Little Gems - Snippets from the past
Click here to listen to the start music of Hickory House (317Kb Wav file)
Click here to listen to the end music of Hickory House (466Kb Wav file)
Hickory House was produced by Granada Television back in 1973. The children's program had the usual adults accompanied by series of puppets on the set. The puppets from this series included "Humphey the cushion" and "Dusty the mop head." Both puppets could move and talk independently although Dusty spent most of his time in the kitchen and Humphrey spent his time on the sofa always on the look out for a banana. Other puppets included the "Handle" family who lived in the house. The adult cast varied as it had numerous presenters which typically worked together in twos. Alan Rothwell starred with several including Louise Hall Taylor and Amanda Barrie. Alan Rothwell is better known for a whole generation of children who grew up with Granada's classic Schools program "Picture Box" (click here to listen to the music). Over 100 episodes of "Hickory House" were eventually made each lasting around 10 mins or so.
Characters in Hickory House
Humphrey the Cushion & Dusty the Mop
Louise and Dusty (left), Alan, Humphrey & Louise (center) and Humphrey & Louise (right)
Hickory House Credits
|Presenter||Louise Hall Taylor|
|Puppets||Barry Smith's Theatre of Puppets|
|Created by & Script||Barry Hill|
|Script Editor||Susan Calland|
|Graphic Design||Anna Farrar|
Again...I say...and so would end a lovely little childrens program made by Granada Productions. Not fondly remember by some I have spoken with.... never the less I liked it and hence deserves its place on the Little Gems pages. Comments, thoughts and suggestions etc. to the usual address.