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Tuesday, 25 May, 1999, 15:11 GMT 16:11 UK
Inside children's TV
Trumpton
The heroic cast of Trumpton will be on show at the exhibition
Last year the BBC raided its children's TV archives to make a promotional film highlighting the importance of its programmes for "small people" called Future Generations.

Now the puppets, models and sets that were re-created to make the film starring five-year-old Scott Chisholm can be seen at a new exhibition called the Small People's Village.

Scott Chisholm hitches a ride with Noddy
On display at the BBC Experience, the special exhibition will take visitors on a journey through 50 years of BBC children's programmes, from Andy Pandy, Trumpton through to Postman Pat and the Teletubbies.

According to Linda Forrest, Sales and Marketing Manager at the BBC Experience, the special exhibition is designed to appeal to all ages.

"The children we've had through have loved it" said Forrest "and it stirs something in the adults too, there really is something for everybody."

Andy Pandy
Andy Pandy was the first star of BBC Children's TV
As well as exploring the sets and puppets on display, visitors to the exhibition can also watch a video showing how the Small People film was made.

The special three-minute feature mixed archive footage with new technology to allow child-actor Scott to guide viewers through a multitude of different children's shows.

Scott appeared to interact with old characters like Muffin The Mule, Dougal the Dog and Parsley the Lion and strolled through the action of programmes such as Doctor Who, Blue Peter, Teletubbies and Live and Kicking.

The Small People's Village exhibition will be on show at the BBC Experience until the end of September 1999.

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