Dappledown Farm

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Dappledown Farm
Created byCatherine Kirkwood and Nick Wilson
Directed byAdrian Hedley
Catherine Kirkwood
Nick Wilson
Creative directorNikky Smedley
StarringBrian Cant
Marcus Clarke
Helena Smee
Sally Preisig
David Alan Barclay
Joe Greco
Katherine Smee
Dave Taylor
Tim Jones
Geoff Felix
Nick Wilson
ComposerPeter Gosling
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series5
Production companyClear Idea Television
DistributorClear Idea Television
Original networkITV, Channel 5 (1998)
First shown in1990
Original release1990 (1990) –
1999 (1999)

Dappledown Farm was a British children's educational television programme, starring and presented by Brian Cant and a series of puppets. It started airing in 1990 on TVAM before moving to Channel 5's Milkshake!.

In the show's narrative, Cant's character Brian was the owner of the Dappledown Farm. For each episode, he introduced feature cartoons from a studio farm set.[1] For example, in the first episode, Brian told the story of animals on the farm that hatched from an egg such as birds, snakes, and tortoises.[2] In addition to the puppets, the show also integrated stories that involve real-life animals.

Puppet characters[edit]

Puppet characters in the show included: Dapple the Horse; Mabel the Cow; Stubble and Straw, the two mice; Columbus the Cockerel; Lucky Ducky; Colin the Coot; Millie the Moorhen; Fiona the Frog; and Harry the Heron. These characters had different personalities that range from mischievous to bashful.[3] For this reason, there are times when they quarrel with each other and Brian the farmer served as the mediator.[3]

The puppets were created by the Hands Up Puppets company.[4]


• Dappledown Farm 1: Water everywere [sic]

▪ Dappledown Farm 2: Forgetful Brian


  1. ^ Jones, Ian (2004). Morning Glory: A History of British Breakfast Television. Devon: Kelly Publications. p. 120. ISBN 9781903053201.
  2. ^ Limited, GipsyMedia. "Episode 0, Season 1 : Eggs - Dappledown Farm". digiguide.tv. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b TV.com. "Dappledown Farm". TV.com. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  4. ^ http://www.handsuppuppets.com/html/DappledownFarm.html

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