Created believe it or not on the kitchen table at Ivor and Josiane Wood’s flat in Paris, The Herbs was a huge success and took Ivor Wood’s design and animation sensibilities to an even greater audience. This week I thought I’d share with you all some great pictures sent over from a friend of Josiane’s. They show some great moments from the The Herbs first series.
The Herbs was the first programme that Ivor worked on post Magic Roundabout and the first programme that he produced with Graham Clutterbuck at FilmFair. Graham was approached by the BBC to animate a show written by the now esteemed Michael Bond. They wanted a feel much like the Magic Roundabout and who else for the creator role but Ivor. Michael Bond came up with the idea after he was asked to write a childrens show for the BBC. He’d had the idea of herbs coming to life after leafing through a herb book at home. From the get go he knew what he wanted to do and set about creating all the characters we now all fondly remember, Parsely the Lion, Sage the Owl, Dill the Dog, Sir Basil and Lady Rosemary. Not to forget the rather more colourful character of Tarragon the Dragon.
This is also a great opportunity to share with you the a great blog written by huge Herbs fan Jay. He’s collated a mind of information and images that really get into the heart of the creation of The Herbs and all the avenues it went down as it grew in popularity and nostalgia. Check it out, it’s must for any Ivor Wood or Herbs fan.