Postman Pat and the Big Balloon Ride
Air Date 27th February 2005
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Postman Pat and the Big Balloon Ride is the first episode of Postman Pat Season 4. It was written by Gillian Corderoy.


P.C. Selby is searching for a stray dog and Pat and Ted are giving Mrs. Goggins a surprise balloon ride.



  • PAT 1
  • Ted's Hot Air Balloon


  • Greendale
  • Pat's House
  • Post Office
  • The Green
  • Greendale Primary School
  • Ted's Mill
  • Ted's Workshop
  • The Church
  • River Penn
  • Thompson Ground (mentioned)
  • Greendale Farm (mentioned)
  • Pencaster (mentioned)
  • Pencaster Lost Dogs' Home (mentioned)


  • Ken Barrie as Pat, Ted, P.C. Selby and Mr. Pringle
  • Melissa Sinden as Jess and Bonnie
  • Janet James as Julian and Lucy
  • Carole Boyd as Mrs. Goggins, Sarah and Charlie
  • Kulvinder Ghir as Bill and Tom
  • Archie Panjabi as Katy and Meera


  • This episode introduces Bonnie to the series.
  • This is the first time we see Ted's Mill.
  • The blankets of snow are actually cotton wool.
  • This is Owen Ballhatchet's first episode as the producer.


  • BBC iPlayer labels this episode as "Postman Pat and the Big Red Balloon" even though the hot air balloon is actually red and yellow striped with a blue patch in one spot.
  • In the classroom scene, the children say "Yes, Mr. Pringle." without moving their lips.
  • When Pat tells Mrs. Goggins he has a surprise for her, a light suddenly disappears from the reflection on the Post Office window.
  • The green screen effect can be seen reflecting off Pat and Mrs. Goggins whey they are flying up in the balloon.
  • As the balloon starts to decend, some of the children have different voices.
  • Bonnie surely should not have collar if she is a stray before Mrs. Goggins adopts her.