Sunday, 14 February 2016
First viewed : 3 March 1978
I'm very surprised to read that this was actually made in Britain, having long thought that this must have been a German import, the brainchild of some hermit living in the depths of the Black Forest. However it was created by Czech exiles which would account for its mid- European strangeness.
Ludwig is by far the weirdest series that ever filled the Magic Roundabout slot and so came into my Friday night viewing schedule. It had been first broadcast the year before but passed me by. Seeing it in the Radio Times I asked my friend Patrick what it was like and I remember him struggling for a description.
Ludwig was a sort of alien machine disguised as a gemstone who lived in the woods entertaining the animals with the music of Beethoven whether they wanted it or not and generally interfering in their daily existence with his retractable mechanical limbs. His activities were observed by a man in a deerstalker hat, uttering the annoying catchphrase "Aah Ludwig! " at regular intervals and giving a narration which consisted of telling you what you'd just seen for yourself. Perhaps he was Evan Davies in disguise ?
I didn't know what to make of it; was it trying to get toddlers into classical music ? It just seemed completely off the wall. There were 25 5 minute episodes in total.