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Ivor the Engine

“THERE HE is, look!” Cut-out capery from Postgate and co. Titular olde worlde locomotive plus trusty Jones The Steam embark on slow-moving adventures along Ffestiniog-style Welsh valley branch line. Grumpy Dai the stationmaster poked his nose in, as did Idris, high-pitched dragon who took to living in the engine’s furnace when nearby volcano unavailable, and Evans the song, local choirmaster. Done first in black and white for ITV then spruced up with colour for the Beeb, thereby ensuring cross-generation recognition and near-universal appeal.

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