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Toytown was a British radio series for children, based around a set of puppets created by SG Hulme Beaman, broadcast by the BBC for Children's Hour, which ran from 17:00 to 18:00 on the Home Service. There were also some short films made during the 1970s which were broadcast on ITV. ("I do my little be-e-est"), the perpetually inquisitive ovine central character and his eternally clever canine sidekick, Dennis the Dachshund, a German sausage dog. In each story a misunderstanding, often arising from a device created by the inventor, Mr. Inventor, occurs which involves the officious Ernest the Policeman,For example in Be careful what you wish for he tells the wizard "I wish to be big!"...and inevitably is turned into a porcine burgher.

The pool of stories was re-used until the end of Children's Hour. Larry the Lamb was always played (at least when broadcast from London) by Derek McCulloch, Dennis at various times by Norman Shelley, Ernest Jay and Preston Lockwood, the Mayor by Franklyn Bellamy and Felix Felton, Ernest the Policeman by Arthur Wynn, Peter Claughton and Stephen Jack and the Inventor usually by Ivan Samson.

The opening music was "The Parade of the Tin Soldiers" by...
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