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Postman Pat

WE’RE NOT interested in any latterday lousy remake or stupid real-life roustabout; only the original, and superior, vintage is what matters, and so, to the sound of Ken Barrie’s vocal stylings, welcome to yet more stop-motion simperings from Olde England where one postman was responsible for sorting out an entire town’s mail plus any other disasters that happened to befall its inhabitants before breakfast. Greendale was your location, peopled by people of the likes of demented old sub-postmistress Mrs Goggins, avuncular handyman Ted “leave it with me” Glen, Nimmo-ish Reverend Timms, saucy lady doctor Sylvia Gilbertson, posh toff Major Forbes, mobile shopkeeper Sam Waldron, farmers George Lancaster and Alf Thompson, another posh toff Miss Hubbard, Granny Dryden and PC Selby. Pat was also married, with wife Sarah and son Julian. Ensuing nationwide popularity and mall-to-mall merchandising must be laid at the blarney-decked door of SIR TERENCE OF WOGAN, after he “spinned” the theme tune on his show one morning.



  1. Joanne Gray

    February 22, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Great show, but shame they never aired the controversial final episode where Greendale Post Office got held up by an armed robber and Mrs Goggins was pistol whipped to within an inch of her life before Pat saved the day by driving his van through the front of the shop a la Dirty Harry. The robber was crushed beneath the wheels of Pat’s van, Mrs Goggins was sent to Greendale Acres Mental Asylum and Pat was fired by the GPO for totalling not only his van, but also the shop front of Greendale Post Office. And the deceased armed robber turned out to be Mr Benn (first name Benjamin) who, the shopkeeper in the costume shop had got tired of coming in week after week and not spending any money. He’d furnished him with a black turtleneck, black leather jacket and trousers and a ladies fishnet stocking as well as a 12 bore sawn-off shotgun and live ammunition before shoving him through the door one last time.

    Wow, I’ve exorcised quite a few childhood demons there. I feel better now.

  2. Richard16378

    February 22, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Even when I was young I used to be amused by things such as the stream made out foil & the crossroads sign in the middle of a straight road with no side turnings.

    My cousins were really into PP, having lots of the merchandise.

    Anyone remember Harry Enfield’s Il Postino Pat? Not as good as it sounds but good for a few laughs.

    • Joanne Gray

      February 22, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      Yes, I remember Il Postino Pat. Very funny, and the Italian dialogue matched the English subtitles; often, the subtitles bear little resemblance to the dialogue.

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