is a little wooden doll,
no taller than a pin..."
Pin-sized Pinny is a tiny wooden doll, who
lives in a china house, on a shelf
in the sitting room, next to a model ship,
that hosts her sailor friend Victor.
He's the smallest wooden sailor in the world
and he longs for water-borne
encounters like the one depicted in the painting
called "The Ship Wreck"
which hangs over the mantelpiece. But alas, though
his ship is perfectly
formed in every way, with trim white sails,
it never goes to sea. It does, however,
have a few terrifically small adventures, thanks
to Jo and her brother Tom, who
often take the dolls and the boat down from their shelf
to play with them...
"Pinny's House" was the vey last
tv production from the SmallFilms duo of
Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate, and once
again, is a perfectly formed
gem of a series. Pinny and Victor's little
word is brought to life via Peter's
cut-outs, and their adventures accompanied
by the washing, wistful sounds
of Welsh folk stars Ar
Log. Pinny and Victor have such a tender relationship.
It's simply beguiling. And given the latterday
rediscovery of the rest of the
SmallFilms oeuvre, it's amazing to see that this
production has been all-but passed over...
The series premiered as part of the BBC's
See-Saw programming block,
on Wednesday 22nd October 1986...