Summerton Mill

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Summerton Mill
Genre Children's television, animation
Created by Pete Bryden
Ed Cookson
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 27
Production
Camera setup stop motion
Running time 5 minutes per episode approximately
Release
Original network CBeebies
Original release 5 September 2005 – present
External links
Website

Summerton Mill is a British children's television series created by Pete Bryden and Ed Cookson. It was first shown on the CBeebies channel in 2005 as a segment of the BBC's Tikkabilla. It has subsequently been repeated both within Tikkabilla and as a standalone show on CBeebies and BBC2.[1]

It is a stop-motion animated series featuring the characters Dan, his companion Fluffa, Dr and Mrs Naybhur who live up on the hill, Francoise the cow, Mousey-Tongue the cat, two "yellow-spinner" chickens and the "millfreaks", tiny creatures which appear to resemble small, furry hedgehogs.[2]

In all, twenty-six episodes (and a pilot episode) have been produced, and the show has been broadcast in several European and Middle Eastern countries, including Iceland, Finland, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Iran.[3][4]

As at July 2012, the second series has not been seen on UK television, even though it has been broadcast in over 85 countries around the world.

Additional information[edit]

Pete Bryden and Ed Cookson created Summerton Mill based on Pete Bryden's original concept. They designed the sets and the characters, built the sets and the puppets, painted the backdrops, wrote the scripts, edited the video and sound, animated most of the first series and wrote and performed the music. A small production team was drafted in for the second series when the assistant animator of Series 1, James Cleland, was promoted to Director of Animation.

The series is voiced by Silas Hawkins, whose father (Peter Hawkins) provided the voices of Bill and Ben, Captain Pugwash, the Daleks and The Woodentops.

Although the series is made very much in the style of Oliver Postgate's Smallfilms, much of the background humour is in a similar vein to that of Aardman Animation's Creature Comforts.

Summerton Mill was inspired by Somerton Mill, a riverside property which was owned by Pete Bryden. It was at this secluded riverside location that the project was conceived and the pilot episode was filmed.

Somerton Mill 2009
Somerton Mill 2009

The iTeddy children's media player, featured on the British TV series Dragons' Den, was distributed throughout the United Kingdom via the Argos chain of stores and came loaded with an episode of Summerton Mill, with others available from the iTeddy website.[5]

Episodes[edit]

  • Pilot episode (Extended Introduction)
  • The Hole
  • Kite Flying
  • The Sock Thing
  • Wing Nuts
  • Hiding
  • Dr Naybhur's Song
  • Cheering Up
  • The Baby Millfreak
  • Lost and Found
  • Mrs Naybhur's Vegetables (Rework of the pilot episode)
  • Chinese Whispers
  • The Picnic
  • Mrs Naybhur's Poem
  • Buried Treasure
  • Counting the Stones
  • Dan's Amazing Magic Show
  • The Lazy Day
  • Dan's Little Job
  • Laughing
  • The Story
  • Painting
  • Statue
  • Dan's Seeds
  • Dr Naybhur's Balloon
  • The Bottle Organ
  • The Present

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Transmission dates, Summerton Mill website. Retrieved 23 October 2007.
  2. ^ Summerton Mill summary, Toonhound.com. Retrieved 23 October 2007
  3. ^ Summerton Mill TV and Sales section, VGI Entertainment Limited website. Retrieved 23 October 2007.
  4. ^ News section, Summerton Mill website. Retrieved 23 October 2007.
  5. ^ http://www.iteddy.com ITeddy website. Retrieved 5 November 2007.

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