Each week, the 1960s children’s television puppet show Camberwick Green began with the narrator Brian Cant’s announcement: “Here is a box, a musical box, wound up and ready to play. But this box can hide a secret inside. Can you guess what is in it today?” As it rotated and ticked before its pint-sized audience, triangular segments on the top would slide apart and the puppet character destined to be the focus of the episode’s adventures would rise up on some hidden clockwork mechanism.
That captivating musical box and those entrancing eight-inch-tall puppets, with heads made from ping-pong balls and clothes from foam latex, were the creation of Gordon Murray, who has died aged 95. And the adventures of those characters – including the milkman Thomas Tripp, postmistress Mrs Dingle, scrumpy-quaffing rustic Windy Miller,