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Ten Things You Never Knew About The Wombles Comments Off on Ten Things You Never Knew About The Wombles

Posted on February 02, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball



10 things you never knew about the wombles

On February 5th, 1973, the Wombles… er… wombled onto our screens for the very first time. The original Wombles we mean; none of that 1990s remake malarkey! We love the Wombles and everything about them. Their fabulous stop motion TV show, their albums (yes, really), dressing up as them (obviously). The only thing we don’t like about them is that there were only two seasons made. Yes, really – only two seasons of such an amazing children’s show! We find it hard to believe too.

In celebration of the Wombles’ 42nd birthday, here are ten things you never knew about them.

1. The Wombles’ TV series began after the first Wombles book was featured on the BBC programme Jackanory. They liked it so much, they commissioned a 30-episode series!

2. All of the characters were voiced by legendary children’s TV stalwart Bernard Cribbins – even Madame Cholet!

3. The Wombles released no fewer than four albums: Wombling Songs in 1973, Remember You’re a Womble in 1974, Keep on Wombling, also in 1974, and Superwombling in 1975. All four albums went gold, and four of the singles reached the Top 10. They appeared on Top of the Pops several times, and were the most successful act of 1974, with their albums in the chart for more weeks than any other act.

4. The Wombles books were written by Elizabeth Beresford. Their name came from Beresford’s daughter, who mis-pronounced Wimbledon when Beresford took her children to Wimbledon Common for a walk.

5. The Womble characters were all based on members of Beresford’s family. Great Uncle Bulgaria was her father-in-law Orinoco was her son. Madame Cholet was her mother; Beresford herself was born in Paris.

6. Beresford wrote more than 20 Wombles books, which were translated into more than 40 languages.

7. There was a Wombles stage show which ran in the West End!

8. Wombles are burrowing animals and live underground. They have retractable claws but rarely use them as their burrows on Wimbledon Common are long established.

9. In the original Wombles books, they were depicted as bear-like characters, between 4 and 5 feet tall.  In the TV show though, they were portrayed as being knee-high to humans with more pointy noses

10. Wombles are herbivores and are particularly fond of mushrooms. Womble delicacies include grassbread sandwiches, daisy buns, acorn juice and fir-cone souffle.

Remember some 80s & 90s classic TV icons Comments Off on Remember some 80s & 90s classic TV icons

Posted on January 11, 2013 by admin

Confession time: hands up who watched the recent ‘Old Skool’ weekend on the CITV channel?

Classic children’s TV shows from the 1980s and 90s like Knightmare and Fun House returned to our screens once more on a nostalgia marathon that proved to be a top trip down memory lane for those of us who grew up in that era.

Reliving some of the programmes whisked viewers back to a care-free time of rushing home after another lame day at school to tune in to see Neil Buchanan make something amazing out of bits of old junk on Art Attack and Super Gran keeping the mean streets of Tynemouth safe.

The 80s and 90s was also a time when the following classic fancy dress icons enjoyed plenty of success:

Zippy from Rainbow

Probably the most famous character from Rainbow was Zippy with his infectious laugh and general shenanigans. Anybody got any idea what kind of animal Zippy was? No, neither do we. Anyway, here’s a Rainbow episode from back in the day.

Scooby Doo

The canine crime fighter first appeared on our screens in the late 1960s, but anyone who was a kid in the 80s will fondly remember watching Scooby Doo, Fred, Velma, Daphne and the rest of the gang investigating all sorts of weird and wonderful goings on. Watch the theme tune here and try not to sing along – it’s impossible.

Spotty from Superted

Superted’s trusty sidekick Spotty, who was voiced by former Dr Who star John Pertwee, was always on hand to foil Texas Pete and Skeleton  in their attempts to get up to no good. Hurrah for Spotty and Superted!

Sonic The Hedgehog

Everyone at some time in their lives must have owned or at least played a Sonic The Hedgehog console game and it was also a popular cartoon. “Too fast for the naked eye” went the theme tune and he is still blazing a trail to this day.

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