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''Brum'' is a British children's TV series that was transmitted sporadically between 1991 and 2002 on [[Creator/TheBBC BBC One]]. It followed the adventures of the eponymous Brum, [[SentientVehicle a cute, sentient little car]] who, according to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, was apparently based on a late-1920s Austin 7 "Chummy" convertible.

Brum was kept in in a museum in Birmingham ([[MeaningfulName hence his name]]), where he would often escape (without the museum curator ever noticing he was gone) to explore the "Big Town" -- Birmingham's main commercial, industrial and residential centre. Naturally, his sense of curiosity would either lead him to discover problems to be solved, or Brum himself would encounter some sort of strife to get himself out of.

The series underwent something of a ReTool when the third series aired in 2001 -- the ThemeSong was completely changed (the OpeningTheme changed from a ragtime-sounding number to a BigBand tune where the EndingTheme featured the decisively more {{pop}}-sounding "Brum, Brum Gets Things Done"), the show's former {{narrator}}, Toyah Wilcox, was eschewed in favour of two child narrators (Tom Wright and Sarah Wichall) and [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome many established characters were dropped]], [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse no matter how large their part was within the series]]. However, the structure of the show remained almost the same, and so did all of its quirks.

The show aired for a time in the mid 2000s on what's currently Creator/DiscoveryFamily (as part of their ''Ready Set Learn'' block) in the US.
* ActionFigureSpeech: Brum often shows he's either speaking or expressing some sort of wild emotion (such as enthusiasm, excitement or panic) by bobbing his suspension, making him rock on both sides. At other times he spins his crank, extends his front flaps, sounds his horn and "waves" by opening and shutting his doors.
** The human characters in the show also utilise this trope, but UpToEleven. See LargeHam.
* {{Balloonacy}}: In ''Brum and the Chasing Balloons''.
* BeachEpisode: ''Seaside''.
* BlackBestFriend: Vicky Spoon.
* BraggingThemeTune: The 2001 {{revival}}'s EndingTheme, where it describes Brum as "a crazy superstar" and a "superhero".
* CatchPhrase: Oh, my wheels and wipers!
* CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase
* CharacterTitle
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s: Mr and Mrs Doolally, Brum's scatterbrained friends.
* CouchGag / EveryEpisodeEnding: Whenever Brum returned to the museum from "Big Town", he would always have some kind of memento (be it given to him or left there by accident) in his back seat. The curator would then come along when closing up the museum for the day, notice the object in Brum's seat and do something with it (or just wonder how it got there).
* DanceLine: In ''Brum and the Big Chase''.
* DownTheDrain: A non-video game example appears in ''Brum and the Flood'', where Brum must venture into Big Town's sewers to unblock them and prevent a large flood.
* FatAndSkinny: In the 2001-2 series, Big Town's resident [[BuffySpeak "helper-outers"]] (for lack of a better term) Bob and Job.
* GrumpyOldMan: Mr. Brillo.
* InterspeciesFriendship: Brum with just about everyone, but ''especially'' Vicky Spoon.
* [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkbutt]]: In many of the stories, antagonists abound. These include the young bullies in ''Rescue'', the two robbers in ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Robbers]]'' and The Big Town Robber (no relation to the aforementioned robbers).
* LargeHam: Nearly ''all'' of the recurring human cast, with the notable exception of the museum owner. ''Brum'''s SignatureStyle was presenting the characters as [[TheVoiceless mute]] while the narrator would say the dialogue, like reading a storybook aloud. Therefore it was imperative that the characters be as hammy as possible.
** This was also a device used so that the show could be [[FilmingForEasyDub easily translated]] into other languages when exporting it overseas.
* MeaningfulName: Brum's name derives from both the show's setting (''Brum'' is a slang term for Birmingham) and the fact he brums a lot since he is a car. (The first meaning was likely lost on US viewers when the show ran on Discovery Kids, though.)
** Mr. Brillo, the crotchety old man, is rough like a ''Brillo'' pad.
* PantomimeAnimal: A pantomime horse chases Brum all over the theatre in ''{{Opera}}''. A pair of thieves also disguise themselves as a pantomime cow in ''Brum and the Pantomime Cow''.
* SaltAndPepper: The Lollipop Lady and Mickey the [[EthnicMenialLabor black janitor]] (no relation to [[Series/DoctorWho a certain Smith]]).
* SentientVehicle: Brum, of course.
* {{Slapstick}}: Often pervasive in the show's humour due to its strong emphasis on visuals.
* SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved: "... and off he brummed, all the way home." (or at least a variant)
** "Way to go, Brum!" In the newer series.
* StockFootage: The footage of Brum escaping from and returning to the museum filmed for the 1994 series was reused in the 2001 revival.
* SwiperNoSwiping: Used in ''every'' episode with an antagonist, save for the first episode where two bullies ignore Brum's cries and let a bunch of balloons carry a little girl's doll into the sky.
* [[UpperClassTwit Upper Class Twits]]: Mr and Mrs La-Di-Dah.
* [[ValentinesDayEpisodes Valentine's Day Episode]]: ''Brum and the Helicopter''. Except it's called [[YouMeanXmas "Sweetheart's Day"]].
* TheVoiceless: Again, all the cast except for the narrator.
* WeddingDay: In ''Brum at the Wedding''.