"The snow will fall any second now...
Any minute now... Soon.. Very soon!"
Bill, Rosie, Lil, Tapper and the rest of the super
sticky inhabitants of Giggle Row,
in Sabden star in their very own treacle-covered
Christmas is fast-approaching, and the treacle
folk are all getting into the festive
spirit... or at least, they're attempting to... that
includes Leyland Lil, who seems
to have a problem with her freshly-steamed Christmas
pudding. Before you know
it, it's tumbling away down Giggle Row and interfering
with all the townsfolk.
"I'm not chasin' down t'mine
after a Christmas pudding!"
That's Tapper expounding, until he realises who
owns said pudding. But alas,
the pursuit ends with the pudding "drowning"
in the Milton treacle mine. And
now it just doesn't seem like Christmas without
a Christmas pudding. Or snow.
Bur Professor Baines-Pilling has a solution to
hand. He's invented a weather
machine. Except that it doesn't work very well,
and instead of glorious snow
the treacle folk wind up with a huge grey cloud
bank overhead. And as Rosie
points out, how on earth can Santa now find his
way to Sabden with all
this cloud in the way? Their hopes now rest on
an air ballooon, emblazoned
with a big glowing neon sign ("SANTA THIS
"You've been busy? - Have you ever tried trying
fifty-seven million childrens' presents?!"
Another quote there, this time it's old Santa
Claus himself, as voiced by the
great Willie Rushton. He's having a few problems
of his own this year, with
his sleigh in the repair shop. But what's this?
- There's an illuminated
air balloon drifting past his window...
Well, we could go on. But that would spoil all
the stupidity. Suffice it to say,
Brian and Jonathan Trueman's script delivers several
more sticky twists and
treacly turns en route to its snow-filled finale.
And it's all a hoot. And there's
surely no surprise to learn that this fun special was
nominated for a Best
Animation BAFTA. It's a super curtain call for an equally
But you know, the best curtain calls can go on
and on forever sometimes,
and that's the sad part, because "The Treacle
People" should have run to
far more episodes. Two series and a Christmas special
Christmas on DVD
Alas this silly seasonal special isn't available
to own, but you can still
get your sticky paws on this:
People: Treacle Trouble
2 / six episodes / Right Entertainment / March 2006
a Granada production for ITV
developed for television Iain Russell & Mike
with special thanks to Penny Lent
from an original idea by The Dewhurst Family
director of animation:
& built by:
Brian Trueman, Jonathan Trueman
Mike Cottee, Andy Joule,
Simon Clark, Nick Hitchins,
Ben Kennard, Roddy Lorimer,
Bob Loveday, Glyn Matthews,
Wes McGhee, Tamsin Rowlinson,
Adrian Chaldecott, John Duffy
Richard Blakey, Maggie Haden
Jessica Ace, Toby Burrell,
James Heath, Melissa Johnson
The London Studios
Martin Hay, Alan Ritchie