Pigeon Street

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Pigeon Street
Genre Children
Written by Michael Cole
Voices of George Layton
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Location(s) UK
Running time 15 minutes
Release
Original network BBC
Picture format Colour
Original release 10 February – 17 December 1981

Pigeon Street is an animated children's television series, written by Michael Cole, originally shown on the BBC in 1981 as part of its 'See-Saw' strand for pre-schoolers. There were two series with eight and five episodes respectively, each programme lasting fifteen minutes. The series has been repeated a number of times.

The animation was created by Alan Rogers and Peter Lang of the Cut-Out Animation Co., who later went on to do a nursery rhyme series with similar animation called Rub-A-Dub-Dub. Voices were performed by George Layton, with additional voices by John Telfer. Music was by Benni Lees, and played by Soulyard.

The shows featured the everyday adventures of a group of characters living on Pigeon Street, an area of flats and terraced housing in a British city, also home to several pigeons which appeared in each show but only occasionally featured in the plot.

Characters included Clara the long distance lorry driver, her cohabiting partner Hugo the chef, Mr Baskerville the detective, Mr Jupiter the astronomer, Mr Macadoo the petshop owner and twins, Molly and Polly, who were only distinguishable by the letter M and P on their jumpers.

Episode Listing[edit]

Episode Title Broadcast Date Synopsis
All in a Day's Work 10 February 1981 William the Window Cleaner has a busy day when the lift of Skyrise Court breaks down, but Reg, Clara, Hugo, Mr. Jupiter and everybody else in Pigeon Street lend a helping hand.
A light in the sky 17 February 1981 What is the light in the sky that Mr. Jupiter has spotted? Is it an aeroplane, a shooting star or a spark from Reg's bonfire?
Pigeon at sea 24 February 1981 Mr. Macadoo, Mr. Baskerville and 'Long Distance' Clara help a pigeon understand that it can't take to water like a duck or a gull.
Can I have my ball back? 3 March 1981 Gerald gets a football for his birthday. Reg, Mr. Jupiter, Mr. Baskerville and Watson join him for a game on the green, but a long kick by Gerald leads to trouble.
Noisy neighbours 10 March 1981 The noise Daisy makes gets on the nerves of her neighbour Rose. Rose's noise annoys Daisy too, but then they find out how to use the thin wall between them.
Pigeon Post 17 March 1981 Bob has trained his pigeons to fly back to him no matter how far they go. Clara, the lorry driver, finds that they are the only way of sending a very important message.
A cold day 24 March 1981 Everybody in Pigeon Street has a cold, until Hugo the cook stumbles upon a cure.
Somewhere to Eat 31 March 1981 When it's lunchtime in Pigeon Street most people make do with sandwiches. Hugo and Betty plan how everybody could meet up and eat lunch together, but it's not as easy as looks.
Episode Title Broadcast Date Synopsis
Down with the car park 19 November 1981 Jim, Gerald and the twins discover that Mr. Clark of the council has plans to build a garage on their playground. The only answer is to protest, but it proves very expensive.
The Flood 26 November 1981 Days of rain bring a flood to Pigeon Street. Reg uses a boat from Swanlake Park to rescue the pets, and when they are aboard, Daisy thinks his boat looks like Noah's Ark.
Hobbies 3 December 1981 Everybody in Pigeon Street seems to be taking up a hobby, but when Gerald decides to play the saxophone, he has to find somewhere to practice where there's nobody to disturb.
Springtime for Hugo 10 December 1981 Hugo has to lose weight and Dr. Glossop advises him to go jogging with him. But jogging is not the right sort of exercise for Hugo. What is? Clara comes up with the answer.
Getting away 17 December 1981 Everybody in Pigeon Street is going on holiday. Mr. Macadoo wants to go too, and Gerald and Mr. Baskerville look after his pet shop while he's away.

Characters[edit]

  • Betty-The school dinner lady and is William's wife and Jim's mother.
  • Bob-The owner of the cycle shop called "Bob's Bikes" and is Reg's brother and Doreen's brother-in-law.
  • Clara-The lorry driver and is Hugo's wife.
  • Daisy-The old lady who is a next-door neighbor to Rose and feeds the pigeons on her window sill.
  • Doreen-The owner of the launderette and is Reg's wife and Bob's sister-in-law.
  • Dr. Glossop-The doctor and is Mrs Glossop's husband and Gerald, Molly and Polly's father.
  • Flash-Mr. Jupiter's dog.
  • Gerald Glossop-Molly and Polly's older brother and son of Dr. and Mrs Glossop.
  • Hugo-The local chef and is Clara's husband.
  • Jim-William and Betty's son.
  • Molly Glossop-Gerald's sister, Polly's twin sister and twin daughter of Dr. and Mrs Glossop.
  • Mr. Baskerville-The detective is always carrying his magnifying glass and has a dog called Watson.
  • Mr. Jupiter-The astronomer is always carrying his telescope and has a dog called Flash.
  • Mr. Macadoo-The pet shop owner.
  • Mrs Glossop-The owner who made strawberry jam and is Gerald, Molly and Polly's mother and the wife of Dr. Glossop.
  • Polly Glossop-Gerald's other sister, Molly's twin sister and other twin daughter of Dr. and Mrs Glossop.
  • Reg-The park sweeper and is Doreen's husband and Bob's brother.
  • Rose-The other old lady who is a other next door neighbour to Daisy and scares the pigeons away.
  • Tom-Mr. Macadoo's cat.
  • Watson-Mr. Baskerville's dog
  • William-The window cleaner and is Betty's husband and Jim's father.

Rogers and Lang went on creating many animations for programmes like Words and Pictures, Numbertime, Rosie and Jim, Hotch Potch House, Rat-A-Tat-Tat and The Number Crew.

Credits[edit]

  • Written by: Michael Cole
  • With the Voices of: George Layton, John Telfer
  • Music Composed by: Benni Lees
  • And Played by: Soulyard
  • Sound by: Andrè Jaquemin, Peter Hodges, Rod Guest
  • Edited by: Grahame Scoular, John McNelly, Alec Jeakins
  • Animation by: Peter Lang
  • Design by: Alan Rogers
  • Production by: David Yates, Alan Rogers
  • A David Yates Production
  • © BBC MCMLXXXI

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