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First Series

 

 

 

  1. The Further Adventures of Toad

  2. The Kidnapping of Toad

  3. The Ghost at Mole End

  4. The Great Steamer

  5. Buried Treasure

  6. Mole's Cousin

  7. Grand Annual Show

  8. The Open Road Again

  9. Wayfarers All

  10. The Weasels' Trap

  11. Burglary at Toad Hall

  12. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

  13. The Yuletide Entertainment

1. The Further Adventures of Toad

At his celebratory dinner after taking back Toad Hall, Toad recounts stories of what happened to him between his escape from prison and his return to the river bank, including his trip aboard a washerwoman's barge and a dealing with a gipsy. Disgusted by Toad's behaviour throughout the whole escapade, Badger makes Toad write apologies to all the people he mistreated.

2. The Kidnapping of Toad

The weasels invite Toad to their den as a guest speaker. Toad attends, against his friends' advice. The weasels him prisoner and demand a ransom. Badger, Rat and Mole go to the weasel's den to rescue him, but find it empty. The weasels, sick of Toad's constant talking, leave him in the Wild Wood blindfolded, with a message saying "You can have him for what he's worth - nothing."  

3. The Ghost at Mole End

While dozing in his armchair, Mole is suddenly woken by strange noises in his home. Rat comes over, but cannot find an explanation for the sounds. Toad later stops by in his Rolls and sings a song about how many ghosts live at Toad Hall. When Toad hears the noises himself, he quickly leaves. Even Badger cannot explain the sounds, suggesting a woodpecker is to blame. Mole goes back to his armchair and falls asleep only to be woken by plaster falling on his head. He summons the help of Ratty, and they deal with the real cause of the disturbance.

 

4. The Great Steamer

The young field mice are playing outside Rat's house, where Mole is visiting. Rat sends them away because it is too dangerous to play near the river. That evening, a steamboat goes down the river, causing a lot of damage to Rat's house. Unfortunately, one field mouse, Billy, was swept into the river. Rat and Mole get in the boat and struggle to save Billy just before he goes over the weir. All the field mice have hot drinks at Rat's afterwards, and they sing Rat's new ditty, We'll Go Boating.

 

5. Buried Treasure

The weasels buy the deeds to a part of the Wild Wood, which includes the site of Badger's home. A trip to court proves that the documents are legal. The weasels give Badger until noon to vacate his home, but his friends try to keep them from moving in. Mole helps Badger pack all his belongings, and while in the cellar, finds an old stone chest. He takes it up to the living room and opens it. Inside is an old scroll written in Latin. Badger translates it and discovers that it is an ancient Roman document, legally giving that part of the Wild Wood to the badgers forever, signed by Caesar. Badger keeps his home and the weasels are furious.

 

6. Mole's Cousin

Mole receives a letter from his cousin, Auberon. He is coming to visit Mole End. Because Auberon is a rich playwright from the city, Mole is very nervous about whether he will like his humble home. Toad, Rat and Badger all give their advice on how to seem stylish and fashionable in front of Auberon. Mole does not want to put on a charade, so he just acts himself when his cousin arrives. Auberon is glad to spend time in such a simple environment. Toad is outraged that Auberon's chauffeur is also a toad.

 

7. The Grand Annual Show

Everyone in the Field, Wild Wood and River Bank is invited to enter the Grand Annual Show, with the added incentive of a silver cup as the prize for best of show. Ratty enters his walnut cake, Mole enters his blackcurrant jelly and Badger enters his pickled walnuts. Toad unsuccessfully tries to make is own wine using his chemistry set. At the Show the weasels are awarded the silver cup for their huge pumpkin. However, when Mrs Carrington-Moss pins the ribbon onto it, it quickly deflates, so the cup goes to Toad. Unfortunately, the label slips off his bottle of elderflower wine, revealing that he did not make the wine himself, he just put his own label on a bottle from his cellar. Luckily, some field mice arrive just in time to win the cup for their huge vegetable marrow.

 

8. The Open Road Again

Toad, Rat and Mole are out on a hiking trip when they meet the field mice. The farmer's new harvester has just destroyed their home, and they have no where to go. Alfred suggests they stay in Toad's old caravan, which is still laying abandoned in a ditch. The field mice and the other animals all help repair and renovate the old caravan, their plan being to let the field mice stay there for a few weeks, and then Toad and his friends can go on a holiday in it. The weeks pass, and Toad, Mole and Rat arrive to go on their trip in the caravan. Unfortunately, the field mice still have no where to live, so they are given the caravan forever. Toad doesn't mind though, because he has discovered "the only way to travel" - the bicycle.

 

9. Wayfarers All

Rat is restless and bored. A mysterious seafaring rat arrives at river bank and befriends Ratty. He tells him stories of adventure in far-flung lands and bewitches Ratty with his tales. When the sea rat leaves, Ratty also wants to start a seafaring life, so he sets out on the road. Mole is worried so he gets Toad's help. They drive towards the sea, just managing to stop Ratty from boarding a ship.

 

10. The Weasels' Trap

Badger stops the weasels from robbing Billy Rabbit as he is walking through the Wild Wood. The weasels are angry at his interference and set up a metal trap they find. However, Badger is diverted from his usual route by fighting rabbits, so the henchman moves the trap to a new spot. Unfortunately, the Chief walks straight into it. The henchman begs Rat and Mole for help, but they are not strong enough to open it. When Badger comes along, he at first refuses to help, but he eventually frees the Chief's leg. He then lock the trap away in his cupboard.

 

11. Burglary at Toad Hall

Toad announces that he is having an open day at Toad Hall. His friends think it is a bad idea, and Badger refuses to come. The Hall is officially opened by Mrs Carrington-Moss, and after some light refreshments, Toad begins his guided tour. Meanwhile, the weasels are stealing all Toad's valuables and hiding them in the secret tunnel. As Toad show the guests around his home, he cannot find most of his pieces. Badger, meanwhile, is painting a portrait of Toad Hall outside and spots the weasels sneaking in and out of the tunnel. He follows them back in and ensures the return of Toad's treasures.

 

12. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

One hot summer's evening, Otter's son, Portly, goes missing. Everyone searches for him late into the night, even the weasels. Badger fears that he has been killed by an otter hunt, but Rat and Mole set out on the river to keep searching. They reach Pan Island, where the Piper at the Gates of Dawn has saved Portly.  Returning him to Otter, neither Mole nor Ratty can remember what happened, the haunting verse of the Piper forgotten. 

 

13. The Yuletide Entertainment

This year's annual production is a Christmas variety show in Toad Hall, produced by Badger. The show opens with Otter playing an awful rendition of We'll Go Boating, followed by Ratty playing Duck's Ditty and Badger showing his slides of India. However, Toad is unable to perform his song because he accidentally swallowed his false moustache. As the audience grows restless, Rat and Badger beg Mole to go on stage. He reluctantly agrees and performs You've Got To Have a Little Bit of Style. Toad recovers just in time to address an empty hall. 

 


The Kenneth Grahame Society

[This page was reproduced with the kind permission of its original author Nicholas Houghton (Australia)]