Without wishing to take anything away from the books this enduring success can be, in no small part, attributed to The Wombles step away from the page and on to the screen with the 1973 BBC TV series.
This new series was written by Beresford and directed by Anglo-French animator Ivor Wood who had previously worked on 'The Magic Roundabout' (with Serge Danot) and 'The Herbs' and who would go on to make 'Paddington' and 'Postman Pat'.
Providing the voices for the Wombles was British TV legend Bernard Cribbins. In the video below he talks about the show.
Two series, each consisting of thirty 5 minute episodes, of 'The Wombles' were produced in 1973 and 1975 and all 6 can be viewed in the two playlists below.
They are beautifully made, utterly charming, slightly mischievous and gloriously daft.