Episode Guide

“Rubovia”
(Trumptonshire-style stop-motion puppets, 6 plays, colour, 21 minutes, 1976)
Scripts, puppets & production by Gordon Murray

Voices:
Roy Skelton
Narrated by Gordon Murray

Animators:
 
Bob Bura, John Hardwick

Settings and Costumes:
Andrew Brownfoot(?) & Margaret Brownfoot(?)


Music composed and performed by Freddie Phillips

Source Production Information Status

Sources: The Kaleidoscope Children's TV Guide;
BBC record 282 (+picture);
BBC Infax

1st tx: 16th Feb., 1976
13:45 - 13:58 (BBC 1)

 

Rubovia LP cover, front - Magic in the throne room
Court magician, Mr. Weatherspoon, practices some dicey magic on King Boris of Borsovia.

The Unreliable Wand
Runtime: 13 minutes
16 mm colour film

King Rufus is put in charge of organising the entertainment for King Boris of Borsovia's impending visit. And so Court Magician Mr. Weatherspoon puts on a magic show. Unfortunately Mr. Weatherspoon finds that his second-hand wand is worn out. Even more unfortunately, ye olde wand revival procedure (which makes a worn out wand good for two more spells) makes the wand unreliable, which creates some worrying situations. 

Narrated by Gordon Murray & Roy Skelton
Stop-motion puppetry by Bob Bura and John Hardwick

 

Points of Interest: This episode is a remake of the earlier marionette episode, Wonky Wand. Compared to the original, both the dialogue and puppets have been simplified to suit a younger audience.
(Soundtrack also on 33 RPM 12-inch LP record, BBC REC 282)

Held by BBC

BBC Programme
No. LCH7030A

Sources: The Kaleidoscope Children's TV Guide;
BBC Infax

1st tx: 23th Feb., 1976
13:45 - 13:59 (BBC 1)
Dragon Doctor
Runtime: 14 minutes
16 mm colour film

Point of Interest: This episode is a remake of one of the earlier marionette episodes, probably The Dragon's Hiccups.

Held by BBC

BBC Programme
No. LCH7031T

Sources: The Kaleidoscope Children's TV Guide;
BBC Infax

1st tx: 1st March, 1976
13:45 - 13:58 (BBC 1)
The Magic Scent Bottle
Runtime: 13 minutes
16 mm colour film

Point of Interest: This episode is a remake of one of the earlier marionette episodes, probably Spray Fever.

Held by BBC

BBC Programme
No. LCH7032N

Sources: The Kaleidoscope Children's TV Guide;
BBC Infax

1st tx: 8th March, 1976
13:45 - 13:59 (BBC 1)
The Magic Duck
Runtime: 14 minutes
16 mm colour film

Point of Interest: This episode is a remake of one of the earlier marionette episodes, probably The Enchanted Duck.

Held by BBC

BBC Programme
No. LCH7033H

Sources: The Kaleidoscope Children's TV Guide;
BBC Infax

1st tx: 15th March, 1976
13:47 - 13:59 (BBC 1)
The Enchanted Clock
Runtime: 12 minutes
16 mm colour film

Point of Interest: This episode is a remake of one of the earlier marionette episodes, probably Clocks and Blocks.

Held by BBC

BBC Programme
No. LCH7034B

Sources: The Kaleidoscope Children's TV Guide;
BBC Infax

1st tx: 22nd March, 1976
13:44 - 13:57 (BBC 1)

rpt: 22nd Jun, 1976
13:30 - 13:44 (BBC 1)
Tunnel Trouble
Runtime: 13 minutes
16 mm colour film

A secret tunnel is accidentally rediscovered when Mr. Weatherspoon sneezes, but only after losing King Rufus and Lord Chamberlain. 
(Also on 33 RPM 12-inch LP record, BBC REC 282)

Points of Interest: This episode is a remake of the earlier marionette episode, Mystery of Rubovia Castle

Some of the puppet sets used in this episode were re-used for the Bessie o'  the Glen episode of “The Gublins”. Compare the background in the picture at right with the picture on the back of the Rubovia 12" LP record, below. See Gordon Murray's bio (People section) for more information about Gublins.

Rubovia LP cover, back - Rubovia Castle set

Held by BBC

BBC Programme
No. LCH7035W