David Yates / BBC animation: stop-motion
animation episodes: 13 x 15mins
not feeling all right, I'm feeling all wrong!"
Perkin has a moan
By 'eck! - The Flumps were a family of sweet-natured
furballs with distinct
Yorkshire accents. There were six characters, Father
Flump, Mother Flump,
Grandfather and the three children, Perkin,
Posie and young Pootle and stories
focused on such gentle premises as getting
vegetables to grow, fun with magnets,
lending a hand, roller-skating, and keeping secrets. Grandfather
for his ability to play his Flumpet, it was a cross
between a trumpet and a horn
which parped like a tuba. When he wasn't flumpeting,
Grandfather would inevitably
be dozing with his moustache breezing and
his toes rippling with contentment as
he snoozed. Perkin, meanwhile, was renowned
for his moods, and was regularly
heard sounding-off about the other Flumps,
or situations. Indeed, in the episode
Cloud" Pootle's "umptiness" causes a little
cloud of gloom to follow
him around everywhere for the day...
The Flumps were created by Julie Holder and
the series was produced by
David Yates whose busy CV includes such animated
favourites as Bod and Pigeon Street.
Gay Soper provided the voices and sung the songs that
accompanied the tales.
With their strong dialect, flat caps, brass music,
head scarves and knitted
beanies The Flumps were true Working Class
stars. Their ramshackle garden
was quite dour, with its crumbling brick walls,
fence stumps and discoloured
vegetation but The Flumps called it "home"
and showed extraordinary invention
and resilience. And that same resilience has
seen their popularity hold up
through nigh-on thirty years of children's television.
We may have more technically
proficient shows now, but just like those
SmallFilms productions of Bagpuss
and The Clangers
and the rest, carefully structured simplicity will always work
The Cloud Lend
The Magnet Quiet
Get Your Skates On Grandfather's
Moon Shot What
The first episode "Secrets"
premiered on BBC1, 14th February 1977
at 1.45pm. The series played for thirteen
weeks straight, in the same
lunchtime slot, and concluded 9th May...