Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The Bumper Fun Album
" The Best from BBC TV and Radio Children's Programmes" it says on the sleeve and includes samples from Listen With Mother, Play School, The Flumps, etc. and featuring the voices of Brian Cant, Rolf Harris,Lionel Morton, Gorden Snell etc. On the BBC Records label from 1979.
Wikipedia says of Brian Cant -
"Born in Ipswich, he currently lives in Buckinghamshire and is married to writer and director Cherry Britton, sister of TV presenter Fern Britton and actor Jasper Britton. They have three children, daughter Rose, and twins Christabel and Peter. He has two sons from his first marriage, Nicholas and Richard, who is also an actor. He is the son-in-law of the British actor Tony Britton and brother-in-law of the television chef Phil Vickery.
In 1999 he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, referring to this in an interview with BBC Breakfast which was shown on 24 November 2010.
Cant is particularly well known for his work on many BBC children's programmes from the 1960s to the 1980s, including Play School, Play Away, Trumpton, Chigley, Camberwick Green and Bric-A-Brac. He was performing in drama-based BBC TV Schools Programmes about the Romans when he heard that auditions were being held for a new children's pre-school programme which was to be shown on the new BBC 2 channel. At his audition he was asked by programme editor Joy Whitby to get in a cardboard box and pretend to 'row out to sea'. He pretended to fish from his 'boat' and caught a wellington boot full of custard. He was cast as a presenter and first appeared on the third week in May 1964, and stayed with the programme for twenty-one years, becoming to many viewers 'Mr Play School'.
During the 1990s Cant starred as 'Brian' the farmer in the children's puppetry television programme Dappledown Farm, as well as providing the voice for one of the characters, Harry the Heron.
Cant is the storyteller of the UK version of Jay Jay the Jet Plane, and the narrator for the popular Canadian children's show Bruno.
Aside from his work on children's television, Cant is also an established actor. In the 1960s he appeared in two Doctor Who stories, in 1965 as "Kert Gantry" in The Daleks' Master Plan and in 1968 as "Tensa" in The Dominators. He was one of the guest presenters used in the 1982 series of the game show It's a Knockout after Eddie Waring retired.
In 1998 Cant parodied his previous contributions as a narrator in 'The Organ Gang', a weekly segment in Lee and Herring's This Morning With Richard Not Judy, a BBC TV Sunday afternoon comedy show."
Tracks are as follows =
1. Party Time - Toni Arthur , Lionel Morton and Jonathan Cohen
2. Underneath The Spreading Chestnut Tree/ Standing on One Leg - Brian Cant
3. London's Burning/ The Sun Has Got His Hat On - Louise Hall-Taylor, James Earl Adair and Children's Choir of Christchurch, East Sheen.
4.Simon Says - Gorden Snell
5. Turkey In The Straw/ Papillon - Rolf Harris & Long Stratton V.C. Middle School, Norwich.
6. Trip To The Moon - The Flumps
7. Tomorrow - Katherine Stowell and members of the Girl Guides Association.
Bumper Fun Album - Side Two