The Flumps

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The Flumps
Genre Stop motion
Created by Julie Holder
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
Release
Original network BBC One
Original release 14 February – 9 May 1977

The Flumps is a children's programme, created and written by Julie Holder, and produced for the BBC by David Yates. It was broadcast by the BBC many times from 1977 to 1988.

Overview[edit]

The plot revolved around the various adventures of a family of furry characters called The Flumps. It was created and written by Julie Holder and narrated by Gay Soper. The theme tune was played by George Chisholm on the trombone.

In 1978, the BBC released a record, The Flumps (REC 309), that had 4 stories from the TV series narrated and sung by Gay Soper: "Keep Fit", "Balloons", "Moon Shot" and "Something Different".

In 2000, The Flumps was released on DVD. During early 2008, the theme tune was used in a series of adverts for Auto Trader magazine in the UK. These adverts were run again in Q3 2009.[citation needed]

Characters[edit]

The various flumps were:

  • Grandpa Flump, who played a Flumpet (a type of trumpet),
  • Father Flump, a keen gardener
  • Mother Flump, often seen cooking in the kitchen
  • Posie, a girl Flump
  • Perkin, a boy Flump
  • Pootle, the youngest boy Flump

Episode listing[edit]

  • "Secrets"
  • "The Cloud"
  • "The Magnet"
  • "Get Your Skates On"
  • "Moon Shot"
  • "Balloons"
  • "Keep Fit"
  • "Something Different"
  • "Lend A Hand"
  • "Quiet Please"
  • "Grandfather's Birthday"
  • "What A Carrot"
  • "Where's Grandfather?"

Scheduling[edit]

The Flumps was shown 25 times between 1977 and 1992, usually around 1.45pm. The transmission runs were as follows:

14/2/77 -9/5/77 (Mondays)
5/10/77 - 28/12/77 (Wednesdays)
2/4/78 - 25/6/78 (Sundays)
2/10/78 - 25/12/78 (Mondays)
3/4/79 - 26/6/79 (Tuesdays)
4/10/79 - 27/12/79 (Thursdays)
1/4/80 - 24/6/80 (Tuesdays)
28/9/80 - 21/12/80 (Sundays)
7/4/81 - 30/6/81 (Tuesdays)
9/10/81 - 1/1/82 (Fridays)
6/4/82 - 29/6/82 (Tuesdays)
3/10/82 - 26/12/82 (Sundays)
6/4/83 - 29/6/83 (Wednesdays)
9/1/84 - 26/3/84 (Mondays)
6/7/84 - 28/9/84 (Fridays)
30/12/84 - 24/3/85 (Sundays)
5/7/85 - 27/9/85 (Fridays)
31/3/86 - 23/6/86 (Mondays)
8/1/87 - 2/4/87 (Thursdays)
8/7/87 - 30/9/87 (Wednesdays)
20/4/88 - 13/7/88 (Wednesdays)
18/4/89 - 11/7/89 (Tuesdays)
10/7/90 - 2/10/90 (Tuesdays)
4/6/91 - 27/8/91 (Tuesdays)
13/4/92 - 6/7/92 (Mondays)

Note 1: During the first transmission run of 1984, one of the first five episodes was not shown.
Note 2: The final six transmission runs were shown on BBC Two instead of BBC One.

References[edit]

Simon Sheridan The A to Z of Classic Children's Television (Reynolds & Hearn books, 2004, reprinted 2007) ISBN 1-903111-27-7. Features a chapter on the series and an interview with voice-over actress Gay Soper.

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