British rock band Radiohead released a videoclip from (what is believed to be) a forthcoming album of new music. Burn The Witch The video immediately brought back almost fifty year old memories. Of a town called Trumpton, which was a BBC children's stop-motion animated TV show from the 1960s. Its a little challenging to review a 50-year old kids TV show. But Trumpton is quite striking in a number of ways, not the least of which is seeing how much Britain has changed in the past half century. A time when people bought their groceries and millinery in high street shops. A time of (apparent) lack of racial diversity. A time when firemen wore brass helmets and blue coats. Its the Britain of Eleanor Rigby and Sergeant Pepper. A feature of the Trumpton series was the pre-eminence of the Trumpton Fire Brigade ("Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb") in the stories. The fire brigade is called out on every episode to deal with emergencies, none of which were actual fires. (One reason cited was the difficulty of animating smoke and fire. A difficulty apparently solved by Radiohead in their re-imagining..) Trumpton was also fascinating from an audio standpoint. Not only because of the accents, or at least the lack of them. All the characters (including the female ones) are voiced by the narrator, Brian Cant, in an identical received pronunciation English. Apart from Miss Lovelace the hat seller - who he blesses with a slightly strained falsetto. You do have to wonder that, after going to the trouble and expense of painstakingly animating the wonderful sequences, they didn't recruit a slightly wider cast of voice actors. Maybe that would have confused the young audience, who at that time was used to having bedtime stories read to them by a single individual. I have a flood of fond memories of Trumpton (and the neighboring towns of Camberwick Green and Chigley). I'm not sure there is anything particularly controversial from a political, religious, or social perspective about Trumpton. Other than perhaps the irony of the towns name and a particular US political personage. Trumpton didn't really exist in 1960s Britain.