Noggin The Nog

1959 | United Kingdom

The second offering from the Smallfilms team of Pete Firmin and Oliver Postgate (the first being Ivor The Engine), in which the brave Noggin, Prince of the Nogs struggles to overcome his wicked uncle Nogbad the Bad who devises evil plots to threaten the safety of the kingdom, in order to force Noggin to give up his crown, and his voyage to the Land of the Midnight Sun to fetch Eskimo princess Nooka, in order to make her his bride. The ten-minute stories ran from 1959 to 1965 although only 27 programmes were made (the last six were in colour). A colour remake was made in 1982 Noggin and the Ice Dragon, along with a completely new episode, Noggin and the Pie. 

Each episode had one of two spoken introductions; "Listen to me and I will tell you the story of Noggin the Nog, as it was told in the days of old", or "In the lands of the North, where the Black Rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long, the Men of the Northlands sit by their great log fires and they tell a tale ... and those tales they tell are the stories of a kind and wise king and his people; they are the Sagas of Noggin the Nog. Welcome to Northlands, a tribute to Noggin, King of the Nogs and the People of the Northlands."

Published on January 14th, 2019. Written by Noel Onely for Television Heaven.