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Welcome to the Official Gordon Murray Rubovia website


Rubovia Castle illustration courtesy of Andrew Brownfoot

Somewhere in central Europe lies a magical kingdom... 

When asked if the costumes might suggest that Rubovia is set in the Queen Anne era, Gordon Murray made it quite clear. “That would be a big mistake.” he said, “The time is the present. It's just that Rubovians are out of touch. Everything in their blissful country stopped at gas and steam. They love clockwork, and spring-driven gramophones, and things worked with bellows and bits of string. They've no telephones either. You see, they've never heard of electricity. That's why they're so happy.” (Radio Times, 19th January, 1963)


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Jun 8th, 2011: Beloved Rubovia voice actor Roy Skelton passed away today. Our condolences to his family. Roy will be fondly remembered for his Lord Chamberlain and King Boris voices, that imbued "A Rubovian Legend" with so much atmosphere and character. Of course it almost goes without saying that his greatest achievement (which we all adore) was the terrifying vocal presence that he gave the Daleks! Thank you, Roy for these and many other memories.

Jan 20th, 2008: Further delights added include a third Rubovia jigsaw puzzle, and a preliminary version of a new section entitled, "The True History of the Speaking Tube".

Dec 31st, 2006: A general tidy-up of the whole website. A picture of the 4th and last Gublin book cover has been added in Gordon Murray's bio section.

Nov 7th, 2006: Following a friendly email from someone who told us that they had a Rubovia puzzle that we didn't, we made the necessary arrangements and have added it to the merchandise section. This brings the total number of stop-motion jigsaw puzzles listed on the website to three, and we suspect there's another one still out there somewhere.

May 3rd, 2006: The long-promised video clips from the marionette series have been added to the Clips section. Enjoy. Please let us know if you enjoyed them. We love getting your feedback!!!

Sept 25th, 2005: We've added a lot of new material to the website. High-lights are in the merchandise section, where you'll now find the Around the Castle board game, and two Rubovia jigsaw puzzles based on the stop-motion series.

Jan 30th, 2005: Biographies added (at long last) for Peter Hawkins, Raymond Rollett, and Philip Latham, all of whom did voices for the very first series of "Rubovian Legends" in 1955. 

Jan 2nd, 2005: We are grateful to Andrew Brownfoot for the excellent photos of John Hardwick & Bob Bura that have been added in the Bio section.  In case you're wondering about the new splash page, it aims to convey the sense that Rubovia is a country worth visiting!

Nov 30th, 2004: A search engine has been added to the website to help you locate all things Rubovian.

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Memories of Rubovia:
What do you remember from the shows? Some snippets of dialogue, perhaps, or plot-lines, or action? Who was your favourite character, and why? Please share your memories with us. All emails will be acknowledged.

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If you happen to have any of the following media items we would very much like to hear from you:

  • Audio recordings of Rubovia taped from a television set in the '50s to '70s.

  • Rubovia 8 or 16 mm movie footage filmed from a television screen in the '50s or '60s

  • Videotape footage of any Rubovia clips that may have been shown on BBC TV.

  • Newspaper or magazine clippings.

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FYI: The ornate giltwood frame around the painting of Rubovia Castle on this page is modelled on an original 17th century Italian baroque frame that recently sold at auction in the USA for $4,600. Gilt and carved wood, perforated scrolled acanthus leaves, interior 44-1/2 x 37-3/4 in., exterior 72 x 53 in., depth 4 in (inner border is missing). Frames such as this could well have graced the walls of Rubovia Castle.
 

The original 17th C Italian baroque
picture frame


This website was created by Alastair Roxburgh (webmaster and researcher), in collaboration with Janet Roxburgh (researcher, #1 Rubovia fan and web ferret). All of the unattributed text on this website is copyright © 2003-2007 Alastair & Janet Roxburgh. Except for your own personal use, please do not reproduce any of the text or images on this website without our express permission. The links and acknowledgements page has our full copyright notice. 
 

SITE UPDATES

Oct 2, 2011 - Updated Roy Skelton bio.
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Jan 20, 2008 - Added: A preliminary version of a new section describing the true history of the speaking tube.
Jan 5, 2008 - Merchandise  » Updated Rubovia jigsaw puzzles
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Mar 29, 2007 - History  » Several updates and revisions.
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Dec 31, 2006 - Made a start on a new section of the web site: The true history of the speaking tube.
Dec 31, 2006 - Memories » Added a swag of comments from the BBC petition.
Dec 31, 2006 - People » Gordon Murray » Added cover photograph of last Young Gublins Picture Story Book.
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Nov    7, 2006 - Merchandise » Added Rubovia Arrow Games wooden jigsaw puzzle No. 5540W #4.  
May    3, 2006 - Merchandise » Added Rubovia Arrow Games wooden jigsaw puzzle No. 5540W #1 (or is it #3?).  
Sept 25, 2005 - People » Gordon Murray » Added cover photographs from two Young Gublins Picture Story Books.
Sept 25, 2005 - We don't yet have a picture of the Rubovia Plasticine set, so have added a similar one of Camberwick Green.
Sept 25, 2005 - Merchandise » Added the Arrow Games Rubovia - Around the Castle board game.
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Jan 30, 2005 - People » Peter Hawkins, Raymond Rollett, Philip Latham bios added.
Jan 30, 2005 - Minor tweaks and corrections to bios.
Jan   2, 2005 - A new interactive splash page has been added for your enjoyment (use your mouse to look for image hotspots).
Jan   2, 2005 - People » Bura & Hardwick photos added.
Jan   2, 2005 - People » Major updates to Derek Nimmo.
Jan   2, 2005 - Many minor tweaks and corrections.
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Dec 11, 2004 - Many minor corrections.
Dec 11, 2004 - History  » Major rewrite of character introductions.
Dec   7, 2004 - A/V Clips » James Beattie, Roy Skelton » Correction: It was Roy who played King Boris, not James.
Dec   7, 2004 - Chronology » James Beattie, Roy Skelton » Correction: It was Roy who played King Boris, not James.
Dec   7, 2004 - People » James Beattie » Correction: It was Roy who played King Boris, not James.
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Nov 30, 2004 - Atomz search engine added to the website!
Nov 22, 2004 - People » Minor updates to Roy Skelton, Pamela Binns, Hazel Martingell, Molly Gibson.
Nov 22, 2004 - People » Updates to Gordon Murray, Andrew & Margaret Brownfoot.
Nov 22, 2004 - Gallery » Picture Gallery Part 2 » Improved photo quality.
Nov 22, 2004 - FAQ » Series title » Discussion added.
Nov 22, 2004 - Merchandise » Addition of theme tune LP & wish list.
Nov 22, 2004 - Gallery » Picture Gallery Part 1 » New photos and minor text revisions..
Nov 22, 2004 - Production » Settings » Minor revisions to text.
Nov 22, 2004 - Production » Settings » Photo of construction of Rubovia Castle added.
Oct 30, 2004 - People » A new photo of Gordon Murray added.
Oct 30, 2004 - Music » Embedded player removed & replaced with download links. 
Sep 24, 2004 - People » John Hardwick passed away.
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Jun 18, 2004 - People » Audrey Atterbury » New photo added.
Jun 13, 2004 - People » Molly Gibson » Photo added.
Jun 13, 2004 - A surprise has been inserted into the index page background sound.
Jun 13, 2004 - Chronology » Episode Guide » Gublin Legends added; minor revisions.
Jun 13, 2004 - People » Gordon Murray » Updates; revisions to Gublins.
Jun 13, 2004 - Merchandise » Comics » Updates and revisions.
Jun 13, 2004 - Theme Music button added to index page ("Rubovian Legends" and "Rubovia").
May 30, 2004 - Rubovian Legends theme music added to splash page.
May 23, 2004 - Various minor revisions
May 23, 2004 - Gallery » Several more pictures added.
May 17, 2004 - Printed Media » Several pictures added.
May 17, 2004 - Chronology » Corrections to The Wonky Wand.
May 17, 2004 - Gallery » Several pictures added.
May 17, 2004 - History  » Pictures added.
May 17, 2004 - Email address links corrected.
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Apr 18, 2004 - Links & Acknowledgements » Updates.
Apr 10, 2004 - People » Bio for Audrey Atterbury added.
Apr 10, 2004 - Experimenting with new colours and styles.
Apr 10, 2004 - Merchandise » Comic Strips section added.
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Mar   4, 2004 - AV Clips » Audio teaser for A Knight for a Day added.
Mar   4, 2004 - Gallery » Major work started on the expansion of the picture gallery.
Mar   3, 2004 - Production » New pictures in Andrew Brownfoot's memories & Stop-Motion.
Mar   2, 2004 - People » Updates to Andrew & Margaret Brownfoot bio.
Feb 29, 2004 - Merchandise » New section for website.
Feb 29, 2004 - Memories » Updates.
Feb 29, 2004 - People » Updates to Gordon Murray and Roy Skelton bios.
Jan 20, 2004 - Production » Settings & Costumes » New Andrew Brownfoot painting added.
Jan 18, 2004 - Tales » Transcripts completed.
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Dec 28, 2003 - Tales » Brand new section added to website.
Dec 28, 2003 - Chronology » Non Rubovia » Emperor's New Clothes updated.
Dec 28, 2003 - Production » Redesigned to make navigation easier.
Dec 28, 2003 - Gallery » Many small updates.
Dec 28, 2003 - Printed Media » New articles added.
Dec 28, 2003 - People - Andrew & Margaret Brownfoot » New material added.
Dec 13, 2003 - Chronology » Minor revisions.
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Dec   8, 2003 - Chronology » Minor revisions.
Dec   6, 2003 - Production » Settings and Costumes » Updates.
Dec   6, 2003 - Links & Acknowledgements » Updates.
Dec   5, 2003 - Chronology » Minor revisions.
Dec   5, 2003 - Production » Stop-Motion » Updates.
Dec   4, 2003 - Printed Media » Andrew Brownfoot's Memories of Rubovia » Minor tweaks to timeline. Moved to Production.
Dec   4, 2003 - People - Gordon Murray » Minor tweaks to timeline.
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Nov 29, 2003 - Links & Acknowledgements » Updates.
Nov 29, 2003 - People » Violet Lamb, Pamela Binns, Neville Main added.
Nov 29, 2003 - Printed Media » Article added.
Nov 29, 2003 - Chronology » Minor revisions.
Nov 29, 2003 - Gallery » Picture of live transmission added.
Nov 29, 2003 - Production » Major update; still under construction.
Nov 29, 2003 - Index page » Revisions.
Nov 29, 2003 - People - Gordon Murray » Revisions.
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Nov 22, 2003 - People - James Beattie » Revisions.
Nov 22, 2003 - Production » Revisions.
Nov 22, 2003 - Memories » Additions.
Nov 22, 2003 - People - Gordon Murray » Revisions.
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Nov 13, 2003 - People » James Beattie added.
Nov 10, 2003 - People » Roy Skelton added.
Oct   5,  2003 - History » Prince Rupert added.
Oct   5,  2003 - History » MacGregor revised.
Sep 20, 2003 - Acknowledgements revised.
Sep 20, 2003 - History » MacGregor revised.
Sep 20, 2003 - Memories » Additions.
Sep 20, 2003 - Chronology - Episode Guide » Synopsis of Sinister Visitor added.