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The Wind In The Willows
The Wind In The Willows Title
Title with Toad (Top Left), Rat (Top Right), Badger (Bottom Left) and Mole (Bottom Right)

Voices

David Jason
Peter Sallis
Richard Pearson
Sir Michael Hordorn
Brian Trueman
Ian Carmichael
Jimmy Hibbert
Brian Southwood
Peter Wheeler
Jack May
Kate Lee
Beryl Reid
Delia Corrie
Daphne Oxenford

Aired

27th December 1983-1st March 1990

No. of Series

5

No. of Episodes

67 (With the movie and feature length episode)


The Wind In The Willows is a television show based on the famous book by Kenneth Grahame starring Toad, Mole, Rat, Badger and the evil Weasels. This was David Jason's second official TV series for Cosgrove Hall where he was the voice of Toad (one of the lead characters). Peter Sallis replaced Ian Carmichael after the movie, but he stayed on as the narrator. Some episodes were based on chapters from the original story while others consisted of Toad trying something new but often failing, the Weasels making trouble or a specific event. Toad, Rat and Mole lived near the river while Badger and the evil Weasels lived in the Wild Wood. It had the original story concept of Toad staying with his craze of motorcars, but he later acquires a red motorcycle. He is often seen using both with his motorcycle only making a few appearances.

The animation used was stop motion, although most people mistook it for claymation. The figurines of the characters were articulate metal skeletons covered in latex rubber on a scale model set which provided the flexibility and detail which distinguished the series that everyone grew to know and love.


CastEdit

  • Additional voices by Brian Trueman, Brian Southwood, Daphne Oxenford, Jack May, Delia Corrie, Peter Wheeler, Kate Lee, Beryl Reid and Jimmy Hibbert
  • Narrator (Ian Carmichael)

EpisodesEdit

A film, a feature length special and fifty two episodes were produced:

Pilot (1983)Edit

For the 1983 film, click here.

Series One (1984)Edit

1. The Further Adventures of Toad

After having overthrown the Weasels in the battle of Toad Hall, Toad hosts a celebration dinner for his friends. He reminisces about his time in prison, escape from jail, his exploits with the barge woman, etc. His friends are less than impressed with how he handled some of the situations, but Toad gets offended when they tell him so.

2. The Kidnapping of Toad

Invited to the weasels' den for a 'literary evening', Toad is taken prisoner and a ransom demanded. Badger has no intention of paying for his return, but Toad's incessant chatter drives the weasels to distraction, so they play a final trick on him before letting him go free.
3. The Ghost at Mole End Mole hears sounds which he cannot account for. It leads him to fear that there might be a ghost in his house. Eventually, though, he discovers that the sounds are produced by a hedgehog which has fallen into a crevice immediately above his burrow. With the help of Rat, he saves the animal.
4. The Great Steamer After Rat's place is shaken by the passing of a great steamer, he and Mole hear the calls of the riverbank youngsters, who have lost their friend Billy (a fieldmouse) in the commotion. A desperate search for ensues, and he is found clinging perilously close to the weir. Rat and Mole stage a brave rescue, and bring the youngsters back to the rat's to dry off and have a hot drink. Rat admonishes the youngsters for playing dangerously on the river, before entertaining them with a rendition of "We'll Go Boating".
5. Buried Treasure The weasels buy the part of the Wild Wood upon which stands the entrance to Badger's home. They order Badger to vacate the property. When Badger takes the weasels to court, the Judge decides in their favour, as the Weasels' deed to the property appears to be valid. It is Mole who saves the day when he discovers a Roman document signed by Julius Caesar which conveys the ownership of the area that is now the Wild Wood to the Badgers and their descendants. With this document in hand, Badger is able to chase the Weasels away only minutes before they take permanent possession of his burrow.
6. Mole's Cousin Mole's cousin, a famous literary figure called Auberon Mole, comes to stay after being invited by Toad to a 'literary soiree.' Mole's friends deem his dwelling and appearance too humble for the famous guest, and 'try to give him a little bit of style'. Toad and Rat redecorate Mole's house, and Badger sets out to teach Mole a smattering of Latin and Shakespearean drama. Eventually Mole decides to resist the attempts to have him present himself as someone he is not. Auberon and Mole have a lovely time, and the others are somewhat ashamed of their earlier actions.
7. The Grand Annual Show Mole's jam, Rat's walnut cake, Badger's pickled walnuts, and Toad's 'homemade' elderflower wine all compete to be best in show. The weasels also have an abnormally large pumpkin. But two of the competitors are cheating...
8. The Open Road Again On a Toad-inspired hiking trip attended by Mole and Rat, the trio soon bump into an old friend - Alfred the horse who once pulled Toad's caravan. Tired of the ghastly 3 quarters of a mile journey thus far, Toad leads the way to the derelict caravan full of desire to hit "the open road again". But then Toad is off on another craze astride his new Dersey-Patterson bicycle.
9. Wayfarers All Based on Chapter 9 of the original book, Rat is visited by a seafarer, who captivates him with stories of his travels, and entices him to journey south, to embark on a ship bound for Constantinople. Mole inlists Toad's help to catch him before he leaves the River Bank behind forever.
10. The Weasel's Trap After Badger interrupts the Chief Weasel's attempts to rob Billy Rabbit in the Wild Wood, the angry Chief plots his revenge. When his henchman stumbles upon an old hunter's trap, he sees what seems to be the perfect opportunity. However, despite the Chief setting everything up, things go horribly wrong when the henchman tries to relocate the trap.
11. Burglary at Toad Hall Toad opens Toad Hall to the public in order to (modestly) show off his many family heirlooms. But the weasels have a dastardly plan to sabotage his efforts. All Toads possessions begin to disappear, causing him terrible embarrassment. Fortunately, Badger is on hand to save the day and Toad learns his lesson of too much showing off.
12. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn Based on Chapter 7 of the original book.Portly, Otter's young son, goes missing. He has picked the worst possible time: there are otter-hunters on the prowl. Rat and Mole set out on a mission to find him, and in the process have a supernatural encounter with Pan - a statue under which Portly, who has also encountered him, is found sleeping
13. The Yultide Entertainment The Riverbank residents are organising a fun gathering where they show off their singing, dancing and instrument-playing talents: Otter on the piano; Rat playing accordion and singing Uptails All; Badger's slideshow journey across the world. The piece de resistance of Toad singing excerpts from Gilbert and Sullivan suffers a setback when he swallows his fake moustache just before coming on. Mole, who had not intended to appear in the show, is drafted in at the last minute to sing. The episode finishes with a lovely choir song: “Joy Shall be Yours in the Morning”. Sadly, Toad finally manages to recover just as the guests are leaving and saying their goodnights.


Series Two (1985)Edit

14. Winter Sports It is snowing, and Mr. Toad has dug out his skis. Rallying for a winter sports competition among the Riverbankers, he only finds enthusiasm for a snowman building competition, but the weasels are up for a race, and as usual there is a bet to be had.
15. Toad, Photographer Toad decides that he must have a portrait on the wall in his home, alongside his ancestors, and not being convinced by the merits of painting, he stars another craze by sending for some expensive camera equipment. Having contemptuously disregarded the introductory manual “For Novices”, he sets out to practise what he believes to be a natural ability for photography. Needless to say, the results are not quite what he expects.
16. The Rescue Ernest, a young shrew, is missing in the snow. Rat and Mole discover him with the Chief Weasel and his Assistant, who Ernest calls "Uncle Bill" and "Uncle Bert". They have taken him in after finding him lost and taught him to make a bunny from a handkerchief. Rat and Mole are surprised by the weasels' kind streak, but the weasels are rather affronted to be accused of kindness, and try to pretend they have been mistreating the shrew. Accompanying Ernest home, they encounter Toad. Toad was also searching for the shrew, but became lost along the way. The Weasels stole his possessions, and he is displeased to discover that Ernest was treated to his lunch.
17. Bankruptcy The sneaky Weasels intercept Toad’s morning newspaper delivery and discover his new-found interest in stocks and share. Seizing their opportunity to swindle Toad out of his fortune, the Chief and his henchman call on him several times, disguised as wealthy businessmen, to sell him shares in their spurious companies. After some persuasion, he agrees to give them first his Motorcar, then other treasured possessions, as payment. Toad Hall quickly becomes very empty, and Badger is furious when he finds out. Of course, the companies all collapse, and Toad soon finds himself bankrupt and about to lose Toad Hall. Fortunately, it does not take Badger long to work out who is behind all this.
18. The Storm It is Badger's birthday, and his friends come bearing gifts. Meanwhile, a storm is brewing. While Ratty secures his boat, Mole and Otter go on ahead to join Toad and Badger in the Wild Wood. Alone, and on his way to Badger's house, Ratty is caught by a falling tree. While the others speculate that Rat has stayed at home, Mole is sure that Ratty would make the trip on Badger's birthday. Mole ventures into the Wood to find the incapacitated Rat, but cannot shift the tree, and he is lost. He seeks the Chief Weasel's assistance, who reluctantly tries to help, before giving up on the unfortunate pair. The others notice Mole's absence and come to the rescue. Rat recuperates at Toad Hall.
19. Patient Toad Toad comes down with a minor cold, but begins to think it something much more serious after he realizes that all his ancestors died young. He searches what he thinks are his father's medical books and realizes that he has come down with a fatal combination of diseases. While Rat and Mole diligently wait on the seemingly-dying Toad, Badger searches the books and discovers that Toad's diseases are actually plant ailments. When informed of this, Toad leaps out of bed in happiness, falls down the stairs, and breaks his leg resulting in him having to stay at home once again.
20. The Labyrinth On his way to visit Badger, Rat stumbles down a hole in the Wild Wood. Injured, he wanders the labyrinth of tunnels while Toad, dressed as Sherlock Holmes, tries to track him down.
21. Harvest The four friends go harvesting wild berries and the weasels are out to steal the hoarde. Toad just has his breakfast on his mind. Finding a secluded place to eat his hamper and have forty winks, Toad stumbles across the weasels' hiding place.
22. Auberon's Return Mole is visited by his cousin Auberon, who is in low spirits after receiving poor reviews for his latest West End offering. Auberon is suffering from writer's block. Word of Auberon's visit has reached the Riverbank, and Mole soon has visitors. Ratty wants feedback for his poetry, while Badger wants to share a literary conversation with the esteemed visitor. Mole tries to protect his cousin, who needs peace and quiet, but hurts Badger's feelings in the process. Toad, too, pays a visit, but proves rather insensitive about the poor reviews. Toad fancies himself quite the playwright, much to Auberon's amusement. After Auberon's visit, he relates in a letter the successes of his new play. Auberon's new comedy, "Oh Jeremy" is based on a "conceited country squire" whose enthusiasms include writing. The character is clearly based on Mr. Toad, although Toad seems oblivious to the resemblance.
23. The Great Golf Gamble Toad gives up on playing croquet after losing a game with Badger and discovers a new exciting pastime: Golf. Firmly convinced that he is a natural champion, he agrees to a match with the Chief Weasel, for rather high stakes – if Toad loses, the Chief takes Toad Hall. Badger, as usual, despairs at Toad’s rash decision and silliness, but may yet be able to save the situation.
24. Gadget Mad Toad invites his friends around for a big surprise after supper. He has spent the past weeks installing an electrical generator to power his new found craze. Toad Hall's stairs are "not in use" thanks to his new elevator, a variety of other strange state-of-the-art appliances also make an appearance, much to the dismay of Mole who loses his best waistcoat to the suction cleansing device. However every single invention goes wrong.
25. May Day May Day celebrations are in full swing on the riverbank, and Toad, Ratty, Badger and Mole are enjoying all the fun of the fair. Toad fails miserably at "Test Your Strength"- he cannot even lift the mallet- but Badger breaks the bell! Unfortunately, the weasels are set to spoil Mr. Toad's day. Posing as the fortune teller, Madame Pastelengro, after sending the real one away by telling her that her son is injured, the chief's henchman foretells an encounter with "a tall, dark stranger with a foreign accent". Later that day, encountering another weasel who matches this very description, the gullible Toad is persuaded to part with all his belongings. Luckily for him, Badger, Mole and Rat are on hand to discover what is really happening.
26. Fancy Dress Toad invites everyone to a fancy dress party, at which he plans on making a surprise entrance. Mole decides that he will go as an Indian chief, while Ratty goes as an admiral and Badger as a rajah. A group of weasels have also shown up at the party, all of them dressed as burglars (except for one who is dressed as a fairy), with the Chief Weasel as a policeman. Throughout the party, they secretly snatch cutlery, jewels, and even Ratty's watch, and hide them in a suit of armor, which turns out to be Toad in costume (he attended to appear as a "knight watchman", but the suit was too heavy to move). The plan works fine until the suit falls down the stairs and all the jewels tumble out, along with Toad, who exposes the weasels and has them driven out.

Series Three (1986)Edit

27. Paperchase When the riverbank youngsters accidentally smash one of Mr. Toad's windows while playing cricket, Badger, Ratty and Mole decide a good clean paperchase is in order. With Badger in charge, and Ratty and Mole as checkpoint stewards, the race is complicated by one "Aloysius Weasel" (represented, in fact, by two runners in disguise), and Mr. Toad, who cannot resist using his beloved motorcar. Unfortunately for the cheats, there is a booby prize.
28. Mercury of the Motorbicycle Another motorcar crash turns Toad off motoring. He decides to purchase a motorbicycle, and his friends are unimpressed. Later, a caped motorcyclist is seen to narrowly miss Billy Rabbit, who falls into the canal. The motorcyclist causes havoc around the Riverbank. Badger, Rat and Mole decide to indicate their disapproval by ostracising Toad. Toad has a problem involving his motorbicycle and the Law, but receives little support from his friends. Billy Rabbit realises that the motorbicyclist was not Mr. Toad after all and informs Mr. Toad that the culprit was a weasel. Toad tries to get back his machine but falls into difficulty. Thankfully, Badger, Rat and Mole come to the rescue and apologise to Toad for their assumptions.
29. Mr. Toad's Telephone Toad foolishly gets a new telephone from the Weasels and is very excited about it. But there are a few problems: firstly, the building kit has no wires (the Weasels point out that he never asked for wires) and secondly, no one else on the Riverbank owns a phone. Toad has to spend even more money connecting up his friends, and the situation quickly becomes more complicated than he expected.
30. Toad, Astronomer Toad has yet another craze of stargazing when he purchases a telescope at, as Badger puts it, "an astronomical price" and hopes to see the legendary Halley's Comet. Having managed, with some difficulty, to get it onto the roof of Toad Hall, Mole and Rat leave Toad to his observations, and as night falls he spots a moving light which he assumes to be the comet. Little does he realise that the weasels are creeping about with a torch, and suddenly his ladder disappears, leaving him stranded on the roof. Rescue and explanations follow in the morning.
31. Caught in a Maze Toad goes to London and visits the palace at Hampton Court and sees the famous maze. On his return he decides to restore his father's maze in the grounds of Toad Hall. He challenges Badger, Mole and Rat to a race around the maze with a prize of a bottle of his finest champagne. Toad feels that he is sure he will win because he plans to cheat using some string to mark his path. Unfortunately, Mole encounters the string and thinks it will prove jolly useful, and picks it up resulting in Toad being lost in the maze.
32. School Days The Riverbank youngsters are not at school, because their teacher is indisposed. Badger decides to organise a temporary makeshift school until she has recovered. Toad, Mole, Ratty and himself will each take some of the children for lessons. Toad's lessons go badly wrong, and students soon start leaving his class and asking to join one of the other animals'. This is because of Toad's lack of academic knowledge (such as thinking that Colombus won the Battle of Trafalgar). At last, there is only one pupil left, as Toad tries to teach chemistry. The lesson ends with a test-tube exploding, and Toad lying heavily bandaged in Toad Hall. But he soon recovers, and promptly decides to take up pyrotechnics which are experiments based on explosions and special effects.
33. Badger's Remedy Badger and Rat are busy organising the Harvest Festival and Mole is unaccountably absent. A concerned Rat calls round to find him seriously ill in bed. Badger suspects mushroom poisoning and organises a search for ingredients to make up an antidote, enlisting the help of riverbankers and weasels alike. One elusive but vital ingredient (a Lycoperdon echinatum fungus) is causing them the most worry, and with time running out for Mole, they just need to look in the right place…
34. Masterchef After staying with Mole's cousin Auberon in London, Toad excitedly tells his three friends of the wonderful French cuisine he ate whilst there, and promptly announces his plans to host a special dinner at Toad Hall, which Toad himself will prepare. He sets to work on preparing the various dishes, with disasterous results. Upon receiving their error-strewn invitations, Badger, Rat and Mole agree to attend, and fearing the worst, take their own provisions with them...
35. Fire at Toad Hall While out for an autumn stroll, Mole and Rat notice a column of smoke rising from Toad Hall, and hasten to the rescue at once. Toad himself leaves them to extinguish the blaze, then returns and tries to take the credit. Badger arrives and finds out the cause of the fire from Toad: he had been camping indoors (claiming "it looked like rain"), and lit a stove inside the tent. Mole is persuaded to put him up while the Hall is restored, but reluctant to adapt to his way of life, Toad insists on filling Mole End with his furniture and special works of art which leads to trouble. Eventually, Mole gets fed up and leaves to spend time at Rat's, making sure to lock Toad out of the house.
36. Unlikely Allies A dark and mysterious stranger appears in the weasels’ den, and incites the henchman and other weasels to turn against the Chief. Under this new influence, they make even more mischief than usual, setting fire to haystacks and stealing Toad’s motorcar. Having forced out the Chief, they then plot to invade Toad Hall and seize it for themselves. For once in his life, the Chief decides to call for Badger’s help and so he is able to warn Toad of the impending attack.
37. A Producer's Lot It is 25 years since Badger started running annual dramatic productions in the locality and Mole and Rat insist that they perform The Pirates of Penzance (An old Comic Opera) to mark the occasion. Rat offers to handle the music, and Mole the scenery. Toad, whose father played Major-General Stanley in the first production, demands a big part in this one, but the others are not entirely convinced by his musical abilities.
38. Champion of the Green Baize The four friends are at Badger's home playing a card game of Bridge. Toad however believe he is playing a multitude of different card games resulting in spoiling the game for the others and being heavily chastised by Badger. Sulking in a corner, Toad comes across a newspaper advertisement for a billiard table, and soon enough orders one for Toad Hall. Seizing upon Toad's lack of skill, the Chief Weasel challenges Toad to a game of snooker, with a bet: the Weasel den or Toad's motorcar. Toad soon loses, however after finding out this, Badger immediately challenges the Chief Weasel to a game...
39. Winter Haunts Snowed in at Toad Hall, the four friends recall the episode in which Mole mistakenly thought his house was haunted. Toad, who is proud of his illustrious ancestors (despite Badger's conversation of how one of them made his money in candles), maintains that a few still haunt the Hall, but no one takes him seriously. Deciding to play a trick on them, Toad retires early to bed, then dresses up as a ghost and waits in the cellar to surprise the others. However, the trick goes wrong when before going to bed, Mole locks the cellar door. Fortunately, Toad remembers the secret tunnel…


Series Four (1987)Edit

These episodes consisted of a main storyline involving the humans building a railway through the area where the animals live.

NOTE: This is the final series to show the original end credits, the series afterwards would consist of Toad finishing writing in his diary.

40. Auld Lang Syne Toad's New Year's Eve party goes wrong when he locks himself outside and can't find his way around through the rear entrance of his own house. Badger, however, has some serious news which puts a damper on the celebration: a railway company is planning to build its line through the Riverbank, possibly destroying their homes.
41. Bricks and Mortar Toad Hall is in need of some renovation work. Badger tells Toad about his ancestor, Inigo, a great architect. Inspired, Toad decides to take up architecture himself, and re-design Toad Hall. As usual, his efforts are somewhat misguided (such as thinking that the West Wing has been put on the wrong side of the hall) and the weasels see yet another opportunity to take advantage of him.
42. The Lost River The day after a fierce storm, the Rat emerges from his home to discover that the river has disappeared from its channel. Confused and distressed, he enlists the help of Mole, Badger and Toad, and they all set off to find out what happened. But Rat is not the only one to have lost something, on their search he and Toad encounter a family of fieldmice whose caravan home has been flooded out. Toad is eventually persuaded to put them up at Toad Hall, but meanwhile the others may have found a clue to the disappearance of the river.
43. The Tournament After reading 'A Boy's First Book of Wonders', Toad announces that he will host a medieval jousting pageant which his friends disagree with. Astride his trusty steed (his motorcycle), 'Sir Toad' issues a challenge to joust, which the weasels accept.
44. Lord Toad Just miles away from the riverbank, Lord Rushton, a famous archaeologist, has uncovered an ancient burial ground. Tired of the inconspicuous life of a country squire, Toad resolves to become "Lord Toad", a famous archaeologist. Toad's excavations find a tunnel that the Chief Weasel and his henchman are digging. Lamenting his lack of finds, Toad is convinced by the Weasels that he has found treasure. But is that a Roman shield, or a dustbin lid? He soon finds out.
45. Hot Air Toad's hot air balloon finally arrives, and Badger thinks it will be a good way to survey the approach of the railway. However, when Toad packs a huge hamper to take up with him, only Mole is left to help. The henchman weasel has fallen asleep in the basket, and as Mole tries to carry the hamper he trips over the rope and the balloon begins its ascent. Mole drives along in Toad's car, following the balloon across the countryside. Up in the air, Toad takes photographs of the railway as the henchman tries not to be sick. With too much weight, the balloon starts drifting downward towards a lake. With all the sandbags released, Toad and the henchman fight over who should jump out. Toad pulls the wrong lever and the balloon crashes down into a tree. Examining the developed photographs, Badger is pleased with Toad's efforts.
46. Fighting Fit Badger, Rat and Mole are preoccupied with the progress of the railway, which looks set to encroach on the Wild Wood and Riverbank. Toad almost collapses at the end of the long walk, and is rather cross when the others brand him overweight and unfit. He orders an array of expensive exercise equipment, which turns out to be quite beyond his capabilities. As Toad cavorts into a cabinet in front of Rat and Mole, a stack of letters is revealed. They refer to a consultation period for those affected by the railway, but Toad had failed to put it into consideration in time.
47. Hall for Sale Disguised as representatives of the railway company, the weasels talk Toad into selling Toad Hall to them. Toad plans to travel the world with the proceeds, until Badger gets wind of the deal and reads the fraudulent contract and tells them that all their homes are in danger and they must all stick together.
48. Toad's Harvest It is Autumn, and Rat, Mole and Badger are making preparations for winter, exchanging their home-made jams and preserves. Toad's garden supplies most of the fruits and vegetables for his friends, but Toad himself prefers to buy his own Winter provisions in a hamper from London, much to Badger’s distaste. Determined to impress them all, Toad buys a tinning machine imported from the USA. However, having refused to wash the vegetables througly before putting them into the tins, the impression he makes when they are opened is not the sort he planned.
49. Monster of the Wild Wood With only a few days to Halloween, the Riverbank youngsters are extremely excited. Meanwhile Toad is planning a party for the youngsters and to make the best Halloween mask and costume. Billy Rabbit and the others venture into the Wild Wood to go play Trick-or-Treat and they are scared by a Monster. When the youngsters come running to his house for help, Toad determines to investigate (After Billy and the others have to help him remove his mask which has become glued to his face). In the Wild Wood, his nerves get the better of him, and terror ensues when the monster reappears, hot on the tail of the weasels. The following day Toad has taken to his bed in fright and Badger explains that the "Monster" was, in fact, a steam traction engine, part of the construction effort in the Wild Wood. Toad feels silly and pretends to Badger he knew it was not a Monster after all!.
50. Remember Remember It is nearing the 5th November, Bonfire Night, and the riverbankers decide to celebrate as a welcome distraction from the construction of the railway in the Wild Wood. Toad determines to have fireworks, and after trying his hand at firework-making without success, he heads to London to buy a luxury box. The display is in peril when the weasels steal the wood for the bonfire and the fireworks, but the riverbankers have a merry gathering nevertheless. Seeing the fireworks being let off from the Wild Woods, the riverbankers notice that the woods are on fire. While tending to the injured weasels, Badger offers them asylum in Mr. Toad's outhouses. He makes an impassioned speech for unity in the face of the builders.
51. Tunnels and Tremors Toad is planning a Christmas party starring the great magician 'Il Mysterioso' (who looks an awful lot like Toad). Meanwhile, Mole End is struck by an earth tremor. Mole and Rat rescue Billy Rabbit who was trapped. Toad's performance eventually goes ahead, but Badger is concerned about the cause of the tremor.
52. Happy New Year The New Year brings little cheer for the Riverbankers, as the approaching Railway threatens to destroy everyone's homes, and even Badger seems to have given up hope. Despite this, Toad insists on holding a New Year’s celebration at Toad Hall, and on providing the entertainment himself (by playing the bagpipes very badly and reading with an exaggerated accent from the poetry of Rabbie Burns). Mole’s cousin Auberon attends. During the evening two messengers bring news to the group: the first concerning the weasels and a stolen traction engine and the second concerning new developments on the railway…


A Tale of Two Toads (1989 Feature Length Special) The Chief Weasel discovers that Toad has a exact double who is an actor, impersonator and con artist called Isambard Bilbone Toad. Together, they form a plan which involves the kidnapping of the real Toad and the takeover of Toad Hall, all without the Riverbankers noticing. Once this is done, Isambard continues to play the role of Toad in public, having perfected his voice and mannerisms. However, Badger, Rat and Mole cannot help noticing some slight oddities about their friend, particularly when he spreads slanderous remarks that the three have supposedly made about each other. Then, as if that were not strange enough, Toad breaks off his friendship with them, in favour of the weasels who are now sharing the Hall. Eventually, Badger’s keen observation leads them to realise the truth, and they must now rescue the real Toad before the Weasels put an even more incidious plan into action…

Series Five (1990), also known as the only series of the spin off series "Oh Mr Toad!"Edit

Each episode begins with Toad writing in his diary

54. The Chief's Return After been arrested and thrown in jail over the business in "A Tale of Two Toads". The Chief weasel and his henchman send some weasels to Toad Hall with a message saying the Chief wants Toad to be the weasels new leader and arrange a meeting in his prison cell. Foolishly, gullible Toad believes them and visits the him. But the Chief and his Henchman trick Toad, escape and take over Toad Hall. When Badger, Mole and Rat find out they do some "Prison Visiting" and set Toad free. Then they think of the perfect "cure" for getting the Chief (who is pretending to be Toad ill in bed) and his Henchman (posing as a nurse) out of Toad Hall.
55. Oarsman Toad Toad decides to enter the "Home-Made Boat Competition" in the River Bank Regatta. However, he can't be bothered to build a boat, so he therefore decides to buy one and attempt to pass it off as his own. However the plan fails and he decides to build a boat just to spite the cynical Badger. His first attempt at building a boat fails, but the Weasels offer to help him build another one. But can they be trusted?
56. Midsummer Night's Disaster Toad decides to produce the Summer Entertainment, after Badger, who usually does the job, decides to take a year off. Toad decides to do a drastically re-written version of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The show includes the Fairy Characters: Oberon, the King: who turns out to be Robin Hood in disguise, Titania and her attendants, but it also includes D'Artagnan, Ophelia from Hamlet, and most of the cast of Robin Hood. Mole plays Friar Tuck, and Ratty is the Sheriff of Nottingham, but the Chief Weasel and his bumbling Henchman are out to sabotage the production. They make scenery and then steal from Toad Hall during the production, but fortunately it all goes wrong....
57. The Complete Bungler

Toad takes up fishing. Badger, unusually, encourages this new craze and offers to give him a lesson in Fly Fishing, but Toad refuses. He goes goes to London and buys the finest fishing tackle money can buy. With Toad Hall unattended, the evil Weasels decide to steal Toad's motorcycle. Will Toad succeed in his fishing techniques?

58. Mr Toad of "The Times" Annoyed that there is no mention of his speech in the local newspaper, Toad decides to write his own. He interviews his friends, but this does not work out. Mole has nothing exciting to tell Toad for his most exciting experience is winning second-prize at a flower show and Toad is bored by Badger's account of his travels around the world. He attempts to photograph a fake boating accident with Rat, but this ends in disaster. However, Toad finally gets the paper together and sets out to make copies of it with his new printing press. Toad's fantasising about when his newspaper is a success. Billy Rabbit, is seen shouting "Read all about it!", as he attempts to sell "The Toad Hall Times".
59. Toad in Motion Toad starts taking an interest in a perpetual motion machine that is being manufactured by a weasely "Professor", but with the help of his friends, Toad has the last laugh.
60. Piano-Roll Toad Toad inherits a self playing piano and decides to impress his friends by pretending that he can play a real one in a grand recital at Toad Hall. When the pedal action proves too much of a strain for him, he enlists the help of Billy Rabbit and a modified bicycle. However, once the Weasels learn of the trick, they plan an act of sabotage.
61. Gypsy Toad Inspired by the lifestyle of an old gypsy that visits Toad Hall, Mr Toad finds his tent and fiddle, and heads out to a new life on the open road until rain spoils it all.
62. Hip-Hip Soiree! Bored by Badger's intellectual slide show, Toad decides to hold a big party at Toad Hall. He starts with a game of charades, but when his opening charade of the Three Musketeers goes wrong, he stops and decides to play Pin the Tail on the Donkey instead. This game goes wrong as well when a blindfolded host falls down a flight of stairs. Badger suggests an impressions game, but Rat's impression of Toad offends him, and he storms off to bed, vowing never to speak to them again. He then has a strange dream.
64. Happy Birthday! November 28th is coming, which means a very special day for Toad and though all his friends know it, they are not letting on. Ignoring all his hints, they move the conversation round to astrological starsigns and astrology and soon Toad becomes fascinated and decides to become an astrologer. He even dreams of a mention in the Orders, decorations, and medals of the United Kingdom New Year's Honours List. His fortunes take a turn for the worse when the weasels steal his special pocket watch, but the dawn of that particular day holds some more pleasant surprises…
65. A Toad in Time Toad decides to build a time travelling machine to travel to the Past, Present and Future. His friends think that his latest project is doomed to failure as most of them always are. However undaunted, Toad sets to work. He falls asleep and dreams of being Robin Hood and then Julius Caesar. His friends wake him up, but he is convinced he really did go back in time.
66. Toad in Love Toad has a new craze of filming and goes London to buy a film camera. While he is there Toad visits a music hall to see a show where he falls in love with a singer that he sees performing called Lottie D'Urbeville (whose real name is Lettuce Pommefrite and never actually appears) which puts him off filming, food and even motoring! Badger discovers that she is already married to a tightrope walker so he has to find a way to break the news to Toad gently....
67: Toad: Film Maker Toad's new craze is film-making, but with Badger, Mole and Rat preparing for the Winter he seeks other cast members. After the initial failure of a young Hedgehog and Billy Rabbit in the role of the orphan child, the heroine and her villainous father are replaced by the Henchman and Chief Weasel. The screening reveals a rough cut, and much hilarity, and even Badger is cheered by Mr. Toad's screen wedding to the Chief Weasel's Henchman.

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Theme TunesEdit

The famous original theme tune was composed by Keith Hopwood and Malcolm Rowe and was sung by Ralph McTell:


The first part was used in the Intro:

  • The Voice Cast
  • The Four Seasons DVD Front Cover
  • The Four Seasons Back Cover DVD
  • The Complete Collection DVD Set - Original Cover
  • The Complete Collection DVD Set - Re-release Cover

The Wind In The Willows sang softly to me
Follow My Voice wherever it leads
From Mountains to Valleys to deep rolling seas
Born on the Winds of a Breeze.


The second part was used in the End Credits:


Spin me a dream woven Silver and Gold
From Sunshine and Shadows and Days long ago
Where People are memories and stories unfold
Willows, the tales you have told me
Wind In The Willows you just seem to know
Who you can turn to and which way you go
To unwind your wonderous mind
Wind In The Willows take me there



The second Theme tune was used in the Fifth and final series and also know as the only series of Oh Mr Toad. It was sung by David Jason:


This part was used in the Intro:


The World had held great heroes as History Books have showed
But never a name went down to fame compared with that of Toad
The clever men at Oxford know all there is to be knowed
But none of them know half as much as intelligent Mr Toad
But never a name went down to fame
Compared with that of Toad



This part was used in the End Credits:


The clever men at Oxford know all there is to be knowed
But none of them know half as much as intelligent Mr Toad
The Animals sat in the Ark, their tears in torrents flowed
Who was it said there's land ahead?
Mr Toad!
The World has held great Heroes as History Books have showed
But never a name went down to fame compared with with that of Toad
Intelligent Mr Toad
Encouraging Mr Toad


The Wind In The Willows
The Wind In The Willows Title
Media: 1983 Film | TV Series

Characters: Toad | Mole | Rat | Badger | Chief Weasel | Weasel Henchman | The Weasels | Bert | Otter | Portly | Billy Rabbit | Auberon Mole | Thomas | Alfred | Reggie & Rosemary | Alfred | Mrs Carrington-Moss | The Seafarer | Isambard Bilbone Toad | The Jailer's Daughter | The Policeman

Locations: Toad Hall | The River Bank | Mole End | The Wild Wood

Vehicles: Toad's Motorcar | Toad's Motorcycle | Rat's Boat

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