Postman Pat’s sets saved from destruction will be on display | Television
Original sets from the children’s television series Postman Pat that were to be destroyed will be on display for the first time.
The BBC first commissioned Postman Pat, located in the heart of the Lake District, in 1979. The stop-motion series featuring a postman and his black and white cat was written by John Cunliffe and voiced by Ken Barrie.
The sets were in a storage facility, but were in danger of being destroyed unless a new home was found.
Pat’s cottage, school, lighthouse and Pencaster Square, complete with original accessories, will be on display at Waterside in Sale, Trafford, as part of the Cosgrove Hall Film Archives from Saturday.
Altrincham-based animation studio Mackinnon and Saunders, supported by Dreamworks and NBCUniversal, who were involved in the creation and development of the characters Pat, Jess, and Ms. Goggins, asked Waterside to display and archive all sets. remaining originals.
Peter Saunders, co-CEO of Mackinnon and Saunders, said: âIt has been 40 years since Postman Pat appeared on the BBC.
After production was completed the beautiful miniature sets and props were carefully packaged and moved to a storage facility in Stalybridge, but the iconic village of Greendale was notified this year – no longer needed for filming, all models had to be destroyed unless a new home could be found for them.
âWhen Mackinnon and Saunders realized the perilous situation, I contacted the Cosgrove Hall Films Archive in Waterside to ask if their animation archives could come to Greendale’s rescue. The Waterside and Trafford City Council teams immediately offered to help and, through hard work and dedication, many of the designs featured in this unique piece of British popular culture have been preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.
The first 13 episodes aired on the BBC in 1981, hosted by prolific animation director Ivor Wood and originally produced by Woodland Animation.
Richard Evans, Trafford’s Creative Industries Coordinator, said they “jumped at the opportunity âto be the new custodians of sets and props.
“Knowing how much this television series was and still is loved, and how beautifully preserved many of these sets have been, we created this exhibit especially to share these rarely seen sets, puppets and props with fans of the series,” young and old. ,” he said.