The final stop-motion children’s TV series in the ‘Trumpton Trilogy’. Chigley ran for 13 episodes in 1969.
Created by Gordon Murray it used the same stop-motion production techniques as it’s forerunners. Chigley features many guest appearances by characters from the previous two series. This was at least partly for economic reasons, as it allowed the re-use of theme songs and puppets, thus saving money on recording and manufacture.
The show became known for it’s “Time flies by when I’m the driver of a train”, song which was used in each episode.
The series revolves around the residents of a small community, the village of Chigley, near Camberwick Green in Trumptonshire. Chigley is more of an industrial area than Camberwick Green.
Like the previous series each episode tells the story of a local resident. In each episode local Aristocrat Lord Lord Belborough and his butler Brackett are called on to transport or collect goods on their heritage railway steam engine “Bessie” during these journeys , “Time flies by when I’m the driver of a train”, was always sung.
Each episode ends with Lord Belborough inviteing everyone to the grounds of Winkstead Hall after the daily 6 o’clock whistle (which marks the end of the day’s work at the local biscuit factory), when he plays his vintage Dutch organ, while the workers dance.
Created and Written By: Gordon Murray
Original Transmission Dates: 6th October – 29th December 1969