Brum (TV series)

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Brum
Created by Rex Garrod
Developed by Ragdoll Productions for BBC Television
Starring Brum
Narrated by Toyah Willcox
Tom Wright
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 65
Production
Executive producer(s) Tom Poole
Vic Finch
Running time 10-15 minutes
Production company(s) Ragdoll Productions
Hit Entertainment
Release
Original channel CBBC
CBeebies
Original release 26 September 1991 (1991-09-26) – 4 November 2002 (2002-11-04)

Brum /ˈbrʌm/ was a British children's television series about the adventures of a radio controlled car of the same name. It was produced by Ragdoll Productions for HIT Entertainment and first broadcast in 1991. It was initially directed, written and produced by Anne Wood, latterly directed and written by Vic Finch, Paul Leather, Emma Lindley, Morgan Hall, Brian Simmons, Nigel P Harris and others. It was initially narrated by Toyah Willcox and later by Tom Wright. The show was first aired on Children's BBC on BBC One (later on CBeebies) and also aired in the United States on Discovery Kids as part of the Ready Set Learn kids block on the channel that lasted from 1996 to 2010. The show has also aired on ABC, ABC1 and ABC2 in Australia.

The series[edit]

Brum has been written by a range of writers over the years. Anne Wood primarily wrote all the first series, whilst the second series was written by Tom Poole, Dirk Campbell, Andrew Davenport and Morgan Hall. The last two series were written by the existing Ragdoll team which included Alan Dapre, Vic Finch, Dylan Leslie Birch and Holly Elson. There were also episodes by writers and originators on Boohbah, Steve Dorrance and Will Miller.

The title character is a half-scale replica of a late-1920s Austin 7 "Chummy" convertible. He drives by himself (in reality by radio control) and can express himself in a number of ways including opening and closing his doors and bonnet, "bobbing" his suspension, flashing and swivelling his headlamps, rotating his starting crank, extending his turn signals, and using his horn.

The actors in Brum do not speak; mime and off-screen narration help propel the story. For this reason, it has been easy to prepare episodes for airing in other countries and Brum has been broadcast in many parts of the world and in many languages, including English, Italian, Dutch, Hebrew, Croatian, Arabic, Norwegian, German, Spanish, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Welsh, Polish, Portuguese, Thai, French, Hungarian, Catalan, Bulgarian and Japanese.

Each episode of Brum begins and ends in the same way - with Brum, sitting amongst the cars in a motor museum. When the museum owner's back is turned, he comes to life and heads out to go exploring in the "Big Town", but always returns to the museum at the end of each episode. The opening sequence and closing sequence was filmed at the Cotswold Motoring Museum in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England. The model car used in filming is kept on display there when not in use.

Originally the programme was set in the city of Birmingham in England, hence the name; in addition to its onomatopoeic nature of a car engine revving, Brum is a common colloquial name for Birmingham and its inhabitants are known as Brummies. Later series make no mention of Birmingham, calling it the "Big Town", but Brum still continued to be filmed there and many Birmingham streets and landmarks can be seen in each episode, including Aston University.

The show's original title theme and music were composed by Kjartan Poskitt for the first two series. The incidental music for the most recent series was composed by Daniel Jones (but not that of the end credits) and is consistently scored for piano, bass guitar, drums and saxophone ensemble, although it varies stylistically from big-band swing to disco, classical, reggae, and music-hall styles. This consistency of sound gives a very convincing and appropriate sense of a small pit orchestra or circus band, and is very much part of the series.

"Brum" is no longer produced by Ragdoll Productions. Production ceased on 4 November 2002. Following Brum's redundancy from Ragdoll, the little car is now on display at the Cotswold Motoring Museum in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England.

Brum was designed and built by Rex Garrod, and a very early prototype of Brum can be found in Rex's own series, Secret Life of Machines, dated about 1989.[1] A radio controlled toy model of Brum is also seen in the music video for "Fireflies", the worldwide number one hit by Owl City.

Credits[edit]

  • Narrators - Tom Wright, Sarah Wichall
  • Choreographer - Litza Bixter
  • Writers - Ragdoll Team, Alan Dapre, Will Miller, Stephen Darrance
  • Script Researchers - Emma Collins, Daniel Clarke, Heather Tyrell, Emma Collins,
  • Casting Assistant - Duncan Nichol
  • Brum Design and Team - Bob Berk, Rex Garrod, Mick Culler, Andy Spooner, Alex Hogg, Kevin Sear
  • Art Directors - Zoe Bacharach, Tim Jones, Jane Holloway, Keith Maxwell
  • Costume & Make Up - Gillian Sanderson, Carolyn Fleming, Janice Rider
  • Production Co-ordinators - Frances Duncan, Rebecca Whyte
  • Post Production Co-ordinators - Louise Neighbour, Lynne Hawkins
  • Script Supervisors - Amanda Wasey, Alex Moat, Sylvia Ellis, Nichol Hoye
  • Corporation Men - Kevin McGreevy, Adam Schumacher, Vince Williams, Sam McDonald, Dennis Herdman
  • Corporation Women - Denise Dave,
  • Props Buyers - Tom Beach, Simon Blackmore, Ray Purvis
  • Unit Managers - Francis Duncan, Lee Smith
  • Location Managers - Nick Eastwood, Ken Holt, Malcolm Walker
  • Production Secretary - Sarah McKintosh
  • Assistant Directors - Richard Lindsay, Steve Murphy, Martin Patience, Trudy Coleman, Rose Wilde, Philip Monks
  • Cameras - Noel Paley, James French, Nigel Davey, Shelley Gibbs
  • Editors - Dawn Mears, Lee Phillips, Nick Robins,
  • Dubbing Mixers - Brendan Nicholson, Tom Sayers, Graham Peters, Tim Vine
  • Production Accountant - Gary Phillips
  • Line Producer - Nicky Barfoot
  • Head of Production - Liz Queenan
  • Director of Production - Sue James
  • Production Designers - Helen Dagger, John Plush
  • 1st Assistant Director - Richard Lindsay
  • 2nd Assistant Director - Merlyn Rice
  • Camera Assistant - Ben Reeves
  • Runner - Paul Honeyghan
  • Associate Producer - Jos Houben
  • Brum Brum Gets Things Done - Beggs/Harris/Sheppard
  • Music by - Paul Honey, Howard McGill
  • Directors - Chris Bernard, Morgan Hall, Brian Simmons, Paul Leather, Emma Lindley, Nigel P Harris, Vic Finch
  • Producers - Chris Wood, Crispin Evans
  • Executive Producer - Anne Wood

other cast from Brum episodes:

  • The Celebrity - Johnny Fori
  • Baddies - Chakky Skywalker Chawner, Paul Jackson, Christine Nayrolles, Daniel Lloyd, Jason Segade, Eric Mallet, Paul Filipiak, Julia West, Miles Anthony
  • Traffic Policeman - Mark Powlett
  • Granny Slippers - Linda Kerr Scott
  • Gorgeous Gordon - Enoch White
  • Max Speed - Christian Dixon
  • Tramp - Gary Barber
  • Mayoress - Lesley Stainer
  • Yellow Coaches - Andrew Cullum, Malcolm Deathridge
  • Bakers - Andrew Cullum
  • Yellow Team - Daniel Applewaite, Curtis Applewaite, Alex Wedver, David Poynor, Jonathan Woolf
  • Red Team - Julian Keane, Justyn Towler, Mike Peters, Mark Berryman, Paul Cox, Ron Hope
  • Girl - Iesha Green
  • Mum - Jo Bradford Mason
  • Balloon Seller - Simone Rhone
  • Workmen - Ian Harrison, Vince Williams
  • Boyfriend - Rupi Lal
  • Girlfriend - Cheryl Stott
  • Scooter Girl - Lynsey Willmore
  • Piano Delivery Men - Vince Williams, Ian Harrison
  • Mr Brillo - Rob Thirtle
  • Stall Holder - Roger Bill
  • Jim - Adam Crinage
  • Blue Coach - Kevin McLaughlin
  • Red Coach - Denise Dave (Denise Dove)
  • PC Plod - Mike Eastman
  • Biker - Toby Sedgewick
  • Biker's Girlfriend - Leeza Roche
  • Window Dresser - Helene Pratrot
  • Delivery Men - Kevin McGreevy, Rrenford Junior Fagan
  • Ice Cream Wendor - Daniel Delgado
  • Rickshaw Driver - Rrenford Junior Fagan
  • Café Waiter - Pausto Sciarappa
  • Mrs Posh - Iona Kennedy
  • Busker - Barney Dee
  • Pickpocket Polly - Catherine Marimer
  • Girl Bowler - Katie Hardy-Lane
  • Cashier - Sarah Mackintosh
  • Runner - Vince Williams
  • Weight Lifter - Steven Thompson
  • Theme Park Manager - Gary Barber
  • Mayor - Gordon Lea
  • Mayoress - Lesley Stainer
  • Binbag Man - Ian Harrison
  • Bank Manager - John Woodford
  • Mrs Bank Manager - Norma Cohen
  • Policewoman - Maya Sondhi
  • Shop Assistant - Rochi Rampal
  • Teacher - Dawn Morris
  • Museum Keeper - Brian Wilson
  • Man Loading Lorry - Vince Williams
  • Policeman - Pushpinder Chani
  • Lady Behind Desk - Sharlene Rough
  • With thanks to - Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
  • Billy - James Smith
  • Tilly - Laura Higgs
  • Ballet Teacher - Sami-Saidi-Dubrevil
  • Stall Holder - Roger Bill
  • Policewoman - Lisa Allen
  • Mr Brillo - Rob Thirtle
  • Brum's Friend - Adam Morris

Characters[edit]

  • Museum Owner (Mike Cavanagh) - The owner of the car museum where Brum lives. He is the only human character who appears in every episode, and the only character who appears apparently oblivious to Brum's sentience. Despite the fact he always finds the item(s) in Brum's seats at the end of each episode, he never questioned it and simply take said item(s) away. However, in the episode Brum And The Car Breakers, there are hints that he knows Brum is sentient but pretends that he doesn't notice. Particularly in that episode when he finds Brum at the scrap yard and replaces Brums battery, and laughs at the scrap dealers when they can't find Brum who had escaped after waking up, unaware of his battery being replaced.
    • Mike Cavanagh was the actual owner/curator of the museum in real life until he retired after selling the museum to the CSMA Club in 1999.
  • The Lollipop Lady (Shirley-Anne Bohm) - A lady who guides traffic along through the big town, allowing Brum to cross on pedestrian crossings as and when appropriate.
  • The Big Town Robber (Andrew Davenport) - A robber who is usually always up to mischief, such as when he stole the trophy for the big race. Brum is usually the one that foils his plans.
  • Mr and Mrs La-Di-Dah - A posh married couple who were regularly featured in season 2.
  • Mr and Mrs Doolally (Mark Barnsley + ) - A friendly if slightly absent minded couple who were regularly featured in season 2.
  • Vicky Spoon - A regular cast member of the second series, Vicky's Brum's special friend.
  • Micky Mender - a handyman, a regular cast member of the second series.
  • Granny Slippers (Linda Kerr Scott) — She wears slippers wherever she goes.
  • Mr Brillo (Rob Thirtle) — He loves gnomes. He lives next door to Granny Slippers and has currently been seen wearing a colourful waistcoat, black circle glasses, a tie and blue shirt. His favourite picture is the Gnoma Lisa. He has loads of gnomes in his garden.
  • Scruffy - Brum's friend, a dog who loves burying things.
  • Big Town Manager (John Woodford) — the manager of the town.
  • Mrs Posh (Iona Kennedy / Carole Davies) - A posh lady who lives in the town.
  • Traffic Policeman (Mark Powlett) - A 'knock-about' policeman. He owns a horse called Arrow.
  • Gorgeous Gordon (Enoch White) - A self-centered, full of himself hairdresser.
  • Bob & Job (Kevin McGreevy & Adam Schumacher) — The two comically clumsy men who wear green dungarees and yellow T-shirts and help the town in a Laurel and Hardy style slapstick way.
  • Rrenford Junior Fagan - A regular cast member of series 3, playing different characters.
  • Rob & Nick (Daniel Lloyd now known professionally as Dan Carey & Jason Segade) a bumbling pair of thieves also known as the big town baddies.
  • Policewoman (Lisa Allen)
  • Sally A woman in Big town who got her cake stolen by teenagers.

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 1991

Rescue 26 September 1991
Kite 3 October 1991
Scrapyard 10 October 1991
Opera 17 October 1991
Mower 24 October 1991
Seaside 31 October 1991
Little Girl Lost 7 November 1991
Wheels 14 November 1991
Stilts 21 November 1991
Removal Van 28 November 1991
Robbers 5 December 1991
Runaway Pram 12 December 1991
Safari Park 19 December 1991

Series 2 1994

Brum and the Helicopter 6 October 1994
Brum and the Crane 13 October 1994
Brum is an Ice Skating Star 20 October 1994
Brum and the Big Chase 27 October 1994
Brum and the Wedding 3 November 1994
Brum and the Big Town Race 10 November 1994
Brum Goes Shopping 17 November 1994
Brum and the Very Windy Day 24 November 1994
Brum and the Street Party 1 December 1994
Brum and the Lost Kitten 8 December 1994
Brum and the Marching Band 15 December 1994
Brum and the Flood 22 December 1994
Brum Goes House Painting 29 December 1994

Series 3 2000-01

Brum and the Airport Adventure 11 October 2000
Brum and the Naughty Dog 18 October 2000
Brum and the Pizzaria 25 October 2000
Brum and the Gymnast 1 November 2000
Brum and the King of Thieves 8 November 2000
Brum and the Skateboarding Bride 15 November 2000
Brum and the Chasing Balloons 29 November 2000
Brum and the Stolen Necklace 6 December 2000
Brum and The Pantomime Cow 20 December 2000
Brum and the Runaway Train 27 December 2000
Brum and The Birthday Cake 3 January 2001
Brum and the Mobile Phone 24 January 2001
Brum and the Bushes 7 February 2001
Brum and the Posh Dog 14 February 2001
Brum and The Runaway Statue 21 February 2001
Brum and the Music Box 28 February 2001
Brum and the Snow Thieves 7 March 2001

Series 4 2001

Brum and the Kitten Rescue 14 March 2001
Brum and The Splash And Grab 21 March 2001
Brum and the Golden Loo 28 March 2001
Brum and The Golf Buggy 11 April 2001
Brum and The Soccer Hero 2 May 2001
Brum and the Rampant Robot 9 May 2001
Brum and the Shop Window Dummy 23 May 2001
Brum and the Bowling Alley 30 May 2001
Brum and The Basketball Star 6 June 2001
Brum and The Gorilla Caper 13 June 2001
Brum and The Runaway Sofa 20 June 2001
Brum and The Kidnapped Garden Gnome 27 June 2001
Brum and the Runaway Ball 11 July 2001

Series 5 2002

Brum and The Stunt Bike Rescue 2 September 2002
Brum and The Stopwatch Botch 9 September 2002
Brum and the Cream Balloon 16 September 2002
Brum and the Pickpocket 23 September 2002
Brum and The Daring Gnome Rescue 30 September 2002
Brum and The Mischievous Mouse 7 October 2002
Brum and the Bank Robbers 14 October 2002
Brum and The Runaway Rickshaw 21 October 2002
Brum and the Paint Pandemonium 28 October 2002
Brum and the Crazy Chair Chase 4 November 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hunkin, Tim; Garrod, Rex (1990). "The Secret Life of the Radio". The Secret Life of Machines. Season 2. Episode 11. 10 minutes in. Channel 4. 

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