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Happy New Year is the final episode of season 4 of The Wind in the Willows

The New Year brings little cheer for the Riverbankers, as the approaching Railway threatens to destroy everyone's homes, and even Badger seems to have given up hope. Despite this, Toad insists on holding a New Year’s celebration at Toad Hall, and on providing the entertainment himself (by playing the bagpipes very badly and reading with an exaggerated accent from the poetry of Rabbie Burns). Mole’s cousin Auberon attends. During the evening two messengers bring news to the group: the first concerning the weasels and a stolen traction engine and the second concerning new developments on the railway…

Credits[]

  • 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.
  • Narrated by Ian Carmichael.
  • Other Voices: Delia Corrie, Daphne Oxenford, Brian Southwood, Kate Lee, Brian Trueman, Jimmy Hibbert and Alun Lewis.
  • Animators: Sue Pugh and Paul Berry.
  • Model Characters Designed and Sculpted by Brain Cosgrove and Bridget Appleby.
  • Model Characters Constructed by Peter Saunders, Colin Batty, Clare Elliott, Bridget Smith, Noel Baker, Peter Bentley, Marcia Pidgeon and Ian MacKinnon.
  • Models, Sets and Props by Chris Walker, Graham G. Maiden, Jim Bridge, Pippa Greenwood, Rick Kent, Paul Simpson, Jeff Spain and Rowena Watson.
  • Costume Design by Nigel Cornford.
  • Costume Assistant by Helen Plaumer.
  • Illustration by Beverley Bush.
  • Stills Photography by Richard Smiles.
  • Music Composed by Keith Hopwood and Malcolm Rowe.
  • Music Arranged by Brian Ibbleston.
  • Wind in the Willows sung by Ralph McTell.
  • Model Camera by Bryan Parsley.
  • Rostrum Camera by Peter Kidd.
  • Dubbing Mixer: Ted Spooner.
  • Film Editor: Nibs Senior.
  • Assistant Editor: Leo Casserly.
  • Associate Producer: Chris Taylor.
  • Executive Producer: John Hambley.
  • Produced by Mark Hall and Brian Cosgrove.
  • Directed by Jackie Cockle.
  • © Cosgrove Hall Productions Ltd 1987.

Copyright Gag[]

Despite this episode being broadcasted in 1988, the roman numerals in the copyright credit reads 'MCMLXXXVII' as it is dated in 1987.

Trivia[]

  • Recording date: November 13, 1987.
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