Trumpton - Chigley - Camberwick Green. The Complete Collection [DVD] 
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Three children's tv favorites from 60s and loved by successive generations of kids since collected on one DVD set that has become a rarity. Originally aired by the BBC on the Watch with Mother slot their ongoing popularity and nostalgia is typified by the many positive customer reviews below.
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How well do they stand up today? Well, my five year old watched them with huge enjoyment, which has to be the best test of all. They are certainly of their time; you won't find black or disabled characters and attitudes to authority are pretty deferential. You're unlikely, however, to find anything that positively grates and the target group, infants of pre-school and reception age, will enjoy it.
What you get with this set of DVDs is the complete set of three series. Full marks for completeness; that is, however, all that you get.Read more ›
The rating of this item is not a reflection of the original programme content - this is just as good as I remembered (5 stars!). The narration is spot on and the stories have a simple, repetitive beauty that children love.
However, buyers should remember that these programmes were made DECADES ago. The quality of the playback is distinctly variable - some episodes are OK, but others are blighted by 'scratchiness' on the screen. Some episodes are noticeably darker than others. Worst of all, payback suffers from a sort of 'wobble' - this varies between episodes, but the worst ones made me feel a little sea-sick after a few minutes!
I can only assume that this is down to the quality of the original tapes from which the DVD was produced. I note that this is not a BBC product, and is not up to the standard of other collections I have seen (e.g., Bagpuss). Perhaps true fans should petition for a 're-mastered' edition from Auntie Beeb herself.
Pros: Gotta love those puppets. Brian Cant's narration. 39 episodes on 3 DVDs
Cons: video quality variable, with disturbing 'wobble' on some episodes. Very basic menu function only - no notes or accompanying info.
Of course I purchased the set for my 3 year old son but a trip down memory lane was a factor for me and what a trip it was! The stories are still as I can vividly remember them - a make-believe world of goodness and friendliness, a world where the commuity holds together.
My son positively loved the characters and the models of the farmers truck, army wagon, fire engine and of Lord Bellboroughs "cho cho" and I strongly believe his speach and use of words have improved since viewing thanks mainly to Brian Cants clear and concise (and friendly) manner.
All in all I could not rate this highly enough for my son - he watches it so much I know the words (again!). One word - brilliant!
The transfer to DVD also shows just how old the original programmes are (from the late 1960's) and the image wobbles at times and the opening titles are grainy and have the odd scratch. However, the sound is good quality and once past the opening titles, each story is clear to view.
The stories certainly reflect the age in which they were written and produced and I think many people below the age of about 30 will not find it the ideal type of learning tool for their children. However, for the rest of us it is a happy return to earlier times and the songs and music are still quite catchy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The last series in the Trumptonshire trilogy, I'm always struck that this is the one that less people are aware of. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Chika
From start to finish this is so charming to watch, lovely slow piece of life and something that really is nice to watch in the modern world.Published 4 months ago by Bradley Bottomley
Classic kids TV, 30 odd years ago I watched all these when they were on BBC 1 at Lunch time after Pebble Mill at 1.Published 6 months ago by Mr. R. Allen
For those who remember 'Watch with mother' and want to be reminded of classic children's programmes, this is the DVD set for them. Read morePublished 7 months ago by P. Wray
Bought for my kids because I loved it when I was their age,but alas they just found it "boring" ,sigh. I still loved it though .Published 13 months ago by Am a man zzz