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Mr Trimble

KIDS’ MISCELLANY in the slot before NEWS AT ONE. An old man (Trimble) lives in an attic flat with a robot in the corner and a puppet goldfish in a bowl (Glug). He’s dressed not unlike Peter Cushing in the DR WHO films: fingerless gloves, horn-rimmed spectacles, dusy old burgundy jacket etc. The theme tune is a raucous affair sounding like it’s being played on an analogue monophonic synth constructed in someone’s bedroom, a la ROOBARB. The accompanying title sequence is a montage of colourfully animated images (including a butterfly and two kids on a see-saw) featuring the clown-like Trimble on a bike, which blend from one to the other.



  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 5, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    The theme tune popped up in computerised form on the mid-eighties Spectrum 48k game ‘Jack the Nipper’.

  2. malcolm harris

    August 21, 2010 at 6:21 am

    The robot was called ‘TRONK’. I seem to remember the fish, glug, had it’s tank broken in one episode and it fell on the floor screaming, “Mr Trimble, I’m dying!”

  3. Littleplomker

    December 4, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    i was in it. Filmed at my school 1973/74.

    • Graham Pearson

      February 28, 2020 at 9:01 pm

      Trimble had many young adult companions I seem to recall including Jim, Peter, Paul and Wendy.

  4. @gmailJames Meehan

    October 3, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Trimble was played by a very nice chap called Tony Boden.

  5. chel

    November 3, 2015 at 12:43 am

    There was a piano player called Percy..he used to scare my little brother

  6. Ozwald

    March 23, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    I continually try to get people to accept that Mr Trimble existed. I am always told that I am hallucinating.

    Its good to know that we are now talking to the hand.

    I plan to create a Mr Trimble appreciation society.

  7. Ozwald

    March 23, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    I also remember the parrot squawk.

  8. David Dwyer

    June 9, 2016 at 1:22 am

    I remember it quite well. He had a magic telescope that worked a bit like the windows in Play School, ie whatever he had just been talking about could immediately be seen through the telescope. And there was a long-running story that lasted several episodes about the contents of a mysterious parcel that turned out to be a camel saddle. I really do think that I am the only person in the world who remembers THAT.

  9. Dionne

    July 9, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I’m so glad I’m not going bonkers,none of my friends believed me

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