Brum (TV series)

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Created byFrank Beattie
Developed by Ragdoll Productions for BBC Television
Narrated by Toyah Willcox (1991–1994)
Tom Wright (2001–2002)
Sarah Wichall (2001–2002)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series5 + 3 revival
No. of episodes66
Executive producer(s)Tom Poole
Vic Finch
Running time10-15 minutes
Production company(s) Ragdoll Productions
Distributor HIT Entertainment (1990s)
DHX Media
Original network BBC One
Picture format4:3 (1991–1994)
16:9 (2001–2002)
Original release26 September 1991 (1991-09-26) 
4 November 2002 (2002-11-04)
Related showsOther Ragdoll Shows

Brum ( /ˈbrʌm/ ) is a British children's television series about the adventures of a small, artificially intelligent, self-driven car.

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Set in Birmingham, England and produced by Ragdoll Productions, Brum was first broadcast in 1991 and the last live action series was broadcast in 2002. It was initially directed, written and produced by Anne Wood and initially narrated by Toyah Willcox. The show was first aired on BBC One, as well as airing on satellite and pay television where it was screened on TCC and Living, and also aired in the United States on Discovery Family, in Australia on ABC, ABC Kids and ABC2, in Brunei on RTB, in Singapore on Kids Central, in South Africa on SABC2 (with both an English dub and an Afrikaans dub) and CBeebies, in New Zealand on TV3, in Namibia on NBC, in Ireland on RTÉ, in Germany on BFBS and in the Emirates on Dubai 33. It also aired on the now defunct children's channel, KPC "Kids Pick Cartoons". A new CGI-animated series, aimed at young pre-school children, was produced in 2016.

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Plot and setting

Brum is the story of a small replica car who ventures out into Big Town when his owner isn't looking, and gets up to all manner of adventures. Each episode begins and ends in the same way, with Brum leaving the other cars in the motor museum when the owner's back is turned and heading out to explore Big Town, before eventually returning to his place. Each series has had its own background music. From series 1-2 the introduction music was the same but in series 2 they used different instruments. From Series 3-5 the music became jazzy.

The car can express himself in various mechanical ways including opening and closing his doors and bonnet, bobbing his suspension, and flashing and swivelling. The actors in Brum do not speak – mime and off-screen narration help propel the story. It was therefore easy to prepare episodes for airing in other countries, and the series has been broadcast in many parts of the world and in many languages.

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The show was written by a range of writers. Anne Wood primarily wrote all the first series, while the second was written by Tom Poole, Dirk Campbell, Andrew Davenport and Morgan Hall. The last two series were written by the existing Ragdoll team.

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The car itself – a half-scale replica of a late-1920s Austin 7 Chummy convertible – was designed and built by Rex Garrod. It is now housed at the Cotswold Motoring Museum in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, which is also where the opening and closing sequences of the programme were filmed.

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Series 1 (1991)

Series 2 (1994)

Series 3 (2001)

Series 4 (2002)

Series 5 (2002)

DHX Media revivals

February 2016 saw the release of a rebooted Brum, made by the current owners of the franchise DHX Media. The show now takes place in a white world instead of the Big Town and features new friends for Brum. The first episode, "Brum's Car Wash Adventure", premiered on 4 March 2016 via the official Brum YouTube channel. [1] A total of 25 CGI episodes were produced, with a second series currently airing.

Another series, this time animated using Toon Boom Harmony Animation called "Brum & Friends" premiered on the channel in September 2017.

Kiddie ride

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  1. Brum & Friends - WildBrain (4 March 2016). "★ Brum ★ Brum's Car Wash Adventure - FULL EPISODE 1 HD - KIDS SHOW FULL EPISODE" . Retrieved 6 May 2018 via YouTube.