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Watch The Wombles' Drivetime Video

Simon Mayo | 23:50 UK time, Tuesday, 13 December 2011

The Wombles Visit BBC Radio 2:

The Wombles - Wombling Merry Christmas

The Wombles - The Wombling Song


  • Comment number 1.

    Is this a new blog?

    Whoop whoop Uncle Simon.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 2.

    Nice to see so many scenes that will be instantly recognizable to all that helped out at Cin.

    Happy Days.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 3.

    Greetings Of Warmth Mr Mayo & ALL (Although Near Impossible Judging By The Weather Presently Present)...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Mate - just got 'ome from a long day at work and a quick lurk and WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Whatta late blog!!!!!!!!!!!

    A was listening ter yer show earlier and a most enjoyable show, especially with The Wombles.... They 'cleaned' up BIG style!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-)))))))

    Nite all!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 4.

    new blog i dont think ive ever been this high on the blog number 3

  • Comment number 5.

    Nice to see you so high Gazza ;)

  • Comment number 6.

    im number 4 lol

    loved the wombles but how come thay were only on 4, 20 minutes when other guests get about 25 to half hour.i bet mike batt was worn out,you have 2 get the muppets on next

  • Comment number 7.

    thanks mtf :)i see steve wright finishes on friday 4 xmas chris tarrant is on next week

  • Comment number 8.

    the videos dont work keep clicking nothing happening

  • Comment number 9.

    A nice early blog today, Simon!!!

    #8 HH... they're working OK - it looks like Sally Christmas in the long red outfit!!!

  • Comment number 10.

    HH I now have all three clips playing at the same time for a Wombles Mash-Up!!!!

    nite nite xx

  • Comment number 11.

    So nice ~Thanks!Haha,the Christmas is coming nearly.....

  • Comment number 12.

    i click it nothing happens i saw a vid on the radio 2 home page via fb but these 3 wont work

  • Comment number 13.

    ive seen the vids now thay are on youtube

  • Comment number 14.

    Morning All,

    Don't get chance much to blog at the moment, but I do try and sneak in from time to time.

    I listened to and watched The Wombles last night, and seemed to strangely remember (member member!) all the words. I loved the Wombles on TV as a child.

    Interesting times at work- I'm currently in a small office of 4. Although my job is entirely separate and I report to one of the Directors, there is huge office politics going on with the other three, and the atmosphere can be somewhat icy and quiet and this can go on sometimes, all day. So the Blog is my guilty refuge!

    Must go and will try and join in the mensh chasing later.

    madchick x

  • Comment number 15.

    Good morning blogpoppets!

    And a huge thanks to the DT team for posting these vids. Things not going too great at the mo (for a number of reasons and not for here) and these cheered me up no end this morning. Heard the show last night but was listening on the ipad so couldn't watch it live. Enjoyed being whisked back to my childhood.

    No opportunity for mensh chasing at the mo but you are all doing a fine job.

    Mo X

  • Comment number 16.

    Good Morning Poppeteers

    Oooh a Womble Blog - thanks Simon. Will watch later as the rest of the house is still sleeping.

    Won't get a chance to choon chase today. Meetings all day *yawns*.

    Have a good day everyone and will catch you later.

    Shona x

  • Comment number 17.

    Morning Everybody,

    A good show last night, enjoyed the Wombles.

    (Dislike litter, get a lot of it around here and in the garden. Also see it on the beaches and nature spots)
    Nice to see the video posted on the blog, can't play them on this computer, but thank you to the Drivetime team.

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 18.

    Good morning all - am feeling very poorlysick. Could be worse. At least it's not next week ...

    Madchickster - how awful having to work in such an environment! I hope they don't try and drag you into it.

    Mo - sorry to see that you are having problems. Having had more than my fair share of woes during the past year, I sometimes find it's helpful to heed the wise words of those eastern sages - "this too shall pass".


  • Comment number 19.

    Morning all :-) from a dark and cold looking Shire, going down to London Town for the day for a bit of Christmas shopping and hopefully some Crimbo spirt...most likely just get irritared by the crowds and the heat in the shops!

    PSL x

  • Comment number 20.

    Good Morning All

    Thank you Drivetime team for posting the videos - a fun start to the day!

    KatyMatey - sorry to hear you're poorly. Sounds like a duvet day is in order.

    Mo - you know where I am.

    Madchick - there's nothing worse than office politics. Stay well out of it, keep your head down and do some covert blogging!


  • Comment number 21.

    Morning pop pickers

    Didn't hear the show last night but just spent a nostalgic 5 mins watching the video of the Wombles on the blog. Brought back many happy memories. I wondered if the poor chap having his desk tidied by Madame Cholet is the NYM? I'm a bit concerned that Orinoco is developing a humpback in his old age. And the guitarist (Tomsk? Tobermory?) with the glasses perched on the end of his nose is bearing more than a passing resemblance to a certain dudish Drivetime DJ (In fact, I meant to say before, that I noticed whenever pix are posted of his Lordship with guests, he seems to adopt their physical characteristics, a bit like dogs and their owners - they smile, he smiles; they wear black, he wears black; they put a hand on his shoulder, he puts a hand on their shoulder). Take a look and you'll see what I mean.

    Anyway, busy day today, so see you later.


    PS Nice use of the apostrophe in Wombles' DT video!

    PPS Get weller sooner, Katy.

  • Comment number 22.

    I enjoyed the Wombles too like you all have said they took me back to a nice place when things were much simpler....Ahhhh those were the days :-D

    Hope the poorly ones among us buck up sooon and the horrid weather goes away too.

    PSL x

  • Comment number 23.

    ***thoughts from under the duvet****

    Can't make up my mind whether I like those blue Christmas lights or not, as they seem so ... er ... vibrant and a bit fierce.

    I think I'm just used to the familiarity of my white twinkly lights.

    Does anyone here have them?

  • Comment number 24.

    Good morning everyone

    Are these blue lights in your bedroom, Katy? We always have white lights but have just bought some new LD ones that are still in the box but look like they might have a blueish effect looking at the pics... we shall see once the tree, won in a raffle, is delievered later.

    Hope you'll feel better soon Katy::


  • Comment number 25.

    Good Morning All

    What a thoroughly fine chap is that Mr. Mayo!

    Poorly Katy - white twinkly lights always!

  • Comment number 26.

    we have some blue ones for the outside tree they look nice when it snows but they are a bit 'in your face' which is why I guess the emergency services have flashing blue lights?
    I have white on the house trees and on the stair garland....yes I lurve Christmas!

  • Comment number 27.

    Morning all

    Get well soon Katy! We have a few blue lights (stars on spikes round a tree), but they are 'softened' by all the white ones we have.

    #2 MTF - it is good to see where we were for CiN!

    Sunny and very cold here today, the wind (whisper it) seems to have died back a bit.

    Mo - hope you're OK.

    'See' you all on the new blog.

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 28.

    Morning all.

    Nice card Flo, hope you feel betterer soon Katymaty.

    The homework sucks question last night? My Dad told me that it was the fuse light when I was about 7 years old! I though everyone would have known that? Mind you, my Dad did fill our minds with all kinds of everything. I knew how to change a plug at about the same age too. There's something that you dont need to do that often these days.

    More wet stuff cascading from the sky this morning. I drove through all kinds of conditions last night, huge branches down and deep standing water. A blanket of snow over Exmoor yesterday afternoon. You really do have to have your wits about you and be prepared for every eventuality.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 29.

    #23 White lights for me everytime - the blue ones are a bit harsh I think.

    Not expecting a particularly early new blog today, as it was the Drivetime Christmas dinner last night... Happy to be proved wrong though.

    MTF - you take care out there.


  • Comment number 30.

    A thought -

    maybe someone - when not poorly - could dip the vibrant fierce blue lights in left over egg whites ...........................

  • Comment number 31.

    Morning all,
    Methinks the DT dude did come home from his 'work do' a little merry last night and decide it was a good idea to blog at 23.50 to save him getting up early!
    No more driving child #3 to school, so both are probably still slumbering as we speak...
    Oh and if anyone wants to get in the Xmas mood properly, check this out:

    I think the military wives had a hand in this (maybe a cold one up his jumper? - you'll see what I mean if you watch it!)

  • Comment number 32.

    Dont try this at home!


    MTF :O

  • Comment number 33.

    testing testing....this blog is very testing....

  • Comment number 34.

    It was the first time i ever heard a womble been interviewed, loved it!
    it took me back to my childhood, where i first saw them perform on TOTP

  • Comment number 35.


    "The BBC has been flooded with complaints after a Womble removed the head of his costume during a webcast show on Radio 2, reports the Telegraph. The rubbish-collecting children's favourites were appearing on Simon Mayo's Drivetime show, which was screened as a live webcast online.

    Orinoco the Womble removed his head before the filming had stopped, prompting tears from children around the country, who were presented with the sad fact that the Wombles aren't real! As the interview came to an end, Mike Batt, creator of the Wombles who was dressed as Orinoco, took off his Womble head before the filming had stopped.

    The BBC has since removed the link showing the unfortunate head removal from its website, leaving just the interview and song performances. Mike Batt quickly took to Twitter to apologise to fans, saying his costume was a bit too toasty:

    "On no - they told us we were off air!!!! I told them (the BBC) that I needed a break after the songs (as it) was a high heat effort - they were supposed to give me a two minute break!"

    A spokesman for the BBC admitted there was a bit of a head-related blunder during the show, saying: "The Wombles played a festive set for Radio 2 which was filmed for live online streaming.The Wombles were aware they were being filmed, but he (Mike Batt) just took his head off. The group were fully aware that they were being filmed and had not been given the all clear that they were off air."


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