The Most Unusual Wagon You Ever Saw

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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
  • Contributor
    O'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.

  • Information

    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
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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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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