Talking Pictures TV have announced they will be broadcasting the 1970s stop motion animated series Stories from Toytown Featuring Larry the Lamb. The series will feature in the weekly line-up for their Saturday Morning Pictures slot.
Larry The Lamb debuted on BBC Radio, on a Children’s Hour series called Toytown in 1929. Thirty-one stories were broadcast in total. The run of stories was reused until the end of the slot in the early 1960s. Twenty-six of the radio stories were later adapted for television by Hendrik Baker, a close friend of the creator of the characters and settings, S G Hulme Beaman.
Stories from Toytown Featuring Larry the Lamb was initially broadcast on ITV between 1972 and 1974. It was filmed by Bura and Hardwick, who also helped to make Gordon Murray’s Trumptonshire series. Larry the Lamb was voiced by Patsy Blower, with additional character voices by Peter Hawkins, Wilfred Babbage, Paul Bura and June Sylvaine. The series has not been seen on UK TV for over thirty years, having last had a repeat run on Thames TV in the late 1980s.
Synopsis provided by Talking Pictures: “Welcome to Toytown, the busy bustling home of Larry the stuttering young lamb and his best friend Dennis the Germanic Dachsund. These two get up to all sorts of innocent mischief around town, much to the chagrin of the Mayor, Ernest the stout policeman, the bumbling Magician, miserable miser Mr Growser, the Inventor, Mrs Goose, Mr and Mrs Noah and the rest”