Radiohead have “tarnished the brand” of Trumpton, says creator’s son-in-law

The band's "Burn The Witch" video was seemingly inspired by Gordon Murray's Trumptonshire trilogy

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Radiohead have “tarnished the brand” of Trumptonshire with their “Burn The Witch” video, according to the son-in-law of creator Gordon Murray.

The band’s video for the song, their first release from album A Moon Shaped Pool, featured stop-motion animation and settings seemingly inspired by Murray’s television trilogy, Trumpton, Chigley and Camberwick Green.

Speaking to The Mail On Sunday, William Mollett, Murray’s son-in-law, stated that they consider the video to be a breach of copyright: “Radiohead should have sought our consent as we consider this a tarnishing of the brand. It is not something we would have authorised. We consider that there is a breach of copyright and we are deciding what to do next.”


In the video, directed by Chris Hopewell, an outsider is shown around a small village, before being placed inside a giant effigy, a la 1973 film The Wicker Man, and burned. However, an epilogue shows him unharmed and escaping.

Mollett explained that he would not be showing Murray the video, saying: “Gordon would be appalled.”

A Moon Shaped Pool reached Number One on the UK albums chart on Friday (May 13), as well as in Ireland and Norway, Number Two in Australia and New Zealand, Number Three in the US, Holland, Sweden and Finland, Number Four in Italy, and Number Six in France.

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