Castles and Knights Me Too!


Castles and Knights

Children's drama series about the parallel lives of parents at work and their children. Mickey John's guest speaker fails to turn up.


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# Come on and get on down to the city

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# Where the trains all clatter through

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# Hey! Look at that driver driving

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-# I want to ride that train of blue

-Me too!

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# I'm looking way up high to the windows

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# Take a peek for an inside view

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# All those people busy working

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-# I want to see what they all do

-Me too!

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# Come on, let's weave round the market

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# Do you hear the hullabaloo?

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# Everybody's busy selling

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-# I wanna buy me something new

-Me too!

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# Look through the arches under the station

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# Down where the pigeons perch and coo

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# Take a taxi ride to the river

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-# I wanna drive down the avenue

-Me too!

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# Hey, look at those buses gleaming

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# They look so clean and spanking new

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# All lined up to drive around the city

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-# Let me ting that bell

-Ding, ding!

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# Going to ride on round to the school stop

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# Where the children hurry through

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# Sit down, the teacher's teaching

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# I'd love to learn a thing or two

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# Me too!

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# I love to skip in Riverseafingal

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# Riverseafingal, by the sea. #

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Seven o'clock.

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# I love to skip in Riverseafingal

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# Riverseafingal, that's for me

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# Come on and get on down to the city

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-# Where the ferryboat sails are blue

-Sails are blue!

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# Time to call on Granny Murray

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# She'd love to say hello to you. #

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Me too!

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Hello, honey pie, come away in and see who's at home today.

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# Granny Murray's house has two at home to play

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# Granny Murray's house is home to... #

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Who's here today? Well, we've got and Ellie and Sean.

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Don't just sit there, my wee cream buns, come on.

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Let's get moving. Giddy up! Giddy up!

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Oh! Let's gallop, horsie!

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Oh, you've got a frisky one there, Sean. Come on, horsie!

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Neeh-eh-eh-eh-eeh!

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Well, we've got Ellie and Sean, but someone's missing from home today.

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GATE CREAKS

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Oh! Not any more! Who's coming home to Granny Murray?

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Oh, it's Mickey John with Rebecca.

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Hello there!

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Mickey John! Hello!

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-Wohoo!

-Ho, ho! This is exciting! What are you playing?

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I know! It's knights from the olden days, riding home to their castle.

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How wonderful! Let's dress Claude up as a knight in shining armour.

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I'm the brave knight, Sir Mickey of Riverseafingal.

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Would you walk with me to the comfy part of the castle, My Lady?

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It would be an honour, Sir Mickey!

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-At your service, My Lady.

-Too kind!

-SHE LAUGHS

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I'm glad you thought of knights and armour.

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I'm taking Rebecca to see the castle later.

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We have a knight and castles day at school.

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Professor Lumpton is talking to the kids.

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He knows lots about the days of olde.

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Do you know how knights got on the horses?

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-I imagine they grabbed the reins and climbed on.

-No!

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Their armour was so heavy, they had a big thing like a crane

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to lift them up, swing them round and put them on the horse.

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That's amazing!

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I'm the teacher and you know more about knights and castles than me!

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It's surprising what you know when you think about it.

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Look at Claude!

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Oh, Claude! You look like a knight in shining armour!

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I'll leave you to guard the castle, Claude, while I go to battle!

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-Well, school, actually.

-Here, Dad.

-Oh, thank you!

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This little fellow is a jester. Did you know that?

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Do you know, he used to live in a castle?

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Did he? I must get the professor to tell me about jesters at school.

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Brave knights, fair ladies, farewell! THEY LAUGH

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Remember, it's surprising what you know, when you think about it.

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-Thanks, Granny Murray. See you later.

-Bye, my darlin'.

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-We'll be thinking of you.

-Me too!

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You keep a wee eye on Mickey John.

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Make sure he goes the right way to work.

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# I'm on my way to work today

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# Walking my shoes through the city views

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# Stepping along and swinging my arms

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# Singing my way through the city's charms

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# Getting there is just so fine

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# I so enjoy my walking time

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# I always go the way I know

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-# Can you show me the way I go? #

-Hey!

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OK - which way?

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# Do I go left now? Do I go right?

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# Which way is wrong now? Which way is right? #

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-Right!

-OK - right! To the school!

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# I'm on my way to work today

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# Looking this way and that-a-way... #

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Hello, alley!

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Hello, doors!

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Hello, steeple!

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Hello, walls!

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Hello, people!

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# La la la la La la la la la la la-la la

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# Dum de-dee-dee De de de de de doo

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# Do I go up now? Do I go down?

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# Which way's a smile now and which way's a frown? #

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-Up!

-OK, that way! Up!

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# You told me the way to go

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# Thank you - you showed me the way I know. #

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Thank you for getting me to work on time. Oh, yes.

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What's next?

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That's right! I have to put my tie on.

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All dressed and ready to go!

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Oh! Hurray!

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So, Mr Jester, who's visiting us today?

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SQUEAKY VOICE: Professor Lumpton, to talk about knights and castles.

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-I'm here!

-You're early!

-Professor?!

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No, it's me, Raymond. Don't you remember?

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I said I had costumes for the kids for the school play.

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-Oh, yes. Thank you.

-Who's this professor?

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Professor Lumpton, an old friend.

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He's coming to talk about people living in castles in the old days.

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Castles? Here's a costume that might interest you.

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HAT JINGLES A jester costume,

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like this little fellow's wearing.

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Every castle had a jester.

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They didn't have TV or computer games,

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so the jester entertained kings, queens, knights and ladies.

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-So that's what a jester did.

-Yes. He'd tell jokes,

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and make everyone laugh. He'd sing funny songs, be an acrobat.

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RAYMOND LAUGHS He must have been clever.

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He had to be. Because if he didn't make the king laugh,

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-he'd be thrown out.

-Poor jester!

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I know. I better get back to work.

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I hope the professor's talk goes well.

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-Thanks for bringing the costumes round.

-See ya.

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HE LAUGHS

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I've learned a lot today and school hasn't even started yet!

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I hope you're having fun, Rebecca.

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# I love to skip in Riverseafingal

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# Riverseafingal, by the sea

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# I love to skip in Riverseafingal

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# Riverseafingal, that's for me. #

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Here we go. Oh, Rebecca, you look just like a princess in a castle.

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-SHE LAUGHS

-Whoops!

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-This hat looks like an upside-down ice cream cone, doesn't it?

-Yeah.

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Just like I was telling your daddy earlier. That's better.

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-Aw, beautiful.

-Are you working hard, Daddy?

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-All right, Mickey John?

-Hello, Tina.

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I've just want to know

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what time to collect the Professor at the station?

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He arrives at one. Can you bring him straight here.

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He's telling the kids about knights and castles.

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Knights and castles?!

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-Then shouldn't he be coming on a horse and not a taxi?!

-Why?

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In the olden days, if you wanted to get anywhere,

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you had to walk or ride on a horse!

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SCHOOL BELL RINGS Oh! Here comes my class.

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I'll leave you to it. See you after lunch. Bye!

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Right! Let's get down to some hard work.

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# I whoop with joy when I go to school in the mornin'

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# Teaching with my chums and see the children learning

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# School day, work away

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# I'm learnin' learnin' learnin' when I'm teachin'

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# I'm teachin' learnin' teachin' learnin' teachin'

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# School day, work away

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# Teaching to count and teaching to read

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# Learning about birds and plants and seeds

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# Playing games and sports outdoors

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# Blowing my whistle and keeping scores

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# School day, work away

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# I'm learnin' learnin' learnin' when I'm teachin'

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# We're learnin' learnin' learnin' when he's teachin'

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# School day, work away

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# Oh, the secretary's smiling as she does her organising

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# The janny fixes the cookie mixes

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# And the cleaner keeps us shining

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# Oh, I whoop with joy when I go to school in the morning

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# Holding the line in the dinner queue

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# While the cookie cooks and serves a stew

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# Answering the questions where and why

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# How does it work and how does it fly?

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# School day, work away

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# I'm learnin' learnin' learnin' when I'm teachin'

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# He's learnin' learnin' learnin' when he's teachin'

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# School day, work away

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# All the children peep and eye me

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# As they sit and try their writin' I take a look, I mark their books

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# The good ones get a smiley

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# Oh, I whoop with joy when I go to school in the mornin'. #

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-Hi there.

-Oh, hi, Dr Juno, what can I do for you?

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I spoke to Tina. She said Professor Lumpton was coming today.

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-He is. Do you know him?

-Yes, he used to teach at my university.

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He's brilliant.

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Could I come and listen too?

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-Of course.

-Oh, thank you.

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He always used to make castle life sound so interesting.

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But they were never comfortable places to live.

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They were cold and drafty. They had no carpets!

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Just stone floors covered in straw.

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I wouldn't fancy that!

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I'll let Professor Lumpton tell you all about it later on.

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-Tina's picking him up at one.

-See you then. Thank you.

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I wonder if Rebecca and Granny Murray are at the castle yet.

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There's a soldier with his green hat.

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See over there? Keeping the castle safe.

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GUN FIRES

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Huh! Rebecca, your daddy would live it here.

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What's it like at your school, Daddy?

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-Is he here yet?

-Not yet, but any minute. Settle in at the back.

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-It'll be an interesting afternoon.

-Oooh, I'm so excited!

-Me too!

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Ah, Tina, you made it. Well done.

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-Erm...Mickey John?

-Where's the professor?

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-He's not coming!

-What?!

-What?!

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Sorry to bring bad news, but he missed his train.

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He left a message at the station to say he can't make it today.

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-Oh, no.

-This is a disaster.

-Hmm.

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I've been talking about the professor all day

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and everyone was looking forward to it.

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Now the kids have no-one to talk about knights and castles.

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They're back from lunch soon. Where did the time go?!

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At 7:00am I dropped Rebecca at Granny Murray's.

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I told her about the professor coming to talk about knights and castles.

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She knew lots about them too.

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At eight, I got to school.

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Raymond arrived with a box of costumes for the school play.

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He showed me a jester's costume and told me about what jesters did.

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Nine o'clock, Tina popped in.

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She wanted to know when to fetch the professor from the station.

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She said he should travel by horse, just like people did in the old days.

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The kids came and our day began.

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At 12 o'clock, it was lunch time.

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Dr Juno asked if she could the professor talk to the class.

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She remembered lots of things he said about castle life.

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At one o'clock Dr Juno came back for the talk. We were so excited.

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Then Tina arrived with bad news.

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The Professor had missed his train.

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So now there's no-one to talk to the children.

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Now, remember, it's surprising what you know when you think about it.

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It's surprising what you know when you think about it. What do I know?

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Well, Granny Murray told me about knights,

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Raymond told me about jesters,

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Tina told me about how people travelled,

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and Dr Juno told me what it was like living in a castle.

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There's loads I can tell the class.

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I'll have to make it interesting.

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-BOTH:

-You can do it, Mickey John!

-Yeah!

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But it's a race against time!

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# I've gotta do it, I've gotta do it

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# I've got to beat the clock before the chime

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# I've gotta sort it, I've gotta sort it

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# I've got to do the job on time

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# Like a busy bee, I'm gonna beat that clock

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# I'm gonna finish this job before I finish this song

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# Do we think he's gonna do it, do the job that needs to be done?

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# Will he know how to fix it? Will be finish what he has begun?

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# As true as we are friends, he will get there in the end

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# Cos he knows what he should do How to work it through

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-# I'm gonna do it

-He's gonna do it

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# I'm gonna beat the clock before the chime

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-# I'm gonna sort it

-He's gonna sort it

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# I'm gonna do the job on time

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# Like a busy bee, I'm gonna beat that bong

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# Gonna finish this job before I finish this song. #

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BONG!

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So, what do I know?

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Well, I know that living in a castle looked a bit like this...

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and we also know that knights used to put on their armour

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and fight battles. And if you wanted to go anywhere

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you had to go on a horse.

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We know that castles weren't warm and comfy,

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but the lords and ladies always had a jester to keep them laughing.

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And jesters knew a song or two.

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HE STRUMS # Sir Richard was a knight

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# who drove a horse and cart

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# But when his horse forgot his oats his cart would never start

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# His mother said, "That rickety thing, chuck it in the ditch!"

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# He said, "No, Mother dear, this cart will make us rich!"

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# One day he drove it past the king to show his cart with pride

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# The king then stopped him and jumped in for the ride

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# He said, "I think I want one, now here's a bag of gold"

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# So Dicky said, "Your Majesty, to you this cart is sold" #

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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Oh, well done, Mickey John. That was brilliant!

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Yes! You made castles and knights sound as exciting

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-as Professor Lumpton did.

-Thanks. I never knew I knew so much.

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Well, my day's gone better than I'd hoped.

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I hope you're having a good day, Rebecca.

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Oh! There's a policeman on a horse!

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Not quite a knight in shining armour but he keeps us safe all the same.

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Och, we'll have to heading home soon, Rebecca.

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Your dad will be coming to fetch you, won't he?

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Where are you, Daddy?

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SCHOOL BELL RINGS

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Mickey John! Come away through!

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-Look who's here, Rebecca!

-Hello, beautiful girl!

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-Hey! How are you? Have you had a lovely time?

-Yes.

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Oh, you bet we have, eh?

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-Say thank you to Granny Murray.

-Come here, my darling. Good girl!

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And it's thanks from me too, Granny Murray.

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Your saying "it's surprising what you know when you think about it"

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-saved the day.

-Well I never did!

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Come on, now. You'd better be off.

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-Looking forward to next time!

-Me too!

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Come on, Rebecca. Let's chat about our time away.

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And I suppose you'll want ME to tell YOU about my time too?

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# Well, there was...

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# Laughing, squishing, rocking, pushing

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# Dancing, sharing, choosing

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# Talking, cooking, drying, cleaning

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# Saving, loving, joking

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# Losing things and rushing round

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# Dressing up and sitting down. #

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Oh!

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But what was really special about today?

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Well, Claude was dressed as a knight in armour.

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Cos Mickey John told us about his friend

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who knew all about knights and castles.

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We dressed up too to look like ladies from the olden days.

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Rebecca looked like a princess!

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Later on I took Rebecca to look at the castle.

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We saw a policeman on a horse. He was like a knight

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but without the armour.

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The castle was fantastic!

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And we wondered what it would be like to live in one.

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And while we were wondering, Mickey John was telling his class

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exactly what it was like to live in one.

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When he thought about it, he was surprised at how much he knew.

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I hope you enjoyed yourself.

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Me too!

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Bye-bye, honey pie!

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# I love to skip in Riverseafingal

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# Riverseafingal, by the sea

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# I love to skip in Riverseafingal

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# Riverseafingal, that's for me

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# Come on and get on down to the city

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-# Where the ferryboat sails are blue

-Sails are blue!

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# Time to call on Granny Murray

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# She'd love to say goodbye to you. #

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Me too!

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Children's drama series about the parallel lives of parents at work and their children with child minder Granny Murray. Mickey John's guest speaker fails to turn up. However, he remembers the stories everyone has told him about castles and knights, and he takes the class himself.


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