Cockleshell Bay

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Cockleshell Bay
Genre Stop motion, Animation
Created by Cosgrove Hall
Starring Brian Trueman
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Original language(s) English, Finnish, Swedish, Hebrew, Hungarian, French, and Spanish
No. of episodes 104
Production
Executive producer(s) John Hambley
Producer(s) Brian Cosgrove, Mark Hall
Running time 10 mins
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Original run 6 May 1980 – 1 July 1986

Cockleshell Bay is a children's television series which was shown at lunchtime on ITV during the early 1980s. It was made by Cosgrove Hall for their parent company, the ITV broadcaster Thames Television. Other children's programmes in the same ITV time slot on the remaining four weekdays included Let's Pretend, Jamie and the Magic Torch, and Rainbow - the latter in which Cockleshell Bay began as a regular story feature (reflected in the rainbow design of Cockleshell Bays logo).

Twins Robin and Rosie Cockle were the main characters. They lived at the Bucket and Spade guest house run by their parents Helen and Christopher. Gran Routy (no relation but she was known as gran due to her large number of grandchildren) helped out at the house. Robin and Rosie's friends included Mr. Ship (Ezikiel Shipham), Mr. (Paddy) Fingal and his donkey Fury (whom Mr. Ship looked after), and Ben Gunn the "pirate seagull". In the later series Robin and Rosie had a baby sister called Holly.

Transmission Guide[edit]

  • Series 1: 13 editions from 6 May 1980 - 29 July 1980
  • Series 2: 13 editions from 24 March 1981 - 16 June 1981
  • Series 3: 13 editions from 28 September 1981 - 21 December 1981
  • Series 4: 13 editions from 29 March 1982 - 21 June 1982
  • Series 5: 13 editions from 3 January 1983 - 5 April 1983
  • Series 6: 13 editions from 10 January 1984 - 3 April 1984
  • Series 7: 13 editions from 16 April 1985 - 9 July 1985
  • Series 8: 13 editions from 8 April 1986 - 1 July 1986

Credits[edit]

Writer and Narrator 
Brian Trueman
Music 
David Rohl, Stuart J. Wolstenholme
Animation 
Andrea Lord, Steve Moss
Puppet Design 
Bridget Appleby
Illustrations 
Josie Yee & Ivor Wood
Sets & Props 
Chris Walker
Puppet Construction 
Peter Saunders
Camera 
Jim Noble, Jane Hilcks
Film Editor 
John McManus
Executive Producer 
John Hambley
Director 
Jackie Cockle
Producers 
Mark Hall, Brian Cosgrove
Cosgrove/Hall Productions Ltd


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