Postman Pat's ABC
Air Date October 10th, 1990.
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This article is about the home video release. For the book, see Postman Pat's ABC Story.

Postman Pat's ABC Story is the first of two educational specials that aired on October 10th, 1990.


Pat helps Tom Pottage learn his letters by making him a red ABC notebook.

Words in the ABC BookEdit

  • A:
    • Ant
    • Add
    • Apple
    • Apricot
  • B:
    • Bike
    • Butter
    • Big Bad Bee
  • C:
    • Cat
    • Cream
    • Cake
    • Cod
  • D:
    • Dog
    • Dish
    • Donkey
  • E:
    • Egg
  • F:
    • Frog
    • Fish-fingers
    • Flan
    • Foil
  • G:
    • Goose
    • Gun (1990 VHS Only)
    • Granny
    • Glove
    • Gum-Drop
  • H:
    • Hat
    • Hen
  • I:
    • Ice Cream
  • J:
    • Jack
    • Jam
    • Jelly
    • "Just the Job"
  • K:
    • Kipper
    • Kettle
  • L:
    • Lark
    • Ladder
  • M:
    • Melon
    • Mouse
  • N:
    • Nutty Nougat
  • O:
    • Organ
    • Orange
  • P:
    • Pie
    • Peas
    • Potatoes
    • Pancakes
  • Q:
    • Queen
  • R:
    • Rainbow
  • S:
    • Sausages
    • Sweetcorn
  • T:
    • Tractor
    • Tom
  • U:
    • Umbrella
  • V:
    • Vase
  • W:
    • Watch
  • X:
    • Xylophone
  • Y:
    • Yellow
  • Z:
    • ZOO


  • Pat
  • Jess
  • Ted Glen
  • Mrs. Pottage
  • Katy and Tom Pottage
  • Granny Dryden
  • Peter Fogg
  • Alf Thompson (does not speak)
  • Dorothy Thompson (does not speak)
  • The Reverend Timms (does not speak)
  • Lucy Selby (does not speak)
  • Miss Hubbard (does not speak)
  • Sam Waldren (does not speak)
  • The School Teacher (mentioned)
  • Mr Pottage (mentioned)


  • PAT 1
  • SAM 1
  • The Yellow Tractor
  • Miss Hubbard's bicycle


  • Post Office
  • Greendale Farm
  • Greendale School
  • The Church

Differences in the book and TV versionEdit

  • The ant was on Pat's hand in the book and in a small tin in the TV version.
  • Tom writes 'b is for butter' in the book at tea in the book and at breakfast in the TV version.
  • Tom has an egg for tea in the book and at breakfast in the TV version.
  • During the ladder scene, in the book Pat rescues Jess from the tree, while in the TV version he has to recover his keys from the tree.
  • Melon and mouse are switched around in the TV version.
  • During the 't' section Pat's van breaks down in the book, while in the TV version it gets stuck in the mud.
  • The sale during the 'v' section is at school in the book, while it is at the village hall in the TV version.
  • Tom plays the xylophone on Thursday in the book, but on Friday in the TV version.
  • Pat, Katie and Tom go to zoo on Saturday in the TV version, but on Friday in the book version the zoo happens as the school trip.


  • This special was based on a Postman Pat Beginners book written by John Cunliffe and published by Andre Deutsch in 1986 (which also came with a story audio cassette read by Ken Barrie).
  • A new version of the theme music was made for this special.
  • The scenes of Pat climbing the tree to get his keys and the post van getting stuck in the mud in are based on the stop motion scenes from the episodes Postman Pat and The Magpie Hen and The Sheep In The Clover Field.
  • In the original 1990 version, there is a scene where Tom puts his Dad's gun in his ABC. This was removed from the later version, due to complaints from parents.
  • This special includes the music from Series 1 and the instrumentals of the songs Miss Rebecca HubbardThe Handyman and Jess The Cat.
  • This is the only episode to feature Alf Thompson's dog.
  • This is the first Postman Pat episode to made in 2D animation.
  • This is the first episode where the characters have eyebrows.
  • This episode marks the first time the characters move their lips.
  • This is the only Postman Pat episode where a gun is seen. Although the gun is only present in the original 1990 version.
  • This is the only Postman Pat episode to have two versions. The later one has new sound effects added in and the dialogue and music has been changed around.
  • The scene where Pat waits for Peter to tow him out of the mud is different compared to the original stop motion scene. Pat is stood in front of his van, instead of sitting on the wall and Jess is inside the van. Also, the tractor comes alongside the van instead of in the opposite direction. The tractor also continues to pull the van along instead of Peter getting off the tractor and taking the tow rope off as in the original scene. The Royal Mail logo is also seen on the side of the van, where as in the original episode, the crown logo was used, as the show did not have permission to use the Royal Mail logo at the time and Tom is seen on screen where as he wasn't in the original stop motion episode.
  • In the original version during the second scene in the church, two tunes seem to be played at once on the organ. This is fixed in the later version with just the instrumental to the Farmer's song being used.
  • Two music pieces from Charlie Chalk are used in this special, first in the scene where the rainbow appears and at the end when the giraffe appears and Katie says "Y is for yellow, on the giraffes neck."
  • At the bring and buy sale in the later version, a woman can be heard shrieking.


  • Cats do not even eat cake.
  • Lions and tigers could not be kept together in the same exhibit in a zoo.
  • In the scene where Peter is towing Pat's van, when Pat says "Off we go, Jess." his lips do not move.