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Happy Birthday! is an episode of The Wind in the Willows

November 28th is coming, which means a very special day for Toad and though all his friends know it, they are not letting on. Ignoring all his hints, they move the conversation round to astrological starsigns and astrology and soon Toad becomes fascinated and decides to become an astrologer. He even dreams of a mention in the Orders, decorations, and medals of the United Kingdom New Year's Honours List. His fortunes take a turn for the worse when the weasels steal his special pocket watch, but the dawn of that particular day holds some more pleasant surprises…


  • Based on the Characters Created by Kenneth Grahame.
  • Story written by Brian Trueman.
  • Voices by Richard Pearson, Peter Sallis, Sir Michael Hordern and David Jason.
  • Other Voices by Brian Trueman.
  • Animators: Marj Graham, Rachel Hall and Andrea Lord.
  • Model Characters Designed and Sculpted by Brain Cosgrove and Bridget Appleby.
  • Illustration by Beverley Bush.
  • Costume Design by Nigel Cornford.
  • Costume Assistant Design by Helen Plaumer.
  • Model Characters Constructed by Peter Saunders, Colin Batty, Clare Elliott,
    Ian McKinnon, Noel Baker, Peter Bentley, Marcia E. Pidgeon and Bridget Smith.
  • Models, Sets and Props by Graham G. Maiden, Pippa Greenwood, Paul Simpson,
    Rowena D. Kidd, Jim Bridge, Rick Kent, Jeff Spain and Steve Howarth.
  • Production Controller: Chris Walker.
  • Music Composed by Keith Hopwood and Malcolm Rowe.
  • Dubbing Mixer: Ted Spooner.
  • Model Camera by Joe Dembinski.
  • Rostrum Camera by Peter Kidd.
  • Film Editor: Nibs Senior.
  • Assistant Editor: Hilary Wyatt.
  • Associate Producer: Chris Taylor.
  • Executive Producer: John Hambley.
  • Produced by Mark Hall and Brian Cosgrove.
  • Directed by Brian Little.
  • © Cosgrove Hall Productions Ltd 1989.

Copyright Gag[]

Despite this episode being broadcasted in 1990, the roman numerals in the copyright credit reads 'MCMLXXXIX' as it is dated in 1989.


  • Recording date: January 5, 1989.