Gordon Murray's Rubovian Legends on DVD sign now

We believe that Gordon Murrays Rubovian Legends television series, and the later Rubovia series deserve to be released on home video. Out of a total of 33 programmes made between 1955 and 1976, at least sixteen films are extant in various archives. A few of the early programmes were transmitted live, and some were telerecorded. The balance of the programmes were filmed prior to broadcast.

The Rubovian Legends series comprising 27 B&W marionette plays, and the later Rubovia series comprising six colour stop-motion puppet plays, represents two overlooked (but never forgotten) chapters in the history of British childrens television and puppetry. The "Rubovia" programmes were created by Gordon Murray, who is one of the acknowledged masters of childrens television puppetry. Gordon Murray's puppetry cuts across all age groups and has found a receptive modern audience, as evidenced by the successful transition of his Trumptonshire trilogy to DVD.

The Rubovian Legends have primary historical significance as one of the stand-outs in the area of early BBC childrens television. The plots were strong, the dialogue was intelligent and sophisticated, the stories were fast-paced, the characters memorable, and the sets and Queen Anne-style puppet clothing exquisite. Caught in the timeless world of Rubovia, these stories are as compelling today as they were more than 40 years ago. If a home video release is done soon, it should still be possible for several surviving crew, and possibly even Gordon Murray himself to contribute to an extra DVD feature about the production.

We would like to congratulate the BBC on the successful release of nearly all of Gordon Murrays stop-motion television puppetry work. However, we request the BBC to not overlook his brilliant earlier work with marionettes in the Rubovian Legends. Although the main focus of this petition is Gordon Murray's unique earlier B&W Rubovian Legends series, for historical completeness, we would like to see his later stop-motion colour series released also.

We wish the BBC all success with the future release of these true childrens television classics.

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  • 09 December 2015900. Janette Victoriao
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No Who was your favourite character? Weatherspoon and Pongo ? I thought I had imagined this wonderful series until I saw the website. I have always longed to see Rubovia agai
  • 08 December 2015899. Jill R
    I support this petition
  • 05 December 2015898. Stephen B
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No Who was your favourite character? Weatherspoon and Puss ? You Must release this on VHS or DVD. I;d buy several copies for myself and friends whom I know saw it, too. We STI
  • 15 October 2015897. Joe G
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No ? My dad (born 1952) remembers the series. I'd have loved to get him a video or DVD as a present.
  • 26 September 2015896. Mrs Dh
    I support this petition
  • 20 September 2015895. Susan N
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No Who was your favourite character? Weatherspoon ? Loved it!
  • 14 September 2015894. Neil Solis
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No Who was your favourite character? farmer bottle ? magical series
  • 11 September 2015893. Nigel P
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No Who was your favourite character? Mr Wetherspoon ? I used to think I was the only one who remembered this brilliant programme as none of my friends do. Good luck with the w
  • 09 September 2015892. Tom B
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No Who was your favourite character? puss ? pressure up puss
  • 06 September 2015891. Lucille W
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No Who was your favourite character? None ? They scared me to death but I'd love to see them again.
  • 28 August 2015890. John S
    I support this petition
  • 22 August 2015889. Stephen M
    I support this petition
  • 15 August 2015888. Peter W
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No Who was your favourite character? Weatherspoon ? I want my earliest memories back, please!
  • 01 August 2015887. Anthony W
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Who was your favourite character? wetherspoon ? whenever the phone rings I turn to our cats and say" ITS THE SPEAKING TUBE PUSS" which annoys my wife ,but amuses me.
  • 28 July 2015886. John M
    I support this petition
  • 23 July 2015885. Steve B
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No Who was your favourite character? Pongo ? Please bring them back!
  • 09 July 2015884. Helen H
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No Who was your favourite character? Pongo of course ? remembered fondly from my childhood
  • 22 June 2015883. Janine C
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No Who was your favourite character? Pongo ? This programme was one of my earliest childhood memories
  • 21 June 2015882. Adrian M
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No Who was your favourite character? Rufus ? Time for a revisit
  • 27 May 2015881. Ian R
    I support this petition
  • 27 May 2015880. Wilby M
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No Who was your favourite character? ALBERT WEATHERSPOON ? The intensity of the characterisations left an indelible print on my young mind having been born early 1959. I still
  • 24 May 2015879. June G
    I support this petition
  • 21 May 2015878. Nicola L
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No Who was your favourite character? Wetherspoon ? I loved it when Pongo turned into a cabbage if he sneezed. I have so many happy memories of this show, please do the right t
  • 09 May 2015877. Simon R
    I support this petition
  • 06 May 2015876. Chris F
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No Who was your favourite character? Pongo and Queenie ? Brilliant, never forgotten even though I'm now 57
  • 29 April 2015875. Robert R
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No Who was your favourite character? Wetherspoon ? A cherished memory from childhood.
  • 24 April 2015874. Nigel C
    Did you see the Rubovian Legends on TV? No Did you see the later colour series? No ? Long ago and far away..but remembered still

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Kaitlin RamosBy:
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