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  • Looking for a late 80s UK children's programme

    Hi all!

    There's a British children's programme that I've searched for on and off for almost my entire adult life without any resolution – so I thought I'd try here. My memory of it may be a bit unsure as I would have been quite young when I saw this, but here are (what I think) are the details of the programme:

    It was a live action puppet show, and the puppets were pretty crudely put together - not a lot of moving parts and I think you could see the fishing line they were using to move the puppets about – quite low budget but still endearing. All the puppets (or certainly the ones I remember) were different garden vegetables, and the entire scene was set in a scale model of a park outside a high rise building. Specifically I remember a scene with a group of runner beans having a race on the roof of the high rise, and there being a sports commentary voiceover (I think this was one of the puppeteers who was voicing some of the other characters too, but it's nigh on impossible to say now). The background of the building was dark, and I have a feeling that it was set at night, or at a dark time of year like winter – it could have been a Christmas themed thing, but I'm not sure now. I'm afraid this is as much as I can recall about the programme itself.

    I have a feeling it would most likely have been a BBC or ITV programme. At one point I thought it might be an insert in something like Rainbow or Blue Peter – but I've still had no luck finding it. The reason I say insert is that I only ever saw this single scene, and I don't think it was a recurring thing or a series on its own (although it could easily have been and I just never chanced upon it again). I don't think the duration of it was episode length either, which leads me to think it may have been a short something stuck into a longer programme.

    I'm afraid I'm not 100% certain, but I'd guess that this would have been on TV at some point between 1986 – 1989, but it could also be later, perhaps up to 1994. It's also possible that it was earlier than this and I was shown a video tape instead of watching it live, but I clearly remember it was in colour and that it may have had that glaring quality to the lighting that many tv shows of a certain era had.

    That's all I've got! Any help identifying this programme would be greatly appreciated!

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    'The Munch Bunch'?:

    [URL]http://www.toonhound.com/munch.htm[/URL]

    [URL]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQyS9Xd1P1c[/URL]

    Remove URL part of the links before you copy and paste


    Many years before there was a lovely series called 'The Herbs' (repeated on Channel 4 in the late 1980s I think):

    [URL]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IArets7VbmM[/URL]
    Last edited by cornershop15; 26th August 2019, 12:43 PM.

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    • #3
      [QUOTE=cornershop15;n76785]'The Munch Bunch'?:

      [URL]http://www.toonhound.com/munch.htm[/URL]

      [URL]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQyS9Xd1P1c[/URL]

      Remove URL part of the links before you copy and paste


      Many years before there was a lovely series called 'The Herbs' (repeated on Channel 4 in the late 1980s I think):

      [URL]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IArets7VbmM[/URL][/QUOTE]


      These look vaguely familiar, but it doesn't seem to be the one I've been searching for... Both of the above have puppets with much more defined features than the series that I remember – I don't think the puppet vegetables in the show I remember seeing had mouths or eyes or other anthropomorphising characteristics like this. The general vibe was darker too, the high-rise building in the background was obviously tall and a little ominous in relation to the characters. There may have been a garden in the courtyard / in front of the high-rise, but I may be misremembering.

      Thanks for sharing these shows though!

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      • #4
        Has to be Button Moon.

        [url]https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4439794/?ref_=filmo_li_tt[/url]

        [url]http://www.jedisparadise.co.uk/1/Button_Moon.htm[/url]

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