Ivor The Engine, 1959
Another stop-motion animation series from the legendary Oliver Postgate.
By the late 1950’s Oliver Postgate had produced two stop-motion animation films for Associated Rediffusion Television. In association with his business partner Peter Firmin he set up a company: Small Films, in a disused cow shed at Firmin’s home in Blean near Canterbury, Kent.
Ivor The Engine was the company’s first production in 1959. The production used stop-motion animation. The characters and sets were made from cardboard cut outs, these were painted with watercolours.
Ivor The engine was first broadcast in 1959 in black and white and consisted of six episodes. Two further series of thirteen episodes followed. These early episodes were ten minutes long.
It was 1975 when the series was resurrected, this time in colour. The BBC broadcast forty five minute episodes.
Ivor The Engine follows the adventures of a small green steam locomotive who lives in the “top left-hand corner of Wales” and worked for The Merioneth and Llantisilly Railway Traction Company Limited.
His friends included Jones the Steam, Evans the Song and Dai Station, among many other characters.
Narrated By: Oliver Postgate
ITV Rediffusion (1959)
BBC1 (series two onwards)
Created By: Oliver Postgate
Original Transmission Dates: 1959 – 1964 and 1975 -1977