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Lovely gentle stories for children, nostalgia for grown ups.
on 26 July 2015
These are exactly the episodes that I used to watch on a nearly worn out VHS as a child from the birthday girl losing her dolly to Ted's 'leave it with me' song I was transported back to my parents 1980s living room and my 2 year old was entranced.
For anyone used to the SDS all singing all dancing Pat this will be different. The Postman Pat of the original series is a honest and gentle do-gooder who wants to help out his community as much as possible whether it be taking a bag of shopping to the elderly lady who lives up the hill alone or stopping the Reverand from making an unnecessary journey to London.
The stories are idealised snapshots of day to day idealised middle class life in an idealised rural community but they speak of problem solving, team work, kindness and community which are great social lessons for young children.
As other reviewers have said, it's the later credits but I'm guessing from the transfer of the actual episodes the 1981 credits were either destroyed previously or damaged beyond recovery or a combination of both.
Also the new and very loud and peppy 'what's in his bag' song was a shocker the first time and it did jar with the gentle nature of the early series where Pat was running little errands to help people out and perhaps more suited to the motorbike riding, Helicopter piloting, action delivery man of the modern series and so the nostalgic part of me wants to keep them separate.
The brainwashed mummy side of me ended up singing the song complete with Jess's noises to the dog whilst cooking dinner.
In all 3 hours of non violent nor perilous stories about friendship and cooperation for preschoolers is pretty good!