Ludwig was a surreal kids cartoon shown on the coveted pre-evening news weekday slot on BBC TV. First appearing on our screens in 1977, Ludwig was a unspeaking egg-shaped mechanical alien that played classical music. He had a particular passion for the music of Ludwig Van Beethoven, hence the name. Ludwig lived and played with a variety of the woodland creatures, all watched over by a mysterious birdwatcher. In some kind of alien experiment, Ludwig would mischievously create strange situations for the woodland creatures to figure out. Ultimately sorting out the situation he had caused himself.
The series was produced by father and son team, Mirek and Peter Lang. Mirek Lang had worked on Czech Television before coming to the UK in 1968. They produced the show in their London home. As Peter said, "The series was shot on 16mm film, on a wind up Bolex camera in a spare bedroom in our flat..."