by John Ryan
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intro narration and music (mp3)
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Mary, Mungo & Midge was first shown on British
television in early 1970s and rapidly achieved cult status. Each story
concerned the adventures of a little girl called Mary, her dog called Mungo and
the little mouse Midge. They lived in a large tower block, the pinnacle of
1970s architecture. Unlike most adventures, the stories all took place in the
inner city where Mary and her parents lived. Using your browsers image view
command you can see larger versions of the image files shown below.
This wonderful children's animated adventure still remains
a classic flat cut type animation.
Each 15 minute episode was narrated by Richard Baker and he
introduced each one with:
"A town is full of buildings, some tall, some short,
some wide and some narrow.
The buildings are flats, and houses and factories and
shops. They are built in streets."
"The streets have cars, buses and lorries driving
along them. Do you live in a town?"
"Mary, Mungo and Midge live in this town."
"They live with Mary's mother and father in this tall
block of flats."
"They live right at the top.
There are 8 flats built on top of each other.
Mary, Mungo and Midge live in the flat with the
flowers growing in the window box.
There's Mary, there's Mungo and there's
"Mary, Mungo and Midge have a large, sunny room to
"A room full of games and toys and picture books."
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rest of the narration
Thirteen episdoes were made and first shown on BBC television (thanks to
John Archbold for the information).
1. The Crane 7/10/69
2. The Letter 14/10/69
3. The Boat 21/10/69
4. Printing 28/10/69
5. Clocks 4/11/69
6. Mungo Lost 11/11/69
7. Automatic Machines 18/11/69
8. The Toy Shop 25/11/69
9. At The Fairground 2/12/69
10. Flying 9/12/69
11. The Garage 16/12/69
12. The Hospital 23/12/69
13. The Seaside 30/12/69
- Episode 1. "Toyshop"Mary, Mungo and Midge are in their playroom.
Mungo tries to help Mary repair her doll that has a broken arm. Midge would
like to help but this would only make Mungo "cross" so instead Midge plays
"soothing music" on his flute. Midge only knows one tune-three blind mice
(click hear to listen to Midge).
Mungo suggests that the doll could be repaired at the toy shop and a visit
is arranged with Mary's mum. Midge is requested to stay at home but decides
that he too would like to visit the toy shop. He hides unseen in the body
of the doll and watches out of the arm socket as Mary, her mum and Mungo use
Mungo and Midge in the
Mungo, as he leaves, must always make sure that the lift
- Upon reaching the toy shop, the assistant says that he can repair the
doll whilst Mary, her mum and Mungo finish their shopping. Midge emerges from
his hiding place and plays with a wide range of toys, crashing a train and
playing a piano before falling asleep in the bedroom of a doll's house. Mungo's
barking wakes Midge up and he clambers into the shopping basket where he
promptly falls asleep again. He is discovered in the holdall at home, but Mungo
had already seen him in the toyshop. Midge promises to be a good mouse in
future, well he says, "at least I'll try".
- Episode 2. "Painting". Today Mary is painting patterns in her
painting book and Mungo is making paw prints. Midge looks at the paint pots
before playing on his flute the only tune he knows, "Three blind mice". They
discuss the difference between painting and printing and make a potato cut.
Mungo and Midge are sent to the green grocers with a note and money when it is
discovered that the household has run out of potatoes. Sitting on Mungo's nose,
Midge presses the lift call button. Upon exiting the lift, Mungo waits to make
sure that the lift door closes, but Midge is in too much of a hurry and leaves.
He hitches a lift on the back of a bicycle and is soon at the green grocers. At
the grocers he plays amongst the vegetables and finds the potatoes. Mungo
arrives and purchases the vegetables whilst Midge looks in the shop window next
door. Here he sees many birthday cards with a black cat on the front. Although
he doesn't like cats, he decides to investigate further. Inside the shop, he
sees the printing presses being operated. "Out of the way, Mouse", instructs a
gruff voice as the cards are printed. During his visit he is increasingly
covered in black printer's ink. When Midge hears Mungo's bark he quickly leaves
the shop, but not before spilling more ink. Back at home, Mary, Mungo and Midge
each get a potato with which to make prints but not before Midge accidently
leaves mouse prints all over Mary's best drawing book.
- Episode 3. "The Fair" Mary, Mungo and Midge visit the park and
children's playground. Mary plays on the swings, Mungo has several shots on the
slide and Midge sits on the seesaw playing "Three blind mice". Here he sees
Gypsy caravans arriving and Mary explains that they are setting up a fair. The
following day, Mary's parents take them to see the attractions. Mary rides on a
duck and plays on the bumper cars with her dad. Midge visits a coconut shy and
is very nearly hit by one of the balls. He finds that he has lost sight of Mary
and Mungo and sets off between the shoes to find them. He hears a man shouting
"Hot dogs" but discovers that it doesn't refer to Mungo. Mary, meanwhile, is
trying to catch goldfish in a bowl on the hoopla stand but catches instead a
surprised Midge who is asking the fish if it has seen them. Mary declares that
Midge is the best prize she could have wished for. Later at home, Midge throws
rings at Mungo's tail while he eats his supper. Mary tells Midge not to disturb
a dog when it is eating it's food. Mary, Mungo and Midge then go to the window
to watch the fair at the sun sets.
- Episode 4. Help required for the remaining episodes, email us
|Pictures and Movement by
||John Ryan Studios
|Story Written by
||Richard Baker with Isabel Ryan
||Bura and Hardwick
|A John Ryan Production
Help from viewers:
Does anyone else remember when Mary broke her leg (can't remember how)
and had to go the the hospital to get it xrayed. When the film was developed,
Midge's skeleton was also seen - the little imp had climbed onto the couch with
Mary - how's that for a caring NHS? Mary's leg was put in plaster and she
limped around the flat on crutches; Midge also limped but can't remember him
Many people have written in with their memories about Mary Mungo and
Midge posting a letter/parcel. Midge either becomes stuck within this item or
follows it through on a mail sorting carriage on the train. This item is then
delivered, perhaps to Mary's Grandmother? What about Midge flying on a kite? Or
remember Mary ending up looking "spotty". Another episode features Midge who
uses his nose to operate a lever the coin lever inside a milk vending machine.
Mungo becomes upset at watching his antics as lots of milk cartons are