Brum, Brum gets things done.Brum
is a British children's TV series that was transmitted sporadically between 1991 and 2002. It followed the adventures of the eponymous Brum, a cute, sentient little car
who, according to The Other Wiki
, was apparently based on a late-1920s Austin 7 "Chummy" convertible. Brum was kept in in a museum in Birmingham (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 Re Tool
when the third series aired in 2001 — the Theme Song
was completely changed (the Opening Theme
changed from a ragtime-sounding number to a Big Band
tune where the Ending Theme
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 many established characters were dropped
, 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.
- Action Figure Speech: 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.
- Balloonacy: In Brum and the Chasing Balloons.
- Beach Episode: Seaside.
- Black Best Friend: Vicky Spoon.
- Bragging Theme Tune: The 2001 revival's Ending Theme, where it describes Brum as "a crazy superstar" and a "superhero".
- Cast the Expert: The man who played the museum curator, Mike Cavanagh, actually was the museum's founder and curator in Real Life. note
- Catch Phrase: Oh, my wheels and wipers!
- Character Name and the Noun Phrase
- Character Title
- Cloudcuckoolanders: Mr and Mrs Doolally, Brum's scatterbrained friends.
- Couch Gag / Every Episode Ending: 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).
- Dance Line: In Brum and the Big Chase.
- Down the Drain: 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.
- Fat and Skinny: In the 2001-2 series, Big Town's resident "helper-outers" (for lack of a better term) Bob and Job.
- Grumpy Old Man: Mr. Brillo.
- He Also Did: The show's original theme music was written by Kjartan Poskitt, best known for writing the Murderous Maths series of books.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Toyah Wilcox (the singer and actress) provided narration for the first couple of seasons.
- Jerkbutt: In many of the stories, antagonists abound. These include the young bullies in Rescue, the two robbers in Robbers and The Big Town Robber (no relation to the aforementioned robbers).
- Interspecies Friendship: Brum with just about everyone, but especially Vicky Spoon.
- Large Ham: Nearly all of the recurring human cast, with the notable exception of the museum owner. Brum's Signature Style was presenting the characters as 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 easily translated into other languages when exporting it overseas.
- Meaningful Name: 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.
- Mr. Brillo, the crotchety old man, is rough like a Brillo pad.
- Pantomime Animal: 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.
- Recycled Script: Very common in the final two years of the show, with the same basic plot of two thieves (always two) stealing something valuable from one of the Big Town folk, much like Sly and Gobbo in Noddys Toyland Adventures. Brum would then have to stop the thieves and retrieve the item before being given a ticker-tape parade for saving the day.
- Salt and Pepper: The Lollipop Lady and Mickey the black janitor (no relation to a certain Smith).
- Sentient Vehicle: Brum, of course.
- Slapstick: Often pervasive in the show's humour due to its strong emphasis on visuals.
- So Once Again, the Day Is Saved: "... and off he brummed, all the way home." (or at least a variant)
- "Way to go, Brum!" In the newer series.
- Stock Footage: The footage of Brum escaping from and returning to the museum filmed for the 1994 series was reused in the 2001 revival.
- Swiper, No Swiping!: 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.
- Throw It In\Unusually Uninteresting Sight: It's obvious from watching some of the footage that Brum was filmed against busy Birmingham without closing off certain areas for this purpose. This leads to some interesting reactions from ordinary people who are not even aware that they're being filmed.
- Unintentional Period Piece: Particularly the episodes from the 1990s. Multicoloured jumpers? Check. Perms? Check. Dated diagetic and non-diagetic music resembling 90s house and hip-hop? Check.
- Upper Class Twits: Mr and Mrs La-Di-Dah.
- Valentine's Day Episode: Brum and the Helicopter. Except it's called "Sweetheart's Day".
- The Voiceless: Again, all the cast except for the narrator.
- Wedding Day: In Brum at the Wedding.