Pigeon Street first aired in 1981 and was a jolly kids show following the lives of the residents of the aforementioned road. Â It was initially shown on the BBC as one of its early afternoon shows for toddlers, each episode being around 10 minutes in length.
Pigeon Street itself was aptly named since there were always plenty of pigeons about watching what was going on or even getting involved in the stories themselves.
The show was animated using a very simple animation style which consisted of moving cut outs of the characters arms, legs, bodies and heads about to make them move. Â This meant many of the characters leapt around in a gleeful manner, simply because their arms and legs didn’t bend. Â This restriction meant that the various body parts were often coloured in a much more intricate way giving a more rounded, three dimensional look to the characters that most cartoons using flat colour rarely have.
Most of the characters had their own signature songs, some more memorable than others. Â For this reason I still remember truck driver Long Distance Clara, with her country and western style tune, and Mr. Macadoo, the pet shop owner, as his song had some many “oo” rhymes it was unbelievable. Â I’ve probably got it completely wrong but you had rhymes like “if you want a cockatoo, call on Mackadoo, he’s the man for you.”
There were also a surprising number of “double acts” in the show, where you had two characters who would be most likely to interact with each other. Â First there were young twins Molly and Polly, who were identical except for the large M and P on their jumpers. Â Then there were old ladies Daisy and Rose who were neighbours and friends, except one liked to feed the pigeons whilst the other preferred to shoo them away. Â The funniest partnership was Mr. Jupiter and Mr. Baskerville. Â Jupiter was a star gazer, whilst Baskerville was more of a Sherlock Holmes type character, but this meant the former was always looking at the heavens whilst the latter was looking at the ground for clues. Â This meant they often bumped into each other, knocking both to the floor.
All in all Pigeon Street was jolly fun for the pre-school set with its range of characters and music, and I’m surprised it isn’t still being shown on one of the satellite kids channels. Â It also doesn’t seem to be available on DVD, but there are some very colourful prints available of many of the characters. Â Check out the Amazon link below if you’re interested.