Chil­dren’s clas­sics lov­ingly re­stored to former glory

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

THE cre­ator of child­hood TV clas­sics is de­lighted his mas­ter­piece is be­ing brought into the 21st cen­tury.

Gor­don Murray (90), who lives in South­wick, near Oun­dle, cre­ated the much-loved 1960s TV se­ries Cam­ber­wick Green, Trump­ton and Chigley.

With the help of his son-in-law Wil­liam Mollett they de­cided to try and find the orig­i­nal copies of the show to pre­serve the pop­u­lar se­ries for gen­er­a­tions to come.

Wil­liam said: “We had no great ex­pec­ta­tions when we started out the process.

“Even if we did man­age to find the orig­i­nal footage, we weren’t hold­ing out much hope for the state it would be in af­ter nearly 50 years.”

But af­ter find­ing some footage buried deep in Gor­don’s at­tic, Wil­liam then ap­proached the BBC to see if they could track down the miss­ing 50-year-old orig­i­nal footage.

They even­tu­ally traced it to a BBC vault in Perivale, West Lon­don, but it soon be­came clear that the age of the film meant that the restora­tion would be a painstak­ing task.

The reels were taken to BBC Stu­dios and Post Pro­duc­tion who took the footage and frame by frame metic­u­lously cleaned, scanned and dig­i­tally re­stored them.

Gor­don said: “My mis­sion was to pre­serve and fu­ture-proof the tril­ogy for new gen­er­a­tions to en­joy.

“I’d love to see the peo­ple who first watched it back in the 1960s en­joy it again in pris­tine dig­i­tal qual­ity with their grand­chil­dren.

“I’m so de­lighted it’s been so lov­ingly brought back to life. I was re­ally wor­ried it had been lost for­ever and I can’t imag­ine a world with­out Trump­ton­shire.”

The se­ries al­most did not get made in the first place be­cause an­i­ma­tion was ex­pen­sive and the BBC said it could not af­ford it.

But when bosses saw the beau­ti­ful­ly­crafted work they com­mis­sioned three se­ries.

And now a new gen­er­a­tion can en­joy life in Trump­ton­shire and its un­for­get­table cast, in­clud­ing fire crew Pugh, Pugh, Bar­ney Mc­grew, Cuth­bert, Dib­ble and Grub.

Gor­don said: “BBC Stu­dios and Post Pro­duc­tion have done a mar­vel­lous job at get­ting them all ship-shape. They have rubbed out all the mis­takes and cleaned them up. They are per­fect and I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted.”

The fully re-mas­tered se­ries of Cam­ber­wick Green, which first aired on the BBC on Jan­uary 3, 1966, is avail­able now to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from Ama­zon.co.uk

(METP-23-12-11RH2) Pic­ture: ROW­LAND HOB­SON

BRING­ING BACK TO LIFE: The Trump­ton­shire tril­ogy cre­ator Gor­don Murray, right, with son-in­law Wil­liam Mol­let and char­ac­ters from the Trump­ton­shire tril­ogy Trump­ton, Chigley and Cam­ber­wick Green.

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