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1001 Trumpton
Added on 16th August 2020

Writer and producer Gordon Murray
First shown 1966, BBC

A TV animation made for very young children telling stories of everyday life in a fictional village.


Narrated by children's TV presenter Brian Cant, Trumpton is a stop-motion animation of life in the fictional village of Trumpton. Each episode starts with a shot of the Town Hall clock and then follows a minor setback in the life of one of the town's residents which is successfully resolved by the end of the episode. Every episode features the town's fire brigade whose names are called out for the daily roll call 'Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb'.

Why we chose it

Trumpton and the associated stop-motion animations Camberwick Green and Chigley established a now-familiar format for animated series specifically made for very young children. It portrays a reassuring world in which minor domestic setbacks are speedily resolved within a context of predictable routines and familiar characters such as fireman, postmen and shop keepers.

Where it came from

Trumpton was first shown on the BBC from January - March 1967 and followed on from the earlier series Camberwick Green created in 1966. The name is believed to have come from the East Sussex village of Plumpton (with nearby villages of Wivelsfield Green and Chailey inspiring the fictional neighbouring villages of Camberwick Green and Chigley). The setting and characters of Trumpton hark back to an idealised turn of the century version of village life. Unlike other stop motion animation such as Noggin the Nog or the Clangers there is no element of fantasy in the Trumpton stories.

Where it went next

After Camberwick Green and Trumpton, a third series of animations was made called Chigley - known collectively as the Trumptonshire Trilogy. Chigley was home to a biscuit factory making it slightly more industrialised than its fictional neighbours, although many of its characters came from Trumpton and Camberwick Green.

In 2016 the band Radiohead were accused of breaching copyright in their animated video for 'Burn the Witch' which used a similar animation style and figures from the Trumptonshire stories to portray a dystopian village life.

Associated stories

The gentle everyday setting and domestic format of the Trumpton stories is adopted by later animated series such as Fireman Sam and Postman Pat.

Added on 16th August 2020

Writer and producer Gordon Murray
First shown 1966, BBC