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Murun Buchstansangur

Updated on September 11, 2014

Murun Buchstansangur - 1980s Channel 4 Cartoon About A Little Grey Man Who Lived Under A Kitchen Sink!

Murun Buchstansangur was a series of short animated films shown on TV on Channel 4 in the UK from 1984 onwards.

Murun Buchstansangur is fondly remembered by many as one of the most unusual television shows of the 80s! Featuring the daily life and associated problems of a small grey man who lived under a kitchen sink, the cartoon was notable for it's "downbeat" approach and jaunty piano based theme music.

There were 52 episodes of Murun Buchstansangur shown regularly throughout the 1980s and well into the 1990s on Channel Four.

Read on to relive those heady days of early Channel 4 experimental programming - and you can even watch some episodes of Murun Buchstansangur!

Who Is Murun Buchstansangur? - You must remember Murun Buchstansangur...small grey man...lived under a sink...

Murun Buchstansangur - a Mr Man for the Prozac generation!
Murun Buchstansangur - a Mr Man for the Prozac generation!

Murun Buchstansangur - cult classic cartoon series from the 1980s

Murun Buchstansangur was a series of 52 short animated films featuring the adventures of an oddly named, diminutive grey fellow, shaped like a potato!

Murun didn't have a body as such, he was just a big head with attached arms and legs and a mop of brown hair. He wandered around naked, his only concessions to decency being a pair of boots and a watch.

Murun Buchstansangur lived in a crack under the kitchen sink of an end-terrace house in an unspecified location somewhere that always seemed to be raining.

Murun had what are probably best described as "philosophical adventures": no action packed drama or silliness here, each episode concerned some kind of problem or dilemma that Murun would ponder - sometimes helped by his friends and relatives, of which he had many!

Murun was a melancholy sort of chap, but nevertheless he had quite a social life, drinking wine, going to parties with his equally short statured friends and even making trips out from under the kitchen sink to a multitude of human sized places including a museum, a theatre and a restaurant!

Murun was both a thinker and a do-er. Not one to let his size and resemblance to a misshapen mouldy vegetable disadvantage him, he had no shortage of female companions and managed to successfully use full size objects such a public telephone box!

Murun Buchstansangur Theme Music & Opening Titles

The theme tune to Murun Buchstansangur was a rather upbeat piano number which contrasted beautifully with Murun's somewhat morose nature!

You can watch seven complete episodes of Murun Buchstansangur further down this page - but first here's a reminder of that tinkling piano theme tune!


Each episode of Murun Buchstansinger lasted around four minutes. The series was made by Bevanfield Films and all episodes were written and narrated by Timothy Forder.

Characters In Murun Buchstansangur

Some of Murun Buchstansangur's friends and relatives - if you can remember any more, let me know via the Guestbook and I'll include them!

Murun Buchstansangur: our eponymous anti-hero. Untidy, slovenly and an obsessive-compulsive hoarder, Murun lives in squalid conditions under a kitchen sink. He hates hot weather, has problems sleeping, loves coffee and takes long walks to get away from people who try to change his world and way of thinking. A morose, introverted, under-achiever, he nevertheless has a wide and supportive circle of relatives and friends.

Murun's next door neighbour (I don't think her name was ever mentioned!): determined little curly headed blonde girl. Worries about Murun and the mess he lives in. Tries unsuccessfully to change him. Murun would like to get to know her a lot better but she's In a relationship with Nigel Clarke.

Nigel Clarke: Murun's antithesis. Flashy, good looking, open-shirted-medallion-wearing-proto-Yuppie type with a briefcase and a shiny red convertible sports car, he's everything that Murun isn't...and he's not shaped like an onion...

Rossiter: Murun's hapless cousin. Murun isn't very nice to him...

Hodgkins: motorbike riding potato shaped man who's one of Murun's many friends

Murun Buchstansangur and his next door neighbour
Murun Buchstansangur and his next door neighbour

Murun Buchstansangur Videos

Thanks to YouTube we can all once again re-live those short gaps between programmes in the early days of Channel 4 and thrill to the incredible adventures of Murun Buchstansangur!

Murun Buchstansangur starts the day with good intentions...

Murun and his neighbour go for a walk in the countryside

Murun suffers from a crisis of confidence regarding his personal appearance

Murun has lost a treasured possession and his neighbour has numerous personal problems

Murun's neighbour and her boyfriend Nigel Clarke are having relationship problems

Murun Buchstansangur battles with OCD, while Nigel Clarke has a very bad day...

Murun Buchstansangur's neighbour gives his living space a make-over, but will mopey Murun appreciate her efforts?

Is Murun Buchstansangur Available On DVD?

No, sadly episodes of Murun Buchstansangur are not commercially available as the series has never been released on video or DVD :(

Did Murun Buchstansangur rock your world?

Murun Buchstansangur - Channel 4 cartoon series about a small grey man who lived under a kitchen sink!
Murun Buchstansangur - Channel 4 cartoon series about a small grey man who lived under a kitchen sink!

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      christopherwell 5 years ago

      I'd never heard of this show before. What an odd little series!

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 6 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @indigoj: They were all on the BBC whereas Murun was on C4 and I think he was on a bit later than those others at just before 7pm initially...and the later re-runs were post 11pm. Channel 4 was all very "experimental and alternative" in those days :)

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      I'm bemused as to why I never saw Murun. I remember Mr Benn, Willo The Wisp (Kenneth Williams!) and Crystal Tipps very well though.