Grains of Wheat
Milk from the Dairy
Eggs for Breakfast
Pig in the Middle
The Secret House
Badgers and Bears
Keep Clear of the Water
in the Wood
140 minutes approx
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the Sleeve Notes
These are the last fourteen episodes of Poglesí
be released on DVD and have remained unseen since they were originally broadcast
1999 the Dragons Friendly Society was set up by myself and Oliver
Postgate and Peter Firmin,in order to take care of some of their Smallfilms
programmes which had been languishing somewhat.
one of those programmes. So, Oliver and I went through the archives at the BBC
(and Peterís own shed full of film cans) and produced three DVDs. The first
the BBC showed only once because they found it too scary for daytime television
was followed by two DVDs of episodes chosen by Oliver as his favourites.
we didnít go on to clean up everything. Most of the first series eluded us,
both as the sound had deteriorated (being an optical variable density sound
track which had sat in a disused cowshed on Peterís farm through forty winters
and summers) but also because Oliver didnít feel his writing had found its
rather than throw money at a full scale restoration project, Oliverís said
Ďdesistí and was rather fierce about it. So we did, and the final fourteen
films remained in their tins.
was still a pressing need to preserve the films, so over the years we continued
to rummage through the BBC library and found, between BBC copies and Smallfilmsí
own, the best film stock to record from. Sometimes taking the sound from one to
match with the better picture from another.
from the first series, which was
commissioned to be educational and about the countryside, and so we have some
marvellous scenes of farmers and their children working in the Kent fields and
woods near where Oliver and Peter lived.
the second series Oliver began to develop a format which predated Bagpuss in
which Pippin and Tog would find something or have a need of advice from the
magical Plant, the Plant would tell a story and matters would be transformed.
Often there would be a song or a dance.
In September of 2015 we ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise some money
(and interest) and were successful!
about it here
well-deserved thank you to everyone who has helped to
make these films available again. Thank you.
The Pogles Collection
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Please note that these
programmes were filmed in Black and White, and over 30 years ago
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Oliver and Loaf went through all the original scripts, and as
you can see, he was quite emphatic about what he wanted putting onto the DVD
which became 'Pogles Choice'
However, we have now saved all the films which he was trying
to put in a skip!
..and in this case, he was wrong. I think he had forgotten
what little gems they are, and a valuable social history.
Time has been kind to the Pogles.