always been a huge fan of a TV programme called The Clangers (an
animation made with knitted creatures that lived on a planet in
space!) which was shown quite a long time ago, but remains popular
with many people today.
popular TV programme from the past that Neil was also a huge fan
of was The Dukes of Hazard, which used real actors(!) and was based
Like Graham, both Zoë and Neil enjoy
make-believe, storytelling and fantasy and you will see this in
the film that they made for TV swansong. They are also interested
in how the experiences and adventures you have in the place you
live make you special - like the people or puppets from the programmes
For TV swansong, Zoë used her memories of The Clangers, only
instead of working with puppets and a tiny planet, she made her
own huge inflatable planet to create a story based around where
she lived as a child. The film
shows her first in her old bedroom making the planet then out on
top of the hill in her hometown chasing it across the fields!
One of the reasons Neil used to love The Dukes of Hazard so much
is that it was based in remote Hazard County, which had similarities
to his hometown of Sutton on Sea - but where the adventures were
always a bit more exciting! As a boy he dreamed of owning a fast,
flash car that impressed the girls and for TV swansong he got to
live out that dream! Neil painted a car to look like the General
Lee from The Dukes of Hazard and got to drive it around the fields
where he grew up.
On the day of the webcast they
projected their films at the Youth Club in Sutton on Sea - where
all the local people came dressed as their favorite TV characters
and joined in the Sutton-On-TV extravaganza.