Pingwings was an animated black-and-white children's television series of 18 ten-minute episodes broadcast in the United Kingdom on ITV in 1961. It first aired on Southern Television. Created by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin of Smallfilms, it starred a family of penguin-like creatures who lived at the back of a barn on Berrydown Farm. The Pingwing characters were knitted by Firmin's wife Joan and the animation was achieved using the stop motion technique.
Some of the animated sequences were filmed in the open air. Such sequences are often intercut with live-action sequences featuring Mr and Mrs Farmer and Gay the Goat. In this way the Pingwing family interact with their neighbours on the farm.
The series was captured on 16mm black-and-white film. All of the voices were provided by Oliver Postgate and Olwen Griffiths.
A short sequence of Pingwings is available on the CD that accompanies Oliver Postgate's autobiography, and a DVD of the 18 episodes is also available from the Dragons' Friendly Society.
The music for the series was composed by Vernon Elliot and performed by him with Sidney Sutcliffe.
Series one was broadcast from August to September 1961.
Episode 1: "The Happy Event"
Episode 2: "The Ice Cream Tree"
Episode 3: "The New House"
Episode 4: "Baby Pingwing"
Episode 5: "The Sorry Birds"
Episode 6: "The Seaside"
Series two was broadcast from November 1962 to February 1963
Episode 7: "Robinson Pingwing"
Episode 8: "The Fish"
Episode 9: "Mrs Pingwing"
Episode 10: "The Flying Birds"
Episode 11: "The Rag Doll"
Episode 12: "Visitors"
Series three was broadcast from August to September 1965
Episode 13: "A Game of Spoonball"
Episode 14: "Moving House"
Episode 15: "Buying and Selling"
Episode 16: "Ice Cream for Tea"
Episode 17: "A Proper Kitchen"
Episode 18: "Mrs Pingwing's Entertainment"
Mr Pingwing The father figure, portrayed as less than bright but loves his family.
Mrs Pingwing The archetypal mother figure. Wears an apron.
Paul Pingwing The eldest child. Technically minded and overconfident. Wears a hat.
Penny Pingwing Paul's younger sister. Wears an apron.
Baby Pingwing Egg laid in episode one, hatched in episode four. Frequently gets into trouble.
The Pog A strange, wise pig-like creature Mr Pingwing often asks for advice in later episodes.
Gay the Goat Large role in episode two, remains a background character elsewhere. She is deaf and kindly and a live action character.