The Woofits

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The Woofits' Day Out
Author Michael Parkinson
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series The Woofits
Genre Juvenile fiction
Published London: Collins, 1980
Pages 48
ISBN 9780001235267[1]
OCLC 16498491
Followed by The Woofits Play Cricket
The Woofits Play Cricket
Author Michael Parkinson
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series The Woofits
Genre Juvenile fiction
Published London: Collins, 1980
Pages 48
ISBN 9780001235274[2]
OCLC 16498494
Preceded by The Woofits' Day Out
Followed by The Woofits Play Football
The Woofits Play Football
Author Michael Parkinson
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series The Woofits
Genre Juvenile fiction
Published London: Collins, 1980
Pages 48
ISBN 9780001235281[3]
OCLC 16498497
Preceded by The Woofits Play Cricket
Followed by The 'Daily Woofit'
The 'Daily Woofit'
Author Michael Parkinson
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series The Woofits
Genre Juvenile fiction
Published London: Collins, 1980
Pages 48
ISBN 9780001235298[4]
OCLC 16498488
Preceded by The Woofits Play Football

The Woofits is a series of children's books written in the 1980s by the British television and radio personality Michael Parkinson, best known for his TV chat shows.

The stories featured the Woofits a family of anthropomorphic dog-like creatures who lived in the fictional Yorkshire coal mining village of Grimeworth (based on the real life Cudworth where Parkinson was born and nearby village of Grimethorpe).

Books[edit]

The four original books published in 1980 by Collins of London were

  • The Woofits Day Out
  • The Woofits Play Cricket
  • The Woofits Play Football
  • The Daily Woofit

In addition there were Woofit Annuals for the years 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983.

In some of the annuals the setting for the stories was moved from Grimeworth to Batley in West Yorkshire where the Woofits worked at a woollen mill and were of Scottish origin.

Television[edit]

In 1981 Yorkshire Television made two series of Woofits cartoons to be shown on ITV's lunchtime slot for young children based on the original stories and new stories with Michael Parkinson narrating them.

  • Series 1: 6 episodes - 30 April 1981 - 4 June 1981
  • Series 2: 12 episodes -11 February 1982 - 29 April 1982

Characters[edit]

The main members of the Woofit family lived in 3 terraced houses along Grimeworth Street, Grimeworth these were -

Number 8

  • Grandpa Ironside and Grandma Emily, the heads of the family

Number 10

Number 12

  • John Willy Woofit, son of Ironside and coal miner and played the trombone in the brass band
  • Lavina, wife of John Willy
  • Elton, son of Lavinia and John Willy, dreamed of being a pop star.
  • Angela, sister of Elton who had ambitions to be a TV newsreader
  • Elton's pet dog Gershwin

Other characters included Baskerville Woofit (editor of the Daily Woofit), Cluff Woofit (manager of the local football team) and local policeman Sargeant Cox.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parkinson, Michael. "The Woofits' Day Out". OCLC Worldcat. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Woofits Play Cricket". OCLC Worldcat. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Woofits Play Football". OCLC Worldcat. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "The 'Daily Woofit'". OCLC Worldcat. Retrieved 3 April 2014.