ye landlubbers, we're going to have a visitor!"
Postman Pat's son Julian and his best pal Meera
are playing pirates around
the garden, and battling through Mum's borders in the
process. It's the Greendale
Flower Show today and they're squishing her flowers,
why don't they look
for buried treasure instead?
Just then, Pat arrives with a postcard and some
exciting news. Cousin Matt's
coming over from America - today!
As if on cue, Polly the cat turns up, with Matt
himself close behind.
Matt could pass for Pat's twin brother, except
he has a goatee and moustache
and he's dressed up as a sailor. And Polly is the spitting
image of Jess, only
she wears a pink collar and has fluttering blue eyes.
Oh, but she's not Matt's
cat. She's a ship's cat and she comes with the
vessel he's hired.
Matt takes Pat, Julian and Meera and Jess and
Polly to investigate his big
blue boat, and they bump into Reverend Timms. He recalls
Matt as a little boy,
and his memories of him are tied in to the mysterious
disappearance of the
Greendale Cup - the first prize trophy at the
Flower Shows of olde. It
disappeared long ago, and nobody knows what happened
to it, but the
flower show has never been quite the same without it...
Matt knows, though. He took it as a lad, and buried
it on an island for a
treasure hunt game. But a bout of chicken pox
prevented him from reclaiming
it, and he moved to America soon after. So that's
why he's back now,
with a boat and his old map, so they can track
down some real treasure
At last! - Here's a Postman Pat special that does indeed
On DVD the film has a 16:9 ratio so that it certainly
looks the part.
And from the word go, there's a rousing piratical
score to accompany
the action. There's also an extra vitality to
proceedings, and the characters
engage and interact beautifully. That's not to
run down the preceedings
films. It's just that this one has an extra
sprinkle of magic dust. Perhaps
it's the jaunty theme and its scenic locations inspiring
The new Postman Pat specials always have a selection
of magic moments
and details. Here you're spoilt for choice. The
kids wear terrific home-made
pirate gear throughout the film. Matt reflects on his
mischievious past by
way of a grainy, sepia interlude in which we see
a young Reverend Timms
and Mrs Goggins. The final hornpipe dance is a
delight too. Oh, and look
at baby Nikhil in his pushchair, with his adorable
The best moment of all? - It has to be the coy exchange
between Dr Gilbertson
and PC Selby. Selby's testing the mic before the
Flower Show when the good
Doctor persuades him to sing for her. It's a treat!
As Matt and Pat and kids search for their treasure
we keep returning to
Charlie and the Pottage twins, helping the Greendale
folk find their own
lost treasure with the aid of Charlie's metal
detector. We also watch as the
Flower Show is set up, and the judging begins.
Needless to say, our
island plunderers return - trophy in hand
- just in time to award the
Grand Prize, and it's all wrapped up with a good
Here be treasure!
you want to find the Greendale Cup? - First you have to hire
a big blue boat, and sail her to a nameless
island. Once there:
the big tree in the middle of the island. It's marked with
a letter M (for
Let Cousin Matt take 30 paces in the direction of the fallen log
that looks like a
digging. And keep digging until you realise that Matt's
big pacing has lead
you to the wrong spot...
back to the tree with the M and let young Julian measure
out 30 paces in
the direction of the fallen log that looks like
digging. And keep digging until you strike a buried chest.
Therein lies your
award for Most Artistic Floral Arrangement goes to Sarah Clifton.
Timms wins the top prize for Best All-round Display,
thanks to his wonderful
Woodgate has written all the songs and music for Pat's
new series and he's at his very best here,
with a brash piratical score.
And there's a new song too. "Sailing
on a Pirate Ship" plays as the
gang set sail on Matt's boat. Meera takes
the helm and nudges the
boat against the riverbank. They use a telescope
to spy on PC Selby,
who crashes his bike whilst waving to Dr
Gilbertson. Pat steps in a
bucket and he and Matt take a tumble on their
Then Pat is tied up with rope and they all dance
"We're sailing on a pirate ship
When we say Yo-Ho-Ho!"
Sailing on a Pirate Ship by Simon Woodgate
perfect little film has no glitches, no ommissions, no stopped
or continuity errors...
Well, none have been found thus far!
Unlike the other three specials, "Postman
Pat and the Pirate Treasure"
had its tv premiere prior to its home video launch.
The film aired on BBC2 on September 20th 2004, and
subsequently released on DVD/VHS six months later,
7th March 2005.
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
Tom Edgar, Lisa Goddard, Lisa-Jane Gray,
Ben Halliwell, Duncan Kinnaird, Steve Boot,
Adam Farish, Phil Gray, Susan Guy,
Russell Hicks, Chris Tootell, John Oates
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
The As & When Men
Jeff Spain, Rick Kent, Richard Sykes,
Alan Henry, Robin Jackson
Dom Lee, Dave Mason, Tom Clempson
Lucy Buscough, Jodie Silverman
Nigel Cornford, Joan Jones, Clare Elliott,
Martin Kelly, Simon Lacey, Roger Robinson
Jo Richards, Chris Randall, Tim Jones
Leigh Anderson, Elizabeth Lanceman
The Sound House, Hullabaloo studios
Phil Atack, Matthew Horsefield
Victoria Marks (for