One of my favourite kids shows when I was growing up was Trumpton with it's opening lines of "Here is the clock, the Trumpton clock, telling the time steadily, sensibly, never too quickly, never too slowly, telling the time for Trumpton". I can still remember how excited I used to get when the fire engine came out and Captain Flack done his roll call. We were so easily pleased in those days. At the time of watching I did not realise that it was part of a trilogy with Camberwick Green and Chigley. Nor did I know at the time that almost 20 years after it was first aired that I would be listening to Peel one night in the mid 80's playing a wonderfully, discordant tune about insurrection on the streets of Trumpton. Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub took on a whole new meaning when Birkenhead's finest topped the indie charts in '86 with The Trumpton Riots.
Someone get a message through to Captain Snort
That they better start assembling the boys from the fort
And keep Mrs. Honeyman right out of sight
Cause there's gonna be riot Down in Trumpton Tonight
Genius. Always loved the story about Half Man Half Biscuit turning down the chance to play live on The Tube as their beloved Tranmere Rovers were playing the same night. Makes you kinda love them more.