Words and Pictures: Series 4 (Henry Woolf)

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companyBBC
started19th Sep 1977
ended12th Jun 1978
last rpt23rd Jun 1982
5 school years
episodes28
duration15 mins
subject 📚English
age rangeAge 6-7+Age 5-7
languageenIn English


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Series 4 of the BBC Schools TV series Words and Pictures was shown in the 1970s & 1980s, covering English for Primary pupils.

A second year of programmes set at the Words and Pictures bookshop, with the shopkeeper Henry Woolf and his little animated assistant Charlie, who read from books while also talking about their subjects and introducing animations including a 'magic pencil' showing how to draw letters, songs and opportunities to try reading from the screen including filling in the blanks. Children are seeing playing games and joining in.

Charlie and Henry

Titles & Theme Music

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1977) #1977-09-19-00-00-0019 Sep 1977
2. A List (1977) #1977-09-26-00-00-0026 Sep 1977
3. A Lost Button #1977-10-03-00-00-003 Oct 1977*
4. The King's Birthday (1977) #1977-10-10-00-00-0010 Oct 1977
5. The Removal Men #1977-10-17-00-00-0017 Oct 1977
6. Meg and Mog #1977-10-24-00-00-0024 Oct 1977
7. Wicked Wolf (1977) #1977-11-07-00-00-007 Nov 1977
8. The Journey (1977) #1977-11-14-00-00-0014 Nov 1977
9. Mr Gumpy's Outing #1977-11-21-00-00-0021 Nov 1977
10. The Christmas Tree Fairy #1977-11-28-00-00-0028 Nov 1977
11. Tony and His Friends #1978-01-09-00-00-009 Jan 1978
12. Big Dog... Little Dog (1978) #1978-01-16-00-00-0016 Jan 1978
13. Meg on the Moon #1978-01-23-00-00-0023 Jan 1978
14. The Magic Fish (1978) #1978-01-30-00-00-0030 Jan 1978
15. A New Home for Snow Ball #1978-02-06-00-00-006 Feb 1978
16. Thomas the Tiger Teacher #1978-02-13-00-00-0013 Feb 1978
17. Too Much Noise #1978-02-20-00-00-0020 Feb 1978
18. Tale of the Turnip #1978-02-27-00-00-0027 Feb 1978
19. Who Took the Farmer's Hat? #1978-03-06-00-00-006 Mar 1978
20. The Letter #1978-03-13-00-00-0013 Mar 1978
21. I am Better than You! (1978) #1978-04-17-00-00-0017 Apr 1978
22. The Little Boy's Secret #1978-04-24-00-00-0024 Apr 1978
23. My Uncle Charlie #1978-05-03-00-00-003 May 1978
24. Frog and Toad Together #1978-05-08-00-00-008 May 1978
25. The Monkey and the Crocodile #1978-05-15-00-00-0015 May 1978
26. Questions, Questions #1978-05-22-00-00-0022 May 1978
27. When Willy Went to the Wedding #1978-06-05-00-00-005 Jun 1978
28. The Runaway Roller Skate #1978-06-12-00-00-0012 Jun 1978


* - A Lost Button was first shown as a Preview programme on Friday 29th April 1977 at 11:30am on BBC1.

Episode Guide

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1977)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  • Story: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Different kinds of fruit, days of the week and numbers can be read from the screen.
  • The song Five red apples.
  • Letter: s

First broadcast: Monday 19th September 1977, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 23rd September 1981, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1503D


2. A List (1977)

A List (from

  • Story: A List (from 'Frog and Toad Together') by Arnold Lobel
  • The song Five little frogs by Ian Humphris - "one leaned over and he fell down".
  • Letter: j

First broadcast: Monday 26th September 1977, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 30th September 1981, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1504X


3. A Lost Button

A Lost Button (from

  • Story: A Lost Button (from 'Frog and Toad are Friends') by Arnold Lobel
  • A picture quiz based on items in the story, and the Button song.
  • Letter: b

First broadcast: Friday 29th April 1977, 11:30am on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 7th October 1981, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1505R


4. The King's Birthday (1977)

  • Story: Just in Time for the King's Birthday by E.B. Chance
  • A kicking king represents the letter K.
  • The King's birthday song by Ian Humphris - "You take straw and I'll take hay, this cheese is for the king's birthday".
  • Letter: k

First broadcast: Monday 10th October 1977, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 14th October 1981, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1506K


5. The Removal Men

  • Story: Bob and Ben are Busy Men by Alan Blackwood
  • Charlie sings The van song.
  • Letter: v

First broadcast: Monday 17th October 1977, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 28th October 1981, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1507E


6. Meg and Mog

Meg and Mog

  • Story: Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll
  • The cool cat represents the letter C
  • We hear the Witch Song by Dave and Toni Arthur - "a witch wears a tall black hat, a witch has a big black cat".
  • Letter: c

First broadcast: Monday 24th October 1977, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 4th November 1981, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1508Y


7. Wicked Wolf (1977)

Shirley Sharpeyes

  • Story: Shirley Sharpeyes by Frances Knowles& Brian Thompson
  • Children in the bookshop play "What's the time Mr Wolf?"
  • Charlie sings I'm a little teapot.
  • A wicked wolf represents the letter W.
  • Letter: w

First broadcast: Monday 7th November 1977, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 11th November 1981, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1509S


8. The Journey (1977)

The Journey (from

  • Story: The Journey (from 'Mouse Tales') by Arnold Lobel
  • A film sequence showing running, rowing, riding and other means of transport revises words from the story.
  • The letter R is represented by a rocket
  • There is the song The mouse walked round the farm by Wally Daly and Jim Parker - "he had lots to think about, so the mouse walked round the farm".
  • Letter: r

First broadcast: Monday 14th November 1977, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 18th November 1981, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESBG174J


9. Mr Gumpy's Outing

Mr Grumpy

  • Story: Mr Grumpy's Outing by John Burningham
  • The song The mouse walked round the farm is repeated
  • A goat represents the letter G.
  • Letter: g

First broadcast: Monday 21st November 1977, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 25th November 1981, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1511F


10. The Christmas Tree Fairy

  • Story: The Christmas Tree Fairy by Elizabeth Goodacre (unpublished)
  • There is a Christmas tree in the bookshop containing "fairy lights and tinsel, a painted paper fan, coloured balls and silver bells, a jolly snowman," and even more.
  • The fat fairy represents the letter F.
  • There is the poem Advice to a child by Eleanor Farjeon, from Tell me a Story chosen by Eileen Colwell.
  • Letter: f

First broadcast: Monday 28th November 1977, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 2nd December 1981, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1512A


11. Tony and His Friends

  • Story: Tony and His Friends by Ken Wagner
  • The lazy lion represents the letter L again.
  • Letter: l

First broadcast: Monday 9th January 1978, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 13th January 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1513T


12. Big Dog... Little Dog (1978)

Big Dog... Little Dog

  • Story: Big Dog... Little Dog by P.D. Eastman
  • A dancing dog represents the letter D.
  • Letter: d

First broadcast: Monday 16th January 1978, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 20th January 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1514N


13. Meg on the Moon

Meg on the Moon

  • Story: Meg on the Moon by Helen Nicoll
  • There are two songs, Five little monkeys and The man in the moon by Ian Humphris - "Have you seen the man in the moon? I hope he's going to come out soon".
  • Letter: m

First broadcast: Monday 23rd January 1978, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 27th January 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1515H


14. The Magic Fish (1978)

The Magic Fish

  • Story: The Magic Fish by Freya Littledale (from traditional)
  • A quiet queen represents the letter Q.
  • Letter: q

First broadcast: Monday 30th January 1978, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 3rd February 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1516B


15. A New Home for Snow Ball

  • Story: A New Home for Snow Ball by Joan Bowden
  • Charlie sings If you're happy
  • A happy horse represents the letter H.
  • Letter: h

First broadcast: Monday 6th February 1978, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 10th February 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1517W


16. Thomas the Tiger Teacher

  • Story: Thomas the Tiger Teacher by Robert Froman& Ronald Fritz
  • The song is Tiger, tiger
  • A tiger represents the letter T.
  • Letter: t

First broadcast: Monday 13th February 1978, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 24th February 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1518P


17. Too Much Noise

Too Much Noise

  • Story: Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern
  • A noisy nurse represents the letter N.
  • Letter: n

First broadcast: Monday 20th February 1978, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 3rd March 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1519J


18. Tale of the Turnip

  • Story: The Tale of the Turnip (traditional)
  • Charlie performs One potato, two potato by Peter Charlton & Paul Reader - "one potato, two potato, three potato, four"
  • There is also the Tale of the turnip song.
  • Letter: p

First broadcast: Monday 27th February 1978, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 10th March 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1520D


19. Who Took the Farmer's Hat?

Who Took the Farmer

  • Story: Who Took the Farmer's Hat? by Joan L. Nodset
  • Charlie sings Ten little brown birds, a traditional song with music by Ian Humphris - "two little brown birds sitting on a tree, along came another one and that made three".
  • Digraph: br

First broadcast: Monday 6th March 1978, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 17th March 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1521X


20. The Letter

The Letter (from

  • Story: The Letter (from 'Frog and Toad are Friends') by Arnold Lobel
  • The song is Five little frogs, with words and music by Ian Humphris.
  • Digraph: fr

First broadcast: Monday 13th March 1978, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 24th March 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1522R


21. I am Better than You! (1978)

I am Better Than You!

First broadcast: Monday 17th April 1978, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 28th April 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1523K


22. The Little Boy's Secret

The Little Boy

  • Story: The Little Boy's Secret (from 'The Book of Giant Stories') by David L. Harrison
  • There is a game of "what's that in your pocket?"

First broadcast: Monday 24th April 1978, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 5th May 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1524E


23. My Uncle Charlie

  • Story: My Uncle Charlie by Marjorie Darke
  • Charlie sings My ship sailed from China.
  • Digraph: ch

First broadcast: Wednesday 3rd May 1978, 11:23am on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 12th May 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1525Y


24. Frog and Toad Together

Cookies (from

  • Story: Cookies (from 'Frog and Toad Together') by Arnold Lobel
  • a-e

First broadcast: Monday 8th May 1978, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 19th May 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1526S


25. The Monkey and the Crocodile

The Monkey and the Crocodile

  • Story: The Monkey and the Crocodile by Paul Galdone
  • The song is Five little monkeys again, a traditional song with music by Elizabeth Bennett.
  • Digraph: cr

First broadcast: Monday 15th May 1978, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 26th May 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1527L


26. Questions, Questions

  • Story: Why are There More Questions Than Answers, Grandad? by Kenneth Mahood
  • Henry and Charlie talk about question words such as 'what', 'where' and 'when', and tell each other riddles and jokes.

First broadcast: Monday 22nd May 1978, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 9th June 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1528F


27. When Willy Went to the Wedding

When Willy Went to the Wedding

  • Story: When Willy Went to the Wedding by Judith Kerr
  • Looking at possessive apostrophes, and the song All smile please!

First broadcast: Monday 5th June 1978, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 16th June 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1529A


28. The Runaway Roller Skate

  • Story: The Runaway Roller-Skate by John Vernon Lord
  • Playing games with rhyming words
  • Another book: Five Little Mice on the Kitchen Floor' (from 'One-Eyed Jack and Other Rhymes') by Barbara Ireson

First broadcast: Monday 12th June 1978, 2:01pm on BBC1 Last broadcast: Wednesday 23rd June 1982, 11:00am on BBC1 BBC programme number: ESB1530T



Broadcasts

Year Term Day Time Channel Details
1977-78 Autumn 1977, Spring & Summer 1978 Mon 14:01 BBC1 Ep23 only shown in the Wed rpt slot due to May Bank Holiday (the very first in most of the UK) on Mon 1st May
Wed 11:23 BBC1 Repeat
1979-80 Autumn 1979, Spring & Summer 1980 Mon 14:01 BBC1 Ep23 only shown in the Wed rpt slot due to May Bank Holiday on Mon 5th May
Wed 10:12 BBC1 Repeat
1981-82 Autumn 1981, Spring & Summer 1982 Mon 14:01 BBC1 Ep22 only shown in the Wed rpt slot due to May Bank Holiday on Mon 3rd May; Ep28 shown on BBC2 due to Wimbledon coverage on BBC1
Wed 11:00 BBC1 Repeat
Ep6 shown on BBC2 on 4th Nov due to State Opening of Parliament on BBC1

Credits

Presenter Henry Woolf
With Charles O'Rourke as Charlie
Music Ian Humphris
Animation Bura & Hardwick
Reading consultant Elizabeth Goodacre
Producer Moyra Gambleton

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