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Mercury of the Motorbicycle Mercury of the Motorbicycle is an episode of The Wind in the Willows. It first aired on January 8, 1987 and repeated on October 8, 1987.

Another motorcar crash turns Toad off motoring. He decides to purchase a motorbicycle, and his friends are unimpressed. Later, a caped motorcyclist is seen to narrowly miss Billy Rabbit, who falls into the canal. The motorcyclist causes havoc around the Riverbank. Badger, Rat and Mole decide to indicate their disapproval by ostracising Toad. Toad has a problem involving his motorbicycle and the Law, but receives little support from his friends. Billy Rabbit realises that the motorbicyclist was not Mr. Toad after all and informs Mr. Toad that the culprit was a weasel. Toad tries to get back his machine but falls into difficulty. Thankfully, Badger, Rat and Mole come to the rescue and apologise to Toad for their assumptions.

Trivia[]

  • Recording date: September 16, 1986.

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: Brian Trueman.
  • Animators: Andrea Lord and Monica McCartney.
  • Model Characters Designed and Sculpted by Brain Cosgrove and Bridget Appleby.
  • Model Characters Constructed by Peter Saundrs, Noel Baker, Colin Batty, Peter Bentley, Clare Elliott and Marcia Pidgeon.
  • Models, Sets and Props by Chris Walker, Graham Maiden, Helen Plaumer, Paul Simpson, Pippa Greenwood and Rowena Watson.
  • Series Designed by Terry Brown.
  • 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.
  • Associate Producer: Chris Taylor.
  • Executive Producer: John Hambley.
  • Produced by Mark Hall and Brian Cosgrove.
  • Directed by Barry Purves.
  • © Cosgrove Hall Productions Ltd 1986.

Copyright Gag[]

Despite this episode being broadcasted in 1987, the roman numerals in the copyright credit reads 'MCMLXXXVI' as it is dated in 1986.

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