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Dappledown Farm
Genre Family
Created by Catherine Kirkwood and Nick Wilson
Directed by Adrian Hedley
Catherine Kirkwood
Nick Wilson
Creative director(s) Nikky Smedley
Starring Brian Cant
Marcus Clarke
Helena Smee
Sally Preisig
David Alan Barclay
Joe Greco
Katherine Smee
Dave Taylor
Tim Jones
Geoff Felix
Nick Wilson
Composer(s) Peter Gosling
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 5
Production company(s) Clear Idea Television
Distributor Clear Idea Television
Original network ITV, Channel 5 (1998)
First shown in 1990
Original release 1990 (1990) – 1999 (1999)

Dappledown Farm was a British children's educational television programme, starring and presented by Brian Cant and a series of puppets. It started airing in 1990 on TVAM before moving to Channel 5's Milkshake!.

In the show's narrative, Cant's character Brian was the owner of the Dappledown Farm. For each episode, he introduced feature cartoons from a studio farm set. For example, in the first episode, Brian told the story of animals on the farm that hatched from an egg such as birds, snakes, and tortoises. In addition to the puppets, the show also integrated stories that involve real-life animals.

Puppet characters

Puppet characters in the show included: Dapple the Horse; Mabel the Cow; Stubble and Straw, the two mice; Columbus the Cockerel; Lucky Ducky; Colin the Coot; Millie the Moorhen; Fiona the Frog; and Harry the Heron. These characters had different personalities that range from mischievous to bashful. For this reason, there are times when they quarrel with each other and Brian the farmer served as the mediator.

The puppets were created by the Hands Up Puppets company.


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