Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 18, 2019 0:51:02 GMT 12
I have a memory of a kids' television show which was I'm sure British that I used to watch in the early 1980's that centred around an old man who was probably eccentric and possibly magical. I think he had a white beard and top hat. He would cycle around on a big adult's tricycle that had a trailer and he had a load of animals and birds with him. I don't recall much else but I think he went from village to village and told stories to kids he met, maybe?
I feel I should know this, Dave. I'm sure the guy had one of those soft spoken laid back voices ideal for children's tv and as a possible stand-in for whispering Bob Harris on the Old Grey Whistle test!
At first I thought it might be Mr Majeika, a character played by Stanley Baxter who had magical qualities and a tricycle, but no trailer or white beard. His mentor had the beard, but the programme was first broadcast in the late eighties so possibly not the one you were looking for.
I'm not sure if we are thinking of the same show, but I have been trying to track down a similar-sounding British TV programme from the 80's for years and years.
I remember the opening sequence always showed a well-dressed, eccentric, possible late middle-aged man in a black suit (maybe with hat) riding and wobbling on a bicycle through the country lanes. The theme music was an equally wobbly and eccentric trombone or trumpet instrumental.
I remember he was perhaps trying to solve riddles or crimes and he used to talk and shout to objects and things like vegetables. I distinctly remember a scene where he was in a glass greenhouse shouting at vegetables!
I'd love to find out what this was but can find no trace! I have been searching for over 10 years1