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Puddle Lane Stories by Sheila McCullagh

Puddle Lane was made by Yorkshire Television and was shown on Thursdays on ITV (12:10-12:25) from 1985 to 1989. It was short 15 minutes or so live acting episode with a story and a song towards the end. The Magician lived in the big house at the top of Puddle Lane where he practised his magic. He lived there with Toby the small Spell Dragon and Cauldron who sat by the fireplace. Aunt Flo was normally the only other live actor who appeared regularly in the show. From time to time Mr. Hooter the Owl and Snodgrass the snake would also make an appearance. The program was so popular with youngsters that it was turned into a series of books. Ladybird went on to produce a whole series of them which were coloured depending on the reading stage. Some of the titles include the following titles : Blue Covers (Reading Program Stage 1) - Tim Catchamouse, Jeremy's Ride, Tessa and the Magician, The Tale of the Tail, Toby Spelldragon and the Magician, A present for Aunt Matilda, The Flying Saucer, Mrs Pitter-Patter and the Magician, Poor Peter Tall: Green Covers (Reading Program Stage 2) - Danger Dragon, The Wideawake Mice go to Market, Never Trust Dragons, The Tidy Bird, When the Magic Stopped (clips from this episode shown below) : Not sure what cover Stage 3 as I have no books. Purple Covers (Reading Stage 4) - The Sandalwood Girl, On the Way to the Mountains : Red Covers (Reading Stage 5) - A Dragon in the Mountains, The Magician's Raindrops. Many more books followed in later series. Below is a few screen shots of this Little Gem of a tiny tots television program. Anyone having any more information, corrections etc. then please email at the usual address shown in the navigation bar at the top and bottom of the page.

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The Puddle Land Story Book

Characters

The Magician
The Magician
Toby Spell Dragon
Toby Spell Dragon
Aunt Flo
Aunt Flo
Mr Hooter the Owl
Mr. Hooter
Snodgrass the Snake
Snodgrass the Snake
Cauldron
Cauldron

The  Puddle from which stories were told A touch of magic from the magician

The puddle of magic where stories are to be found. A single finger touches the water and the story begins

Time for a much bigger spell The three friends around the table

For more powerful spells Cauldron is used to mix ingredients

Below is a list of all the Puddle Lane episodes (Many thanks to Robert Fairbanks for all the hard work in collating this information)

Season 1 (1985-1986)  
1 The Magic Box 03/10/1985
2 Old Mr Gotobed 10/10/1985
3 The Vanishing Mother 17/10/1985
4 The Little Monster 24/10/1985
5 Tim Catchamouse 31/10/1985
6 Tessa And The Magician 07/11/1985
7 Tessa In Puddle Lane 14/11/1985
8 When The Magic Stopped 21/11/1985
9 Mrs Pitter Patter And The Magician 28/11/1985
10 Tim Turns Green 05/12/1985
11 The Flying Saucer 12/12/1985
12 Tale Of A Tail 19/12/1985
13 The Griffle And Mr Gotobed 30/01/1986
14 The Wideawake Mice 06/02/1986
15 Jeremy Mouse And Mr Puffle 13/02/1986
16 The Story Of Hickory Mouse 20/02/1986
17 The Gruffle 27/02/1986
18 The Gruffle In Puddle Lane 06/03/1986
19 The Dragon’s Egg 13/03/1986
20 Tom Cat And The Wideawake Mice 20/03/1986
21 Unknown Title 27/03/1986
22 Look Out Its Magic 03/04/1986
23 The Magician’s Party 10/04/1986
24 Unknown Title 17/04/1986
25 Unknown Title 24/04/1986
26 Never Trust Dragons (Part 1) 01/05/1986

Series 2 (1986-1987)  
27 Never Trust Dragons (Part 2) 16/10/1986
28 The Magic Penny 23/10/1986
29 When The Clock Struck Thirteen 30/10/1986
30 The Iron Boy 06/11/1986
31 The Sandalwood Girl 13/11/1986
32 On The Back Of The Great Owl 20/11/1986
33 The Magical Country Of Zorn 27/11/1986
34 On The Way To The Blue Mountains 04/12/1986
35 The Fire In The Grass 11/12/1986
36 The Silver Ponies 18/12/1986
37 The Silver River 08/01/1987
38 The Way Through The Cave 15/01/1987
39 The Tidy Bird 22/01/1987
40 How Miranda Flew Down Puddle Lane 29/01/1987
41 Two Green Ears 05/02/1987
42 The Magician And Toby Spelldragon 12/02/1987
43 Danger Dragon (Part 1) 19/02/1987
44 Danger Dragon (Part 2) 26/02/1987
45 The Wideawake Mice Find A New Home 05/03/1987
46 The Wideawake Mice Go To Market 12/03/1987
47 Magic Balloons (Part 1) 19/03/1987
48 Magic Balloons (Part 2) 26/03/1987
49 Jeremy’s Ride 02/04/1987
50 A Present For Aunt Matilda 09/04/1987
51 Mr Grimble Grumbles 16/04/1987
52 Poor Peter Tall 23/04/1987

Series 3 (1987-1988)  
53 A Dragon In The Mountains 29/10/1987
54 The Fight With The Fire Dragon 05/11/1987
55 The Magician’s Raindrops 12/11/1987
56 Magic Raindrops In The Garden 19/11/1987
57 Jennifer Jane’s Wishes 26/11/1987
58 Three Wishes And One More 03/12/1987
59 Adventure In The Wood 10/12/1987
60 Escape From Danger 17/12/1987
61 Christmas Special 24/12/1987
62 Tim And Tessa Go Fishing 31/12/1987
63 The Monster Loses His Beard 07/01/1988
64 Mr Puffle And The Gruffle 14/01/1988
65 Chestnut Sees Fathermouse 21/01/1988
66 Magic Dust 04/02/1988
67 Little Dragon Wakes Up 11/02/1988
68 The Rescue Of Father And Mother Mouse 18/02/1988
69 Tom Cat And The Little Dragon 25/02/1988
70 Magic Silver Water 03/03/1988
71 Magic At Midnight 10/03/1988
72 A Visit To Grandmother 24/03/1988
73 Danger In The Magician’s Garden 31/03/1988
74 The Rescue Of Aunt Matilda 07/04/1988
75 Peter Puffle’s Mouse 14/04/1988
76 The Mouse And Mr Gotobed 21/04/1988

Series 4 (1988-1989)  
77 The Magic Box 06/10/1988
78 Tim Catchamouse 13/10/1988
79 Tessa And The Magician 20/10/1988
80 The Flying Saucer 27/10/1988
81 Look Out Its Magic 03/11/1988
82 Tim Turns Green 10/11/1988
83 The Wideawake Mice 17/11/1988
84 Tom Cat And The Wideawake Mice 24/11/1988
85 Jeremy Mouse And Mr Puffle 01/12/1988
86 How Miranda Flew Down Puddle Lane 08/12/1988
87 The Wideawake Mice Find A New Home 15/12/1988
88 A Present For Aunt Matilda 05/01/1989
89 Jeremy’s Ride 12/01/1989
90 The Magician And Tony Spelldragon 19/01/1989
91 The Vanishing Monster 26/01/1989
92 Two Green Ears 02/02/1989
93 Tale Of A Tail 09/02/1989
94 When The Magic Stopped 16/02/1989
95 Tessa In Puddle Lane 23/02/1989
96 The Wideawake Mice Go To Market 02/03/1989
97 The Little Monster 09/03/1989
98 The Gruffle 16/03/1989
99 The Gruffle In Puddle Lane 23/03/1989
100 The Dragon’s Egg 30/03/1989
101 Never Trust Dragons 06/04/1989
102 Danger Dragon 13/04/1989

Credits

The Magician Neil Innes
Toby the Dragon and Puppets Richard Robinson
Aunty Flo Kate Lee
Puddle Lane Stories Sheila McCullagh
Told By Kate Lee
Music Neil Innes
Lyrics Rick Vanes
Script writer Rick Vanes
Research Sally Wells
Executive Producer Chris Jelley
Directors David Turnbull and John Allen
Producer Michael Harris

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Made for ITV by Yorkshire Television