Andy Pandy is a 50’s children’s TV puppet show, which
surprised me as I though it had been made in the 70's. I
The first show was produced on 20th June 1950 in Black
and White. It was a show that was created especially for
pre-school children. It appeared in the BBC's 'Watch With
Mother' schedule every Tuesday.
Andy Pandy was a clown puppet and he initially performed
alone, but eventually he was joined by two friends - Teddy
and Looby Lou.
Andy Pandy was so popular, that he became one of the
most repeated Children's TV programmes in television
Andy Pandy was the first of several successful
television characters created by Freda Lingstrom, who
was Head of the Children's' Television Department of
the BBC between 1951 and 1956.
Maria Bird composed the music and also wrote the
scripts for the programme with Freda. The first
puppeteer for the programme was Audry Atterbury,
who was later joined by Molly Gibson.
Andy Pandy, Teddy and Looby Lou were all silent
stars. The programmes were narrated by Vera
Mckechnie and the songs were sung by Gladys Whitred.
A total of 26 episodes were made, each lasting 15
minutes. The characters were all puppets and the crew
details can be found here. In the 1970's, Andy Pandy
was remade in colour in the Abbey Road Studios.
It seems that TV Companies have been looking to the
past for inspiration, because Cosgrove Hall Productions
has resurrected Andy Pandy. They have made a
number of new programmes to thrill children all over
again (lets just hope they see some of the originals too).
In 1998 Andy Pandy puppets appeared in a 'Watch with
Mother Exhibition' at Dudley in the West Midlands.
Each episode began with -
“Andy Pandy is coming to play, la, la-la, la, la-la,
Andy Pandy's here today, la, la-la, la-la.
and ended with - Time to stop play, just for today,
Andy and Teddy must now go away.
Time to stop play, just for today
Andy is waving goodbye.., goodbye.., goodbye.”
Andy Pandy Characters
Andy Pandy is a little boy dressed as a clown. He lives in a house in
the country with his friend Teddy.
Both like to play and dance along to the songs that Gladys Whitred
Teddy is the friend of Andy Pandy and likes to play and be silly.
Looby Lou is a lifeless rag doll who lives in a toy chest. But unknown to
Andy and Teddy, Looby Lou comes to life when they're not in the room.
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Andy Pandy DVDs
Region 2 (Europe)
Region 1 (USA)
Andy Pandy Episodes
Series 1 (1950) Black and White
1. Tea Party
4. Hand Bells
7. Playing School
8. Play Shops
9. Leaning House
13. Wall and Tortoise
16. Paddling Pool
17. Horse and Fish
18. Bird and Butterfly
21. Kings and Queens
22. Jack in the Box
Series 2 (1970) Colour
1. Andy Pandy's House
2. Hobby Horses
4. The Trampoline
6. A Wall And A Hedgehog
7. Cleaning The House
9. Looby Loo Has A Cold
10. The Jeep
11. Tea Party
12. The Red Engine
13. Sailing Boats
Andy Pandy Video Intro
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