Tales of the Riverbank (1960–1963)

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Real live animals such as Hammy the Hamster and Roderick the Rat are cleverly moved around off-camera in order to tell stories for children.

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Series cast summary:
Johnny Morris ...
 Himself - Narrator (1 episode, 1964)
Peggy Miller ...
 Herself - Presenter (1 episode, 1964)


Real live animals such as Hammy the Hamster and Roderick the Rat are cleverly moved around off-camera in order to tell stories for children.

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Release Date:

1960 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Saturannan seikkailut  »

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The animals used to film the series were all female because female animals were thought to be much calmer. This was true for the later series as well. See more »


Featured in Screenwipe: Episode #5.1 (2008) See more »

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Excellent programming for children
11 April 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this show in reruns when I was about 6 and thinking that the storytelling device used was really quite clever. The characters in the show - a hamster, a guinea pig etc. - are animated and anthropomorphosed by moving them about in little cars, or having them go up or down on winched elevators, or just sitting on a napkin having a picnic, while a voice over narrated the action. It made live action storytelling possible despite a non-human cast, and it all looked rather elegant and even convincing to a younger audience. The stories are simple, and socially oriented. The characters visit with one another and try to solve each other's minor problems or overcome some small obstacle. The message seemed to be that good outcomes were possible with perseverance and kindness, but the show never seemed overly preachy, as so much children's programming often was then and is now. Plus the rodent cast were cute. Pretty good viewing for audiences under 7.

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