and Gentleman, welcome everyone
to the Greendale Circus!"
This is third Postman Pat special from Cosgrove
Hall and Entertainment
Rights, and it gives a secondary star the chance
to shine. Here's the
Mr Pringle is taking the Greendale school kids
to the circus tomorrow,
and they're ever-so excited. Especially young Bill
Thompson. He loves
circuses. He's going to be in a circus when
grows up. But Meera is quick
to put him down. He has to be good at something before
he can be in one.
Bill doesn't take her remark too well:
"It's only working at it, that's all. You
can be good at
anything if you work at it!"
But there's bad news for everyone, anyway, because
Mr Pringle's just found
out that the circus has been cancelled at the last
minute. It seems that some
of the performers are ill. Maybe it will come
back next year?
Bill's not easily rerstrained. He wants to know why
can't they put on their
very own circus for themselves, here in Greendale?
Mr Pringle's quite reluctant at first, still,
a bit more cajoling from Bill and
Postman Pat who's dropped by the school, wins
him over. And that's
the cue for the villagers to collect and erect
Meera's Uncle's tent on the
village green. Reverend Timms becomes a One Vicar
Band, and the school
kids practice being jugglers, dancers and animal
trainers. All except Bill,
that is. Every time he has a go at anything, he
fluffs up, and everyone
laughs at him. That gives Pat a chortling idea
and so he and Bill
combine their skills for making folks laugh by transforming
themselves into clowns!
Needless to say, the event is a rousing success
and the kids get
sustained applause for their efforts. But the
biggest hurrah of all is s
saved for the antics of Bill and Pat. Which just
goes to show, everyone
is good at something...
This film is smaller scale than the previous efforts.
There are no storms or
floods, and no Christmas bells. Instead we're
simply cutting back
and forth between the Greendale adults and the school
kids as they
prepare for the big event. The former take an
age to get that darned tent
in order, whilst the latter put together their
acts for the show.
well-staged bit of tomfoolery as Pat and Ajay get the
tent out of the
station and down to the village green, but we're predominantly
watching those children as they apply themselves
to their chosen
routines, with mixed results along the way.
You could all-too easily mistake this for a regular
episode of the show,
but Bill's enthusiasm is rather infectious and it certainly
is refreshing to
see a secondary character hogging the limelight.
The animators are
given their own chance to shine too. The sequences with
her pal ribbon dancing are particularly sweet. Their
even gets PC Selby shedding a tear!
The Greendale Circus
Our Ringmaster for the night is Jeff Pringle,
working with a musical
accompniment from Reverend Timms. The acts
Charlie leads a trio of kids juggling bean-bags.
They don't quite finish their act, but they
still get a big clap....
Rhythmic Rythmn Dancers of Greendale
Meera and her pal don flighty fairy outifts
and twirl their ribbons.
They make a grown Policeman cry, so they
and the Amazing Jess
Julian wears a cape and a fake twirling
moustache as he guides
Jess to stardom. The cat hop-hop-hops from
one upturned plant
pot to another, in turn...
Pat and Big Bill Thomson the clowns
These two funny perculiars top the bill. First
they hide behind the
Ringmaster, then they buffoon with a banana
skin before throwing
a bucket of confetti over Mrs Goggins and
Dr Gilbertson - to
Woodgate has written all the songs for the all-new Postman Pat
series and specials.
"Postman Pat Clowns Around" includes "Now
it's Time to Put on a Show".
The song plays over a montage in which Pat
his pals put up their circus
tent and the kids get their various acts
together for the forthcoming
it's time to put on a show
Everybody can have a go..."
Now it's Time to Put on a Show by Simon Woodgate
of the action takes place outside the school or on the village
green, which means there are no
clocks to go awry, no nick-nacks
to investigate, and sadly for us continuity spotters,
Glitches to report!
The film arrived on DVD/VHS prior to its UK television
It hit stores April 5th 2004.
It eventually premiered on BBC2, on September
on the original series written by John Cunliffe
based upon the original television series
designed and produced by Ivor Wood
script editor: animators:
Plummer-Andrews (for the BBC)
Jane Smith, Oliver Ellis (for Ent. Rights)
Simon Woodgate at Echobass Studios
Tim Collings, Brian Demoskoff, Lisa Goddard,
Lisa-Jane Gray, Duncan Kinnaird, Monica McCartney,
Matt Palmer, Roby Skrzynski, Chris Tootell
Mackinnon & Saunders
Noel Baker, Colin Batty, Anne Hall,
Joe Holman, Clare Jones, Caroline Wallace,
Robbie Manning, Nick Roberson, Emma Trimble,
Kristine Keogh, Georgina Haynes, Richard Pickersgill,
Michelle Scattergood, Stuart Sutcliffe
Patricia Brennan, Laura Fairbrother,
Westley Wood, Milly Newman
The As & When Men
Jeff Spain, Rick Kent, Richard Sykes,
Alan Henry, Robin Jackson
Lucy Burscough, Dave Mason
Clare Elliott, Nigel Cornford,
The Sound House, Hullabaloo studios
Phil Atack, Matthew Horsefield
Victoria Marks (for