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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.

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