The Adventures of Portland Bill
|The Adventures of Portland Bill|
|Format||Stop motion, Animation|
|Created by||John Grace, FilmFair, Granada Television|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Original channel||ITV Network|
|Original airing||4 October 1983|
The Adventures of Portland Bill is a British stop motion animated children's television series made in 1983. It was set in a fictional lighthouse on the Guillemot Rock, just off the coast from the fictional village of McGuillycuddy.
These live in the lighthouse:
The rest of the characters live elsewhere:
- Fastnet: fisherman, lives on the island
- Mrs. Lundy: owns cottage on mainland
- Grandma Tiree: makes oatcakes for the lighthousemen
- Inspector Ronaldsway: belongs to the lighthouse service, not a police officer
- Finisterre: owns a croft
- Eddy Stone: owns the village shop, has various jobs: named after Eddystone.
- Young Gail: lives in McGuillycuddy, perhaps on a farm: named after "gale"
- McGuillycuddy: a village on the mainland overlooking the lighthouse island: named after the real Macgillycuddy's Reeks in Ireland
Whilst commonly believed to be based on the real Portland Bill Lighthouse and Isle of Portland, there is no evidence to back this up beyond the main character having the name Portland Bill. In fact, with the name of the nearest village, and the proximity of a Croft owned by Finisterre the Crofter, there is evidence to suggest it is actually based in Scotland.
- The Puffin: rowboat, belongs to Portland Bill.
- The Kipper: used by Eddy Stone and Inspector Ronaldsway.
In the United States of America, the show was redubbed in 1990 by Canadian voice actor Garry Chalk (of The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie fame), and was broadcast on Disney Channel straight after The Wuzzles.
- Originated by: John Grace
- Director of Animation: Barry Leith
- Designed by: John Grace, Barry Leith
- Assistant Animators: Humphrey Leadbitter, Heather Boucher
- Model Makers: Martin Cheek, Gordon Tait, Linda Thodesen
- Music by: John Grace, Mik Parsons
- Editor: Robert Dunbar
- Assistant Editor: Andi Sloss
- Production Coordinator: Barrie Edwards
- Stories Adapted for TV by: Ian Sachs
- Executive Producer: Graham Clutterbuck
- Series 1: 13 editions from 4 October 1983 – 3 January 1984
- Series 2: 13 editions from 9 April 1986 – 25 June 1986
In the 1990s Castle Communications Plc released three videos with four episodes on each.
|VHS Name||Castle Vision Catalogue Number#||Playbox Catalogue Number#||Episodes|
|Portland Bill- 45 Minutes of Fun||CVS 4040||PVC 145||* Episode 5 –  A Jam Session/ A Visit from Inspector Ronaldsway
* Episode 6 –  The Wrong Semaphore Message/ Cromarty's Treasure Hunt
* Episode 7 –  A Weather Forcating Kit/ Dogger Saves the Day
* Episode 8 –  A Knot Tying Day/ A Wind Powered Vacumn Cleaner
|Portland Bill- Four Original Episodes||CVS 4041||PVC 146||* Episode 1–  A Slapstick Fun Painting Effort/ A Memorable Day Trip.
* Episode 2 –  Staging a Fishing Contest/ Terlling the Time by Seaweed
* Episode 3 –  A Day Off that gets Busy/A Scary Night Watch
* Episode 4 –  Cromarty Gets Hiccups/ A Surprise for Eddie Stone
|Portland Bill- Four Classic Adventures||CVS 4042||PVC 147||* Episode 9 –  The Storm That Does Chores/ A Whistling Kettle for a Runaway Bull
* Episode 10 –  Baking with the Wrong Flour/ The Causing Choas Penguin
* Episode 11 – [1/2] Valentia the Parrot
* Episode 12 –  A Merrmaid Trick/ The Oil Rig Customer.
- The Adventures of Portland Bill at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- The Adventures of Portland Bill at ClassicKidsTV.co.uk
- The Adventures of Portland Bill at the Internet Movie Database
- The Adventures of Portland Bill at Little Gems
- The Adventures of Portland Bill at Toonhound