Other performers included Jack Train, a master of voices; Deryck Guyler and Hattie Jacques, who played Sophie Tuckshop, the earliest of Jacques' roles dependent upon her physical size. The programme featured dozens of other characters, such as Mrs. Mopp, and Colonel Chinstrap. The speed at which the performances were delivered is still considered remarkable, even given later technical developments.
Some years later, Train reprised the role of Colonel Chinstrap for a couple of guest appearances on The Goon Show including the episode "Shifting Sands".
ITMA ran for over 300 episodes between 1939 and 1949. When Handley died, announced immediately after the usual second repeat, it was cancelled because he was considered irreplaceable as its star.
Mrs. Mopp is referenced in The Kinks song "The Village Green Preservation Society" from their 1968 album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society.
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