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Pogles End DVD  - the final collection of 14 stories from the classic children's TV series, unseen since they were last shown in 1968
Pogles End DVD - the final collection of 14 stories from the classic children's TV series, unseen since they were last shown in 1968
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In 1999 I set up the Dragons Friendly Society with two heroes of childrens' television Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin in order to take care of some of their programmes which were languishing a little.

Their company was called Smallfilms. Here is a lovely reminder from Charlie Brooker of who they were and what they did.

Pogles' Wood was one of those programmes, and Oliver and I went through the archives at the BBC (and his own shed full of film cans) and produced three DVDs. The first series, 'The Pogles' the BBC showed only once because they found it too scary for daytime TV. We followed this with two DVDs of Pogles' Wood of films chosen by Oliver as his favourites.


However we didn't go on to  clean up everything. Most of the first series eluded us as the sound had deteriorated (being an optical variable density sound track which had sat in a pig sty on Peter's farm through forty winters and summers) and rather than throw money at a full scale restoration project,  Oliver said 'desist!'  and was quite fierce about it, so we did.

The need was to preserve the films though, so over the years we have rummaged through the BBC library, and found, between their copies and our own, the best film stock to record from. So they are all safe now, digitized and ready to share.

So why Kickstarter? Why a DVD... surely they are going to die out in this future world of downloads?

Well yes, probably they will, but not just yet. Downloads will follow, but a lot of our customers want to give Oliver and Peter's programmes as a gift.

For they are often shared and precious childhood memories.

So for Christmas this year we are going to bring out the final haul of treasures from Pogles' Wood - a DVD called 'Pogles' End' which along with the others (The Pogles, Pogles Wood, Pogles Choice) will give you a complete (but a little disordered) collection.

Pogles Wood in its second series developed a format which heralded the later arrival of Bagpuss. Pippin and Tog would find something or have a need of advice from the magical Plant, the Plant would tell a story and matters would be transformed, but the first series was commissioned to be educational and about the countryside, and so we have some marvellous scenes of farmers and their children working in the Kent countryside where Oliver and Peter lived, and Peter still does.

Hopefully some of the children filmed will be joining us for our celebration of all things Pogle in October, and we have some invitations for the early birds amongst you too!

Does that sound ok? So please help if you can. Spread the word, send us a little money, and if you are fast enough to grab one of the tickets-  come and spend a magical afternoon with Peter Firmin and his wife Joan and a host of family and friends and fans in the barn, where it all happened. 
And I believe the Pogles are coming along too!

If you are not successful in that we will still provide lots of wonderful things in time for Christmas.

If the kickstarter film we made seemed a bit dull, we tried some other ways of getting the message across...

Loaf
The Dragons Friendly Society

www.dragonsfriendly.co.uk

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There are no risks to you. All you are doing is making a pledge, no money will be taken until we have achieved our goal - and all the prices show significant savings on the RRP

And the new DVD will * fingers crossed* be ready in time for Christmas, with your name (or that of a loved one) on the credits! (No 'vulgar' pseudonyms please!)

There is always the possibility that we may have to postpone or cancel the event at Peter's in the event of ill health, but we cheerfully don't anticipate this.

Many thanks for your help

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    Your name as a supporter with thanks on the end credits on the DVD (could be for a loved one) and a copy of Pogles' End DVD.

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    A complete set of four Pogles Wood DVDs:
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    Pogles' Choice
    Pogles' End

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    A named credit on the DVD (could be for a loved one) and a copy of Pogles' End DVD.

    PLUS an Invitation for one to join us for an afternoon of Pogle films and conversation at the home of Peter and Joan Firmin near Canterbury, Kent on Saturday October 17th 2015.

    This will take place in the barn where many of their programmes were filmed and is an opportunity for you to meet Peter, ask him questions about his work with Oliver Postgate and get your DVD sleeve signed by the great man.

    Numbers are limited. This will be a private event.

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    A named credit in the Pogles' End DVD (could be for a loved one)

    A complete set of four Pogles Wood DVDs:
    The Pogles
    Pogles' Wood
    Pogles' Choice
    Pogles' End
    plus Oliver Postgate’s ‘The Trouble with Magic’ CD-ROM
    Noggin the Nog on DVD
    Pingwings on DVD
    The Seal of Neptune and The Mermaid’s Pearls on DVD
    Tottie the Story of a Doll’s House on DVD
    Tottie A Dolls’ Wish on DVD

    This is a saving of over £40 on our normal prices!!

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    A named credit in the Pogles' End DVD (could be for a loved one)

    A complete set of four Pogles Wood DVDs:
    The Pogles
    Pogles' Wood
    Pogles' Choice
    Pogles' End
    plus Oliver Postgate’s ‘The Trouble with Magic’ CD-ROM
    Noggin the Nog on DVD
    Pingwings on DVD
    The Seal of Neptune and The Mermaid’s Pearls on DVD
    Tottie the Story of a Doll’s House on DVD
    Tottie A Dolls’ Wish on DVD

    PLUS Noggin the Nog Collection - Boxed set of 12 Books, Hardback edition of Nogmania with signed print by Peter Firmin plus Noggin Postcards and Oliver Postgate's last book 'The Burglarproof Bathplug'

    A saving of almost £100 on our usual prices!

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    Pledge £160 or more About $247

    A named credit in the Pogles' End DVD (could be for a loved one)

    A complete set of four Pogles Wood DVDs:
    The Pogles
    Pogles' Wood
    Pogles' Choice
    Pogles' End
    plus Oliver Postgate’s ‘The Trouble with Magic’ CD-ROM
    Noggin the Nog on DVD
    Pingwings on DVD
    The Seal of Neptune and The Mermaid’s Pearls on DVD
    Tottie the Story of a Doll’s House on DVD
    Tottie A Dolls’ Wish on DVD

    In itself a saving on our usual prices.

    Details of products on www.dragonsfriendly.co.uk

    PLUS an Invitation for you to join us for an afternoon of Pogle films and conversation at the home of Peter and Joan Firmin near Canterbury, Kent on Saturday October 17th 2015.

    This will take place in the barn where many of their programmes were filmed and is an opportunity for you to meet Peter, ask him questions about his work with Oliver Postgate and get your DVD sleeve signed by the great man.

    Numbers are limited. This will be a private event.

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    Pledge £220 or more About $339

    A named credit in the Pogles' End DVD (could be for a loved one)

    A complete set of four Pogles Wood DVDs:
    The Pogles
    Pogles' Wood
    Pogles' Choice
    Pogles' End
    plus Oliver Postgate’s ‘The Trouble with Magic’ CD-ROM
    Noggin the Nog on DVD
    Pingwings on DVD
    The Seal of Neptune and The Mermaid’s Pearls on DVD
    Tottie the Story of a Doll’s House on DVD
    Tottie A Dolls’ Wish on DVD

    PLUS Noggin the Nog Boxed set of 12 Books, Hardback edition of Nogmania with signed print by Peter Firmin plus Noggin Postcards and Oliver Postgate's last book 'The Burglarproof Bathplug'

    Details of products on www.dragonsfriendly.co.uk

    PLUS an Invitation for you to join us for an afternoon of Pogle films and conversation at the home of Peter and Joan Firmin near Canterbury, Kent on Saturday October 17th 2015.

    This will take place in the barn where many of their programmes were filmed and is an opportunity for you to meet Peter, ask him questions about his work with Oliver Postgate and get your DVD sleeve signed by the great man.

    Numbers are limited. This will be a private event.

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    Limited 6 backers
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