Sunday, 26 September 2010

"Underground Overground Womblin' free....."

"The Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we.  Making good use of the things that we find, things that the everyday folk leave behind..."

These guys are the Wombles.  As the words from the theme tune above say, they collect rubbish from the common, take it back to their burrow and recycle it.  Tobermory, (the one with the clipboard and apron in the top right corner), can make just about anything useful from the things humans leave behind.  Clever Chap.  My Favourite was Orinoco. (Top Middle).  The laziest Womble of them all, always trying to get out of working and just sit down for a quick forty winks. He was also the hungriest Womble, always thinking of his stomach, hence the sandwich in his paw! 

Originally characters in a children's book series by Elizabeth Beresford, they were turned into a BBC Children's TV show back in the 1970s.  The man behind the voices in the TV show was Bernard Cribbins, a British comedy actor better known to some these days as Donna Noble's granddad in Doctor Who. 

The theme tune was written by Mike Batt, who was also responsible for "The Wombles" pop group and some catchy Womblin' tunes that hit the charts in the 1970s - "Remember your a Womble"; "Womblin' Merry Christmas" and of course "Underground Overground". 

A true all round classic!  

Bye for Now

Olly

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