MITTEL-EUROPEAN GNOMIC adventures of Paulus, who lived in a tree trunk, resembled Popeye in red dungarees, and was menaced by Eucalypta the witch. Assorted examples of moth-eaten taxidermy served duty as his woodland associates. Imported and translated (to say nothing of dubbed with sub-Goon Show voices) from the Dutch, specifically the pen of Jean Dulieu, who not only created and wrote the long-running cartoon strip on which this was based, but made and manipulated all the puppets himself. As a result… Christ, the thing’s hideous. Misshapen fragments of fowl and sightless lumps of Plaster of Paris move about with disconcertingly jerky motion, making the show’s rather routine “bad witch gets foiled by ace chums” plots appear sinister and claustrophobic, scarring many a child’s psyche in ways Bagpuss could never dream of. The theme’s lyrics (sung by the upper registers of a plummy children’s choir) are the easiest part: “Let’s take a holiday, there’s a little wood where we can stay/Paulus, the little wood gnome welcomes you to his home/Crackers and Hoppy are there/Hoo-Roo and the Bear/Snatch, Bristles and Gregory too/They’re waiting all for you/Something’s brewing, that’s quite plain/The witches cauldron’s boiling again/Paulus, you’d better take care/She’s out to get you/She’s up to get you/She’s out to get you, beware!” Indeed.
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Is there a more influential figure in radio comedy in the last quarter of a century than Chris Morris? Certainly at a time when comedians are talked up as being outrageous but end up simply running through increasingly tedious tropes, Morris’ shows certainly seemed to have a real sense of danger about them, not least when he was live on Radio 1 and creating genuinely shocking and unsettling pieces of broadcasting. You’ll hear some of it in this three hour miscellany which we’re sure will be absolutely fascinating. The one thing we don’t like so much about Morris is how he doesn’t talk about himself enough, because we would have loved commentaries on the Day Today DVD and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t have done them, he’s clearly a massively intelligent and engaging figure and they would have been fascinating. Inevitably he doesn’t contribute here, though many of his associates including Messers Banyham and Iannucci do.
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