The much loved and fondly remembered children's drama 'Wanderly Wagon' was first broadcast on 30 September 1967. Here is an extract from the 1971 Christmas edition Godmother is having trouble with the mice.
- Title Wanderly Wagon Christmas 1971
- 1st Broadcast 24/12/1971
- ContributorO'Brien (Eugene Lambert)
Godmother (Nora O'Mahony)
Rory (Bill Golding)
- Clip Duration 00:05:42
- Material Type Video
- Series title Wanderly Wagon
- Clip title The Most Unusual Wagon You Ever Saw
- Extended description
Rory, O'Brien and Judge return from Christmas shopping. While Godmother is talking to them the mice nearly ruin her Christmas baking, but they promise to make up for it with their carol singing.
The script for this epsiode was by Carolyn Swift with music by Jim Doherty and the producer was Don Lennox.
RTÉ's best-remembered children's programme began broadcasting in 1967. Three adults travelled in a magical horse-drawn caravan with puppets Judge, the dog, Mr Crow, who lived in the cuckoo clock, and Foxy, who lived in a barrel fixed to the outside of the wagon.
Puppeteer Eugene Lambert and his family were the driving force behind "Wanderly Wagon". Eugene Lambert played O'Brien, a jovial character who loved sweets. Nora O'Mahony played Godmother who was the mother figure in the wagon. Bill Golding played Rory who was the swashbuckling handsome hero who had a wonderful singing voice. All of the Lambert children also worked on the show.
It was originally intended that the wagon would travel around Ireland, to feature in outside broadcasts from different towns and villages.
The arrival of colour television meant that the 'Wanderly Wagon' became the first programme in RTÉ to exploit the visual possibilities of chroma key.The colour separation overlay allowed the producers to make the wagon fly or travel under the sea.
'Wanderly Wagon' ran until 1982.
- Local keywords RTÉ, Lambert Puppet Theatre, Lamberts, Christmas, Television, Puppets, Children
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Topic The Media
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ
- Production year 1971
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier 98D00212
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- Item type part/extract
- Item colour Black and White
- Item sound Mono
- Aspect ratio 4:3
- Language used English (eng)
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