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School Days is an Episode of The Wind in the Willows. It first aired on February 5, 1987 and repeated on November 5, 1987.

The Riverbank youngsters are not at school, because their teacher is indisposed. Badger decides to organise a temporary makeshift school until she has recovered. Toad, Mole, Ratty and himself will each take some of the children for lessons. Toad's lessons go badly wrong, and students soon start leaving his class and asking to join one of the other animals'. This is because of Toad's lack of academic knowledge (such as thinking that Colombus won the Battle of Trafalgar). At last, there is only one pupil left, as Toad tries to teach chemistry. The lesson ends with a test-tube exploding, and Toad lying heavily bandaged in Toad Hall. But he soon recovers, and promptly decides to take up pyrotechnics which are experiments based on explosions and special effects.

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, Jimmy Hibbert, Delia Corrie, Daphne Oxenford, Brian Southwood and Kate Lee.
  • Animators: Sue Pugh and Paul Berry.
  • 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.
  • 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 Jerry Andrews.
  • 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 Jackie Cockle.
  • © 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.

Trivia[]

  • Recording date: September 22, 1986.
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