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Tilly, Tom and Tiny outside their secret house.
|Format||Children's television series|
|Developed by||Ragdoll Productions|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Original language(s)||English, French, Spanish|
|No. of episodes||276|
|Running time||10-25 minutes|
|Original run||3 January 1993– 27 April 1998|
The programme featured three ragdoll friends: Tilly, a French girl, with red hair, who speaks in basic French (changed to Spanish in US broadcasts and English in French broadcasts)), Tom, a blue haired boy with glasses, and Tiny, the youngest Tot, who is smaller than the others and has green hair.
Tots TV was written by two of its puppeters - Robin Stevens (Tom) and Andrew Davenport (Tiny) with Tilly played by three actresses - initially Veronique Deroulede, then Claire Carre and Alexandra Hogg. The series won two BAFTA awards for its producer Anne Wood and director Vic Finch. Originally broadcast in the UK on the ITV network (as part of CITV), CBeebies, the BBC's television channel for young children,pick up the series from 2004.
The Series was also broadcast in the United States on the PBS network from 1996 with 'Tilly speaking Spanish, instead of French. In 2000 Discovery Kids broadcast the series throughout Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Falkland Islands.
A number of special episodes of the series were produced for both television and VHS release, including a short series of episodes set in the United States of America, a 'Big Treasure Adventure' set on a pirate ship and several Christmas specials, including one filmed in Rovaniemi, Finland.
A series of educational Tots Video specials released by VCI in 1997 (later re-released by Carlton in 2000) included hour-long episodes based on the alphabet, numbers, animals and basic French.
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- 21 July, 2000 (2000-07-21). "Ragdoll has licensed Tots TV to Discovery Kids for broadcast through Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Falkland Islands, writes Georgina Lipscomb. The Itsy Bity Entertainment Company, R | News | Broadcast". Broadcastnow.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-20.