Hattytown Tales

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Hattytown Tales
Genre Children's television
Created by Keith Chatfield
Written by Keith Chatfield
Directed by Ivor Wood
Voices of Keith Chatfield
Narrated by Keith Chatfield
Country of origin England
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 39
Production
Running time 10 minutes
Production company(s) FilmFair
Broadcast
Original channel ATV
Audio format Monaural
Original run 1969 – 1973

Hattytown Tales is a 52-episode stop motion children's television series produced by FilmFair for Thames Television. It aired in the United Kingdom between 1969 and 1973. Creator and writer Keith Chatfield narrated the series, and Ivor Wood directed it. Books were published by World Distributors and it was featured in the Playland Comic (offshoot of Pippin) published by Polystyle Publications and in children's annuals for 10 years.

Hattytown Tales was also often featured during the television programme Pinwheel (which was widely broadcast on the U.S. television network Nickelodeon during the 1980s).

Some residents of Hattytown

The residents of Hattytown were anthropomorphic hats. The style of hat each character was indicated its ethnicity, attitude, and role in Hattytown society. Bobby, the constable, resembles the hat of a constable. Buildings in the town are also hat-shaped; each building's form suggests either its primary function or resident.

Sancho and Carrots
The Hatty Houses

The main character, Sancho, was a Mexican sombrero with legs and eyes. Carrots, his best friend, was a donkey with a carrot dangling in front of his face. In one episode, an angry bird had made its nest in Sancho's car. Every time the Hattytown residents would try to move the bird, it snapped at them. At the end of the episode, the car door opened to reveal a nest of eggs that had recently hatched, explaining the bird's behavior.

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (1969)

  • Mr Wimple's Breakfast Rolls
  • Bobby's Flower Garden
  • Carrot's Carrot
  • King Ethelbert
  • Milko's Day Off
  • Simon's Magnifying Glass
  • Going Fishing
  • The Statue
  • Sancho's Camera
  • Posty's Old Boots
  • You Cannot Please Everyone
  • Wash Day
  • The King's Portrait

Series 2 (1970)

  • Saving Time
  • Up and Away
  • Creatures of Outer Space
  • Almost Magic
  • The Pillar Box
  • The Royal Hattytown Guards
  • Friendship
  • The Picnic
  • The Cannon
  • Carrots for the Mayor
  • Too Much of a Good Thing
  • Hiccup Buns
  • Bookworms

Series 3 (1973)

  • Bobby's Security Patrol
  • Mr. Bun the Master Baker
  • The Walking Pillar Box
  • The Fete
  • A Note for the Milkman
  • Sneezy Cheese
  • Mrs. Bagwash and the King
  • The Secret Tunnel
  • It Pays to Advertise
  • The Auction
  • The Telephone Box
  • A Taxi for Hire
  • Mustafer the Hedgehog

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