Tots TV

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Tots TV
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Tilly, Tom and Tiny outside their secret house.
Developed by Ragdoll Productions
Starring Claire Carre
Veronique Deroulede
Alexandra Hogg
Andrew Davenport
Robin Stevens
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English, French, Spanish
No. of episodes 276[1]
Production
Running time 10-25 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ITV, BBC
Original run 3 January 1993 (1993-01-03) – 27 April 1998 (1998-04-27)

Tots TV is a British children's television programme, produced by Ragdoll Productions and Central.

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 puppeteers, Robin Stevens (Tom) and Andrew Davenport (Tiny). Tilly was 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, picked up the series from 2004.[1]

The Series was also broadcast in the United States on the PBS network from 1996 with Tilly speaking Spanish, instead of French.[2] In 2000 Discovery Kids broadcast the series throughout Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Falkland Islands.[3]

Episodes of the series were released on VHS by Carlton Video.

Specials

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.

VHS

  • Elephant and other stories

(Elephant, Horse, Baby Party)

  • Bike Ride and other stories

(Peacock, Bikeride, Dog)

  • The Funny Noises Band and other stories

(Mountain Climbing, The Funny Noises Band, Tiny's Storybook (Little Red Car), Fluffy Little Chicks, Dressing Up, Bubbles)

  • Apple Picking and other stories

(Apple Picking, Kittens, Playground)

  • Out to Sea and other stories

(Splashing in the Pool, Hippo in the Garden, Colours, Out to Sea, Tiny's Storybook, Bananas, Parcels)

  • Sticky Disasters and other stories

(Sticky Disasters, A Watery Surprise, Trouble in the Bathroom, Washing the Car, Blowing Bubbles, Big Banana Tom)

  • Lost Teddy and other stories

(Lost Teddy, Lost Button, The Vegetable Nibbler, A Very Clever Monkey, The Disappearing Trousers, Cable Car, Where is That Phone?)

  • Peacock and other stories

(Peacock, Rabbit, Bus Ride)

  • Roller Skating and other stories

(Roller-Skating, Snail, Wiggly Worms)

  • Magical Secrets and other stories

(Episodes Unknown)

  • Hedgehog and other stories

(Hedgehog, Owl, Dentist)

  • Donkey Ride and other stories

(Donkey Ride, At the Airport, Tiny's Storybook, Undersea Adventure, It's Only Thunder, Safety on the Beach, Fun on the Beach, Donkey Cake, Watering the Garden, Ants, Naughty Little Fly, Melon Cheese, Rainy Day, Koala)

  • Wiggly Worm and other stories

(How Does Your Garden Grow, Wiggly Worms, Cleaning Windows)

  • Camel and other stories

(Episodes Unknown)

  • Owl and other stories

(Bike Ride, Owl, Donkey Ride)

  • Windy Day and other stories

(Penguin, Windy Day, The Hungary Nanny Goat)

  • Dog and other stories

(Woodlouse, Car, Dog)

  • Secret Magic Parcels and other stories

(The Secret Magic Parcels, Fishes, A Noisy Surprise, Tom's Storybook, Looking in the Mirror, Feeding the Calves)

  • Fluffy Little Chicks and other stories

(Fluffy Little Chicks, It's a Cockerel, Milking a Cow, Raspberry Picking, Tom's Storybook, A Pool for the Ducks)

  • Super Tiny and other stories

(Super Tiny, Laundrette, King of the Castle, Tom's Storybook, Naughty Mysterious Person, Iguana)

  • Flying High and other stories

(Flying High, Tom's Storybook, The Village Band, Sticky Surprise, Tilly's Storybook, Sea Lions, Three Little Pigs, Doctor, Tiny's Storybook, A Special Party Cake)

  • A Painting Surprise and other stories

(Lost In the Supermarket, Tilly's Storybook, Tiny Leaves Home, The Naughty Little Pig, A Sticky Mess, A Painting Surprise)

  • The Runaway Horse and other stories

(The Runaway Horse, Tiny's Storybook, A Doughy Squeezy Surprise, Sausage Surprise, A Rainy Day, Sandcastles)

  • The Lighthouse and other stories

(The Lighthouse, Party Time, Tom's Storybook, Blowing Games, Song Window, Flamingoes)

  • Hopping Day and other stories

(Sheep, Boing Boing, Tilly's Storybook, All Fall Down, Naughty Old Ball, Hopping Day)

  • Birthday Surprise and other stories

(Birthday Surprise, Dress, Peacock)

  • Cuddly Bunnies and other stories

(Cuddly Bunnies, Splish Splash Splosh, New Shoes, Spring Cleaning, Chinchilla, Smart Day, Flower Friend)

  • Giraffe and other stories

(Episodes Unknown)

  • Naughty Puppies and other stories

(The Naughty Puppies, Tom's Storybook, Accidents Will Happen, The Dirty Old Boat, Watering the Garden, A Watery Surprise)

  • Hamster and other stories

(The Happy Hamster, Squashed Donkey, Guide Dog, Animal Concert, The Funny Furry Otter, A Cat Called Brian, Zebras)

  • Penguins and other stories

(Penguin, Windy Day, The Hungry Nanny Goat, How Does Your Garden Grow, Wiggly Worms, Cleaning Windows)

  • Wobbly Jellies and other stories

(Wobbly Jellies, Feeding the Ducks, Tom's Fast Food Takeaway, A Special Cake, Tom's Storybook, Baking Bread, Hippo)

  • Kittens and other stories

(Episodes Unknown)

  • Dentist and other stories

(Dentist, Owl, Rockpool)

  • Camping and other stories

(Camping, Painting, Lovely Old Toad, The Big Wheel, Tom's Storybook, Balancing Surprise, Donkey Goes Missing, Paper Boats)

  • At the Beach and other stories

(At the Beach, Trains, Rockpool, Owl, Dentist, Hedgehog)

  • Boing Boing and other stories

(Boing Boing, Lemur, Jumping Up and Down, Hopping Day)

  • Naughty Little Pigs and other stories

(Naughty Little Pigs, Sheep, Feeding the Calves, Three Little Pigs)

  • Tiny Leaves Home and other stories

(Tiny Leaves Home, Lost in the Supermarket, Dressing Up)

  • Mountain Climbing and other stories

(Mountain Climbing, Tom's Storybook, Out to Sea)

  • Fox and other stories

(Fox, Roller-Skating, Camel, Giraffe, Snail, Woodlouse)

  • Bubbles and other stories

(Episodes Unknown)

  • Fishes and other stories

(Episodes Unknown)

  • Sing Song Adventures

(Furry Beat, Tom's Trumpet, Disco Machine, Grand Old Duke of York, Tom Sings La La La, Old McTom, Tilly's Flute)

  • Snowy Adventure

(60 Minute Special)

  • Bedtime Stories

(Bedtime Stories, Bath, Far Away Star, Street Lamps, Night Time Teddy Adventure, Fun with Shadows, Time for Bed)

  • Summer Holiday Adventures

(Afternoon Adventure, Watching the Dolphins, Building a Playhouse, The Loch Ness Monster, Jumping Kangaroos, King of the Castle, Little Boats Big Boats)

  • Seaside Holiday Fun

(At the Beach, Donkey Ride, Rockpool)

  • Zoo Animals

(Camel, Elephant, Giraffe)

  • Furry Friends

(Episodes Unknown)

DVD

  • Birthday Surprise and other stories - (3 Episodes)
  • Naughty Little Puppies and other stories - (6 Episodes)
  • Snowy Adventure - (60 Minute Special + 2 Bonus Episodes)

Special Releases

In 1997, four special VHS tapes were released which where released under the name Tots Video. The four titles were re-released by Carlton Video in 2000 with the same titles. The four titles were;

  • Tilly, Tom and Tiny's Animal Adventures
  • Tilly, Tom and Tiny's A,B,C
  • Tilly, Tom and Tiny's Fun with French
  • Tilly, Tom and Tiny's 1,2,3

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