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Victor and Hugo: Bunglers in Crime
Also known as Bunglers in Crime
Created by Brian Cosgrove
Mark Hall
Directed by Brian Cosgrove
Starring David Jason
Jimmy Hibbert
Brian Trueman
Edward Kelsey (2 episodes, 1992)
Composer(s) Dave Roylance
Bob Galvin
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 30
Production
Executive producer(s) John Hambley
Producer(s) Brian Cosgrove
Mark Hall
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Cosgrove Hall Productions for
Thames Television
Distributor FremantleMedia
Broadcast
Original channel ITV Network (Children's ITV)
7TWO (Australian repeats)
Picture format 4:3
Original run 6 September 1991 (1991-09-06) – 29 December 1992 (1992-12-29)
Chronology
Preceded by Count Duckula
Followed by Avenger Penguins

Victor and Hugo: Bunglers in Crime (commonly referred to as just Bunglers in Crime) is a British animated series made by Cosgrove Hall Productions for Thames Television and screened on Children's ITV from 6 September 1991 to 29 December 1992, and was based on the five-time villains of Gaston and Pierre from from Count Duckula; it was the company's second co-production with Carlos Alfonso Studios of Spain after the aforementioned Count Duckula, and also their last cell-animated project before the collapse of Thames Television at the end of 1992. It was also the last show to feature the voice of David Jason, and featured guest appearances from many other Cosgrove Hall characters, including Danger Mouse, Count Duckula, and Soames and Potson - but despite heavy demand from fans, only the first episode, "Panda-Monium", has been released on DVD as part of a compilation. This can be owed to the fact that the show was made at a time when Children's ITV were phasing out their animations, in favour of more live-action shows, and none of the thirty episodes were ever screened more than once in the United Kingdom due to Thames' loss of franchise; [1] however, for a brief period in early 2010, it was repeated on the Australian TV network 7TWO (only with commercial breaks).

The series centred on the exploits of two bumbling French criminals, the eponymous brothers of the title; despite referencing the French author Victor Hugo (who died more than 100 years before they were even thought of) in their names, both brothers were unintelligent. The plot of every episode focused on Victor, Hugo, Interpol (their parrot), and their English-based business "Naughtiness International" getting hired by criminal figures to steal something - and Victor would come up with a "meticulous plan" to achieve this goal, which was routinely botched by Hugo. Most episodes usually ended with the brothers imprisoned (but others, including the first and last, did not).

Recurring characters[edit]

Victor (KPV-46690)[edit]

The taller of the brothers, Victor was also clearly the leader for Naughtiness International; his two most striking characteristics were his fedora hat, and his manicured moustache (the latter enabling him to appear suave). He also wore a pair of white gloves, which were given to him for his birthday by Interpol (as referenced in the tenth episode "Scout's Dishonour", which was also the first episode he was seen without them) - and his English was significantly better than Hugo's, although he was continuously at risk of spoonerisms. Despite his constant raging at Hugo, Victor did show more than once that he secretly cared deeply about his brother, like in the ninth episode, "Dummy Run" (when he thought that Hugo had been frozen to death); he was voiced by Jimmy Hibbert, who had previously voiced several guest characters for The Wind in the Willows (including Mr. Toad's villainous double, Isambard, in A Tale of Two Toads), Queen Edith in Alias the Jester, Doctor Von Goosewing and Gaston in Count Duckula, and Doctor Aloysius J. (who was later renamed to "Augustus P.") Crumhorn in Danger Mouse (he also voiced the Bigfoot in "Bigfoot Falls" and the Mark 3's computer in "Pillow Fright", as well as the first of the Australian-accented snooker-playing aliens in "The Intergalactic 147").

Hugo (RNT-77853)[edit]

Victor's younger brother, Hugo always wore a beret and actually looked like a burglar (right down to his ever-present eye-mask); he was always subservient to "My Victor", and was often the butt of slapstick comedy. While his intelligence (and English skills) were notably inferior to those of Victor, Hugo was often able to make sense of his brother's spoonerisms - and he would often describe their chosen profession as "criminiminals". Despite that notable handicap of a lack of ability, he also always had the job of driving the van (which was yellow); Hugo's voice, like that of Pierre from Count Duckula, bore a striking resemblance to the Goon Show character Bluebottle, and the two characters often made similar exclamations. He was voiced by David Jason, who previously voiced Danger Mouse for Danger Mouse, Mr. Toad for The Wind in the Willows, and Count Duckula and Pierre for Count Duckula.

Interpol the Parrot[edit]

A cynical East End Multicolour (which is a very rare breed of parrot), Interpol lived in Victor and Hugo's van, and provided a voice of reason in rapid-fire Cockney English; it is not saying very much to comment that Interpol was by far the most intelligent member of the group. Aside from residing in the van constantly, Interpol was also able to function as a telephone - he would ring when sat on his perch, and his beak was put to the person's ear. Victor also used him to dial out by pressing his talons like a keypad; in one episode, Hugo used him as a makeshift pair of scissors. Interpol was also voiced by David Jason, but in the eighteenth episode, "Treasure Haunt" (which guest-stars Count Duckula and his two long-suffering servants, Igor and Nanny), he (like Igor) was not actually given any lines.

Lord and Lady Hobbes-Sutclyffe, Piers Flimsy and Ponsward the Butler[edit]

The token "English country family" from whom the brothers were hired to burgle on three occasions (episodes 8, 18, and 27), the Hobbes-Sutclyffes lived at Hobbes-Sutclyffe Hall (as the name implies), where Lord Hobbes-Suttclyffe (voiced by David Jason) kept his elephant gun and his wife (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert) hosted dinner parties; their butler Ponsward (voiced by Brian Trueman) was the brains of the household, while their stuck-up nephew, Piers Flimsy (also voiced by Brian Trueman) fancied himself as something of a detective, in the manner of Lord Peter Wimsey. In the eighteenth episode, "Treasure Haunt", another, possibly deceased member of the Hobbes-Sutclyffe family, Sir Pelham, is mentioned while Victor is berating Hugo for "selling" the Hall to Nanny (from Count Duckula) in exchange for it, when he was about to "sell" it to a rich American dog tourist for $500,000 (initially referring to the map as "an old bit of rag").

The Wretched Dog[edit]

A small dog played a very important role in most episodes; at various points, often when the plot appeared to be flagging, the dog would run up one of Victor's trouser legs, remove his boxer shorts and run off with them down his other leg. This running gag also appeared at the end of most episodes (prefaced by the statement by a glum Victor that "At least in here, nothing else can possibly go wrong!") - and Hugo particularly enjoyed the dog's appearances, often muttering "good doggie!". In production material from the now-demolished Cosgrove Hall studio, the dog's name is given as Baskerville (as in the Sherlock Holmes tale The Hound of the Baskervilles), although, he was never referred to as such on screen; one episode that he is known never to appear in is the eighth one, "The Case of the Vose Vase".

Penelope the Earwig[edit]

Penelope was Hugo's pet earwig who lived in a matchbox, Hugo would always affectionally refer to her as "My Penelope"; Penelope did not actually speak, instead communicating by squeaking (by Jimmy Hibbert), and rarely came out of her matchbox. On the rare occasions where she did come out, she looked like a small grey insect with blonde hair and a dress - and Interpol did not like her at all, but she felt the same way about him (as evidenced in the twelfth episode "Private Ears", when Interpol said "Gawd, now 'e's talkin' to an earwig!").

Monsieur Meccaneaux[edit]

Despite his French name, M. Meccaneaux was a working-class accented English rat who was frequently called by the brothers to repair the van (generally after Hugo's bad driving had caused an accident), and on occasion, to provide other forms of technical expertise such as the building of the Concrete Destruction Ray (known by Victor as the "Discreet Correction Ray"), in the twenty-fourth episode, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Dolt". M. Meccaneaux was almost unintelligible due mainly to his habit of interrupting his own trains of thought as he went along and punctuating certain observations with laughter - and, on one occasion, Hugo politely asked Victor what he had just said, only to be met with the response "He say...he say...I am not sure what he say.". He would also show up very quickly at the scene of the accident, once requested over the radio by Victor (with the line "Send for M. Meccaneaux!"); he was, once again, voiced by David Jason.

The plot[edit]

The opening crime[edit]

Most episodes (one notable exception being the twenty-ninth one, "But Me no Butlers"), started with the brothers on the run from having committed another crime; these are usually heard reported via radio (or TV) news report. However, as the opening dialogue continued, it always became apparent that Hugo had done precisely the wrong thing - for example, that fourth episode, "Cowboys and Indiscipline", has Victor asking Hugo about how he thought they went in robbing "The Duke of Battersea's Home". Hugo's response is "The Duke of Battersea, he is having a lot of doggies, yes?", to which Victor corrects him, "The Duke of Battersea, he is having a lot of doggies, no! That was the Battersea Dogs Home!"; similarly, the nineteenth episode, "Tempers Fugit", begins with a news broadcast (by Damson Panhandler, from two episodes of Danger Mouse) about the theft of the Christmas lights from Piccadilly Circus. Over the report, the viewers hear Victor telling Hugo that, "I said 'Pull up the van at the lights in Piccadilly Circus.', not 'Pull down the lights in Piccadilly Circus and put them in the van.'!" once they have showed up at M. Millennium (voiced by Edward Kelsey)'s antique-clock-filled mansion.

The phone call[edit]

With only one exception, the brothers receive their latest commission (around which the plot of the episode revolves) by telephone; the phone (Interpol) is located in the van, and Victor answers it, as Hugo is engaged in driving (badly). For one episode, Hugo attempts to assume superiority in the partnership, and answers the phone himself - and the standard greeting on the phone is "Hello, this is Victor of Victor and Hugo - Naughtiness International, no crime too big, no crime too small. How may I help you?", delivered in the cod-French accent adopted by Victor. Hugo's alternate rendering begins "Hello, this is Hugo of Hugo and Victor - Naughtiness International, no big small crime too..." before trailing off; the caller's voice would also always emerge as indistinct speech through Interpol's open beak.

The meticulous plan[edit]

In his capacity as the brains of the partnership, Victor would devise a meticulous plan, and then explain it to Hugo, who in one episode refers to it as a "ridiculous plan"; Hugo would then repeat it back to Victor in a garbled form, full of spoonerisms and other puns. One example of this, is in the sixteenth episode "Is There a Doctor In The House?" - the plan to steal a quick-growth formula from Professor Peak at Saint Spooner's Hospital in order to let a criminal mastermind grow an army of giant ants to devour the world. Hugo renders this as "We peek at the spoon in the hospital, and grow quickly a professor's formula that will take the ants to the train."; invariably, the plan goes awry. This was usually flagged up by Victor's question of "Hugo, did you (perform a particular action)?" - and Hugo's response takes the form of "Yes," (at which Victor looks pleased), "And no." (at which he looks crestfallen), "But mainly...no." (previously used by Pierre for the five occasions he and Gaston appeared in Count Duckula, and at which time something exceedingly dangerous occurs).

The arrest[edit]

Generally, as a result of the dangerous omission by Hugo, the brothers are arrested and jailed; Victor takes this opportunity to explain that "At least in here, nothing else can possibly go wrong!", at which point the Wretched Dog steals his boxers. Victor sometimes chases after the dog - and after the dog steals Victor's boxers, Hugo scolds the dog for being naughty...only to whisper about how he likes the dog. At the end of the twenty-fifth episode, "Pie in the Sky", the Wretched Dog runs up the trouser leg of Hugo after the van lands!

Catchphrases[edit]

Much of the humour for this series derived from catchphrases (some of which were previously used by Gaston and Pierre); among these were:

  • "That is what I said." - Victor, on being corrected (by anyone); this was created specifically for the show, and was not used by Gaston.
  • "Yes, my Victor." - Hugo, on being told something by Victor; this was also created specifically for the show and was not used by Pierre.
  • "What is it that it is, my Victor?" - Hugo, using a direct English translation of the French phrase "Qu'est-ce que c'est, mon Victor?", which would more usually be translated as "What is it, Victor?"; this one was previously used by Gaston and Pierre in Count Duckula.
  • "Nothing else can possibly go wrong." - Victor (normally), the cue for the Wretched Dog to remove his boxer shorts at an episode's end.
  • "Gordon Bennett, Where's me tablets?" - Interpol expressing surprise and consternation; it was again created specifically for the show.
  • "That's what I think, anyway." - Hugo's summation of the situation; this was also used at the end of the starting and finishing themes.
  • "Do you understand the plan?" - Victor, to Hugo, who rarely did; this catchphrase was, yet again, created specifically for this series.
  • "Yes, and no, but mainly, no." - Hugo, answering Victor's question; this had previously been pioneered by Pierre for Count Duckula.
  • "Victor and Hugo, Naughtiness International, no crime too big, no crime too small, how may I help you?" - Victor answering the "phone".
  • "Bon! What? Good! Oh!" - One of the brothers to the other, after either one said something in French that the other did not understand.
  • "Help, the police! No, help!!!" - Hugo's panic attacks on hearing the word "police"; they were the only thing that he was terrified of.
  • "Mama always wanted for me to be a (occupation)." - Hugo's reaction to Victor's disguise ideas (including a doctor in the 16th episode, and a general in the twenty-fourth episode; in the latter, Victor also disguised himself as a military captain, dressed in red uniform).
  • "We are famous international criminals." - Hugo inadvertently revealing his identity (Victor would often say that he was just kidding).
  • "Brain of a ..." - Victor, on realizing Hugo's innate stupidity; this was followed by something else, usually an inanimate object, "You have the brain of a banana" for example, but on one occasion, he could only say "Brain of a... of a... of a thing which have no brain!".
  • "This is all your fault. But Victor, it was not my fault, (lists things that happened)." - Whenever the duo get arrested by the police.
  • This is usually followed by Victor's famous saying to Hugo (which was originally pioneered by Gaston in Count Duckula): "It is your fault. It is all your fault. It is ALWAYS your fault."; this is usually followed by the Wretched Dog showing to remove his boxer shorts.
  • "The monies and the jewels and the golds and the so-forths." - Victor's traditional litany of what the duo will be attempting to steal.

One recurring visual gag (which had previously been pioneered by Gaston and Pierre in Count Duckula) was Victor shoving Hugo's beret in his mouth to shut him up, while a second one (which was created specifically for this series) was Hugo yanking on Victor's necktie to attract his attention, and inadvertently choking him in the process; Victor would say (in a strangulated voice) "The tie, Hugo...get off the tie!" until he did, including on one occasion in the twelfth episode, "Private Ears", when Hugo was holding on to it to keep himself from falling to the ground (they were climbing up the Gazanian Embassy wall, with suckers they had bought from a hardware store on their hands, until Hugo took both of his suckers off the wall and left himself hovering in midair, at which point Victor said was impossible).

Opening sequence[edit]

The opening sequence features the two brothers preparing to blow up a safe as the show's theme song is sung; unfortunately for them, the explosion propels the safe through the ceiling, and in the confusion they both run out of what is revealed to be an upper-storey window. Having fallen to the ground, they enter their van and prepare to drive off - and Victor, laughing, tells Hugo "You know Hugo, it will be alright this time. Nothing can go wrong!". Hugo responds "Yes Victor, I know!" and begins to drive; at this point, bits fall off the van and the brothers escape that disaster, only to find their path blocked by police cars. They turn around and are immediately landed on by the falling safe, the door of which falls off, to reveal Hugo making his alternative suggestion of the title - "Hugo and Victor...that's what I think, anyway.". The theme was sung by composer Dave Roylance, with David Jason and Jimmy Hibbert singing the "Victor and Hugo"s.

Episode list[edit]

Series 1 (1991)[edit]

  • Episode 1: Panda-Monium (air date 6 September 1991): The brothers are hired to steal the rare African tree panda from Regent's Park Zoo. NOTES: There is a Danger Mouse plush toy in Bumbley's (a pun on Hamley's) toy store as well as a Penfold wind-up toy, and the green ducks in the zoo's pond also look a little like Count Duckula; this episode is also, still, the only one available on DVD.
  • Episode 2: Spacial Event (13 September 1991): The brothers are blasted into space, and have a close encounter of the "stupid" kind.
  • Episode 3: Water Boobies (20 September 1991): The brothers go deep-sea diving for treasure, in the hold of a sunken pirate galleon.
  • Episode 4: Cowboys and Indiscipline (27 September 1991): For a trip to Tombstone, Arizona, the brothers plan a daring gold robbery, and make a new "friend" in the form of the town Marshal, Wyatt Eartle (who is a pun on Wyatt Earp, and a turtle) in the process.
  • Episode 5: Hyp-Not-isn't (18 October 1991): Victor tries to hypnotize Hugo into being a better criminal, but it does not go to plan when he sneezes while hypnotizing him (as all the dust in his book has set off his hay fever) and it becomes the cue to set him off; this episode is also one of two that were previously released on VHS by Thames Video in 1991 (the other is the next one).
  • Episode 6: Automanic Transmission (25 October 1991): The brothers are hired by Mr. Stootly (a tiger) to steal a voice-activated futuristic car called the "Buillac S230" (a merger of Buick and Cadillac). NOTES: Mr. Stootly says his secretary is a Miss Boathook, and that she used to work for "a guy called K" (for viewers who know, this is a reference to Colonel K from Danger Mouse).
  • Episode 7: The Hole Truth and Nothing But the Truth (1 November 1991): The brothers attend a "fancy-dress" party in the costumes of convicts, attempting to go down to the ballroom's basement and drill through the wall to tunnel into the National Bank of Ruritania next door; however, they make a wrong turning, and end up tunneling into the cell of Strangler (a melancholy ape) in the Hampstead Prison instead. NOTES: While in the fancy-dress shop, Victor informs Hugo that he cannot attend the party as Count Duckula, to which Hugo replies "Oh, why not? I can do his voice, you know!"; it is a reference to the fact that the two of them are both voiced by David Jason. Also, while they are tunneling out of the Hampstead Prison (on the bike they made from the pieces in the escape cake Monsieur Meccaneaux brought them), a mole pops up and says "Oh my goodness, wait until Badger hears about this!" - referring to The Wind in the Willows.
  • Episode 8: The Case of the Vose Vase (8 November 1991): The brothers pose as a butler and a maid (Hugo under the name "Hugette") to steal the Vose Vase from Hobbes-Sutclyffe Hall; this is one of very few episodes where the Wretched Dog does not make appearance at all, and the green duck who waved a red flag in front of a bull to make him charge towards Victor and Hugo's van (which they had crashed into his pond at the start of the episode, scaring all the other ducks away upon its impact) also, again, looked a little like Count Duckula.
  • Episode 9: Dummy Run (15 November 1991): While taking a holiday on the Island of Formaggio, Victor's suitcase is mistakenly claimed by a crooked ventriloquist, Gary Gaingridge, and Victor thinks his brother has been frozen to death when he opens his suitcase and finds Gaingridge's dummy, Gaston, inside; however, Gaingridge is trying to take Hugo's head off because of the diamonds that are hidden in the dummy. NOTES: As mentioned in the episode's description, Gary's dummy is named "Gaston" (mistakenly called "Gastric" by one of the airport security guards); this could be a reference to Gaston and Pierre from Count Duckula, who were the basis for Victor and Hugo.
  • Episode 10: Scout's Dishonour (22 November 1991): The brothers join the East Crummelton Scout Group in order to gain free access to Ackroyd Towers (a house they are intending to steal from); this is also the first episode where a viewer sees Victor without his gloves. The Scouting chant Ging Gang Goolie is also heard on a radio at the start of the episode before the report of the brothers' most recent crime - but the last word is spelled "gooley" on the title card, which initially says "Scout's Honour" before the "Dis" comes in.
  • Episode 11: Escort Red-Handed (29 November 1991): While posing as a waitress, a shortsighted US millionaire asks Hugo to marry him.
  • Episode 12: Private Ears (6 December 1991): The Countess of Gazania hires the brothers to plant "listening devices" at the Gazanian Embassy; however, what they do not know is that the Gazanian Ambassador is her husband (and that she put him on a diet three weeks ago). So when Victor returns to her with his listening device (Hugo in a gift-wrapped box, which had been labeled "Do Not Open Until Tomorrow" when it was delivered to the Embassy) and Hugo retells everything he heard while in the Ambassador's office, she learns that her husband had been sneaking chocky biscuits - and when Victor finds out the truth, he starts to say "You mean, I have risk-ed my life for...", but the Countess interrupts him by reminding him of what she had promised him, "30,000 Gazanian dinars" (or so he thinks). However, it turns out that she actually promised him 30,000 Gazanian dinners (Gazanian dumpling) and that she only hired them because they were cheap.
  • Episode 13: Blunder on the Orient Express (13 December 1991): The brothers attempt to "hold up" the Orient Express, and are accused of a jewel thievery they did not commit; the episode is told in "flashback", as it begins with the brothers marooned in a Venetian punt.

Series 2 (1992)[edit]

  • Episode 14: Acting the Goat (11 September 1992): The brothers are hired to steal a ring from a famous actress named Wanda Nicetime, who is starring in a play at the Dreary Lane (a pun on Drury Lane) Theatre; they also end up becoming a part of the play themselves.
  • Episode 15: Artful Dodgers (18 September 1992): The brothers pose as art dealers, and are hired to steal a painting from New York's Museum of Modern Art (while being tailed by Tom Trowel, a pig). NOTES: One of the cinemas is showing a Danger Mouse movie.
  • Episode 16: Is There a Doctor in the House? (25 September 1992): The brothers disguise themselves as doctors, in order to steal the top-secret growth formula (which has been created by Professor Peveril Peak) from the "Reverend Spooner's Hospital"; however, after they get high on laughing gas, Victor accidentally spills the formula on Hugo, then they get sent to jail, and Hugo grows to a huge size!
  • Episode 17: Woof and Tumble (2 October 1992): Mr. Big, who is a mouse in an inflatable suit, hires the brothers to take care of his dog, Caesar, while he goes on holiday; however, things take a turn for the worse when Caesar falls in love with a cow (named Daisy), and ends up being kidnapped by "Grab-A-Dog International" (who give the ransom as a complete set of a series of chocolate bar wrappers). However, when the brothers cough up the ransom, it turns out that Caesar does not want to leave, as he has befriended another dog and is playing poker in the back room with him - so they decide to cough up with another ransom for the other dog (which is a complete set of a series of lollipop wrappers, which Hugo was going to swap for an "I ♥ Earwigs" bumper sticker), but it turns out to be the Wretched Dog, who runs up Victor's trouser leg and steals his boxer shorts. Interpol can also understand Caesar and Daisy's barking and mooing in this episode, and when his masters question him, he tells them that he is what they call a "polly-glot" (Polly is a common name for parrots).
  • Episode 18: Treasure Haunt (9 October 1992): The brothers sell Hobbes-Sutclyffe Hall to "a big lady with her arm in a sling", for a map that shows them where they can find the hidden treasure of Sir Pelham Hobbes-Sutclyffe; Count Duckula, Igor and Nanny guest-star but Igor is not actually given any lines, as Jack May, who also voiced the Seafaring Rat on The Wind in the Willows, did not return.
  • Episode 19: Tempers Fugit (16 October 1992): The brothers are hired by a horologist named Mr. Millennium, to masquerade as security men (from "Swagard") and steal a very special clock which can transport people through time for him. NOTES: Damson Panhandler, the pig newscaster from two episodes of Danger Mouse, appears on Mr. Millennium's television at the start, giving a warning to shipping, and this episode is also another occasion where a viewer sees Victor without his gloves, while masquerading as a "Swagard" security man.
  • Episode 20: French Exchange (23 October 1992): The brothers are hired by Baron Silas Greenback, to steal Danger Mouse's Mark 3 car; however, as with Jack May not returning to voice Igor in Ep. 18, Terry Scott does not return to provide the voice of Ernest Penfold.
  • Episode 21: The Poultry-Geist (30 October 1992): After getting kicked out of the movie "Spookzappers 3" (because they had snuck in) the brothers get the idea to pretend the biggest house in their neighbourhood is haunted, so its residents leave for the night and allow them to steal all the valuables from it; the biggest house happens to be Castle Duckula (and Nanny also makes another guest appearance). Also, when Castle Duckula automatically returns to Transylvania, the animation was lifted straight from a Count Duckula episode.
  • Episode 22: Jester Moment (6 November 1992): The Prince of Vulgaria (which is a pun on Bulgaria) hires the brothers, as his new court jesters, in order to steal the country's famous crown jewels; however, his old jester thwarts their plans in order to get rehired.
  • Episode 23: Stone Me! (13 November 1992): The brothers are hired by a "double-crossing" Countess in order to steal the world's most famous diamond, "Belshazzar's Bunion"; after they have a fake made and swap it, she reveals that she had kept the real one all the time.
  • Episode 24: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Dolt (20 November 1992): The brothers manage to get hold of top-secret plans for the "Concrete Dissolving Ray" and masquerade as "Captain Victor" and "General Hugo" to acquire the parts, then get M. Meccaneaux to build it for them; however, their plans are thwarted by a herd of stampeding elephants named Jumbo, Simba, Rajah and Sultan, who Hugo had scared earlier on in the episode by doing a mouse impression, and their keeper had been chasing and calling after them trying to get them back ever since.
  • Episode 25: Pie in the Sky (27 November 1992): The brothers are kidnapped by a gang of aliens (who transform them into a painting); when the aliens let them go, and their van lands back on Earth, the Wretched Dog runs up Hugo's trouser leg (inside the van) at the end! Also, when Hugo crashes the van into the wall of a laboratory at the start of the episode, and Interpol says he is thankful they are all still in one piece, Victor says that they are supposed to be in three separate pieces, and when they get out of the van, their heads are on each other's bodies - and Interpol then says that something is not quite right there, so they rush back to the van, but when they get out of it again, their heads are still on the wrong bodies so they have to go back to the van for a second time to set things right. During their time on the spaceship, Interpol also says "This is just like that movie, innit?", suggesting this episode is a film parody.
  • Episode 26: Unstable Fable (4 December 1992): The brothers are hired by penniless aristocrat, Lady Grady, to steal the world's most famous racehorse ("Whizzbangfleetfoot III"); after infiltrating the Mabel Grable Stables disguised as another horse (and being force-fed hay), they end up becoming part of the "Sirloin Stakes" and win after being stung by a bee, but all they get is a large mouthful of hay.
  • Episode 27: The Hound of the Hobbes-Sutclyffes (11 December 1992) The brothers pose as the three-time Count Duckula antagonists Hawkeye Soames and Dr. Potson in order to rob Hobbes-Sutclyffe Hall; the real Soames is also voiced by Brian Trueman (as opposed to Jack May, who again did not return), and both his and Potson's colourings are different to how they were initially coloured for the Eighties. Victor also wears a Von Goosewing hat while posing as Soames, a possible reference to the fact that he was also voiced by Jimmy Hibbert, and the "hound" of the episode's title turns out to be the Wretched Dog (as Victor finds out when he unlocks the safe at the end of it)!
  • Episode 28: Yule Be Sorry (18 December 1992): The brothers pose as Santa Claus (with Victor standing on top of Hugo) on the streets of New York City to steal everyone's presents; however, it is July, so they steal a voice-activated jet to pour fake snow over the city. When they crash-land at the North Pole, they meet the real Santa, who hands them a card saying that he is not really Santa - and when he unzips his suit, he turns out to be a polar bear, who hands the brothers another card saying that he is not really a polar bear. When he unzips his suit, he turns out to be none other than the Wretched Dog (who runs up Victor's trouser leg and steals his boxer shorts).
  • Episode 29: But Me No Butlers (24 December 1992): The brothers again pose as a butler and maid (Hugo, again, as "Hugette"), for Mr. Underfelt, who has a white mouse with an eye patch named "Damien", which sounds almost like "DM"; Brian Trueman also does not feature in this episode, and it is the only one that does not open with a radio or television report telling about the brothers' most recent crime. This episode also ended with the brothers suspended over a canyon - but even in that position, they were not safe from the Wretched Dog.
  • Episode 30: Do-In Yourself (29 December 1992): In a final attempt to pull off a great crime, the brothers order the "Behemoth Guide to being a Master Criminal"; Soames and Potson also make another reappearance, and this was the last thing Cosgrove Hall did for Thames.

Credits[edit]

  • Voices: David Jason, Jimmy Hibbert, Brian Trueman, Edward Kelsey (Episodes 19 and 20)
  • Written by: Brian Trueman, Jimmy Hibbert
  • Original Music by: Dave Roylance, Bob Galvin
  • Designers: Andy Roper, Jon Doyle, Paul Salmon, Stephen Simpson, Jez Hall
  • Supervised by: Ben Turner
  • Layouts: José Maria Zumel, Ricardo Machuca, Miguel Angel Aisa, Jaime Diaz Studios, Tom Bailey, Ted Pettengell, Neil Graham, Trevor Ricketts, Martin Edwards
  • Colour Models: Bruce McNally, Carol A. Hughes, John Martin, Colour Crew
  • Storyboards: Jaime Diaz Studios, José Maria Zumel, Mariano Rueda, Miguel Angel Aisa, José Solis, Dan Whitworth, Andy Janes, Wayne Thomas, Harold Whitaker, Dino Athanassiou, Bruce McNally, Keith Scoble, John Offord, Andy Roper, Vincent James, Jean Flynn, Jez Hall, Mike Whaite, Billy Allison, John Martin, Gregory Tiernan, Ian Whitworth, Ellen Meske, Chris Randall, Ian Jackson, Jean Flynn, John Millington, Martin Edwards, Stephen Simpson
  • Special Effects: Carlos Alfonso, Garry Owen, Jackie Mitchell, Roy Huckerby, David Birkinshaw
  • Backgrounds: Milagros Bañares, Conchi Echare, Roberto Garcia, Miguel Angel Gil, David Jariaz, Higashi Taruma, Beverly Bush, Maggie Riley, Pete Hillier, Weston Samuels, Philip Jackson, Rosie Mafrici, Michelle Graney
  • Supervised by: Carlos Alfonso
  • Key Animators: Mariano Rueda, Luis Varela, Eduard Sasu, Francisco Tena, Bujor Stefanescu, Angel Jariego, Valentin Cain, Fernando Jariego, Manuel G. Galiana, Pedro Delgado, Carmen Sanchez, Pedro Jorge Gil, Ignacio Amero, Sergio Alfonso, Valentin Domenech, Angel Garcia, Vicente Rodriguez, José Luis Torres, Paca Morena, Manuel Sirgo, Maria Elena Marquez, Baltasar Pedrosa, Pedro José Molina, Fernando Gallart, Juan Antonio Serrano, Big Jack Bradley, Meryl Edge, Dave Livesey, Denise Heywood, Alistair Fell, Andy Wilson, Claire Grey, Malcolm McGookin, Adrian Bell
  • Animators: Les Brooksbank, Paul Greenall, Mair Thomas, Mark Povey, Alan Lee Moult, Tim Window, Sandra Ryan, Richard Bazley, Rick Villeneuve, Brian Ainsworth, Ian Whitworth, Lloyd Sutton, Phil McMylor, Keith Scoble, Robert Brown
  • Animation Checkers: Phil McMylor, Andy Bax
  • Assistant Animators: Sandra Sasu, Julio Altozano, Maria Luisa Ruis, Luis Amor, Armando Berdones, Borja Montoro, Mario Moroillo, Fernando Ollero, Angel Marcano, Mercedes Manzanvo, Marta Diaz, Jesús Albiol, Juan José Mora, Maria Isabel Fernandez, Jennie Langley, Bob Sparkes, Judy Pilsbury, Karen Heywood, Helen Michael, Helen Smith, Steven A. Pleydell-Pearce, Bill Tapp, Craig Whittle, Michael Whaite, Steve Horrocks, Paul Jesper
  • Checkers: Carmen G. Sangrador, Maribel Lopez, Laura Cosgrove, Sue Halliwell, Yasodha Huckerby, Bev James, Katie Nutter
  • Cel Painting Supervisors: Laura Cosgrove, Lorraine Thomas
  • Colourist: Joan Jones
  • Cel Painters: Carmen G. Sangrador, Angeles Vacas, Maribel Lopez, Marimar Fernandez, Loli Pina, Marta Vegue, Susana Diez, Asunción Tómas, Maria José Alvarez, Evelia Rodriguez, Julia Garcia, Angeles Sanz, Maite Garcia, Antonia Ucar, Teresa Diego, Ana de la Guerra, Elvira Hernandez, Concha Calabuig, Elena Garcia, Mari Carmen Rivas, Herminia Burgaleta, Pilar Quesada, Maria Dolores Torres, Carla Abraham, Althea Deane, Marie Dembinski, Joyce Flowers, Helen Frazier, Mark Fulton, Stefania Giani, Lynn Hardie, Andrea Hough, Christine Kershaw, Anne Place, Karl Scoble, Gloria Vassiliou
  • Xerox: Alex Alphonso, José Luis Aisa, Marta Rodriguez, Julio Angel Garcia, Agustin Sepulveda, Tony McAleese, Don Geering, Joan Simmons
  • Camera: Victorio Gonzalez, Guillermon Rodriguez, Peter Kidd, Frank Hardie, Wendy Senior, Mark Sutton
  • Video Line Test: Eva Maria Montera, Phil Atack, Lesley White
  • Film Editors: Leo Casserly, Nibs Senior, Eilís Ward
  • Sound Effects Editors: Bob Ashton, Jane Hicks, Steve Perry, Geoff Lawson
  • Dubbing Mixer: John Wood
  • Music Coordinator: John Merrifield
  • Digital Dub Editors: Darren Cox and Simon Hall
  • Animation Directors: Carlos Alfonso, Willard Kitchen, Jean Flynn, John Offord
  • Assistant Animation Directors: Juan R. Pina, John Offord
  • Pre-Production Coordinator: Ed Williams
  • Production Controllers: Julio Diez, Sian Thomas
  • Production Co-Ordinator: Simon White
  • Post Production Manager: Chris Phillips
  • Executive Producer: John Hambley
  • Produced by: Brian Cosgrove, Mark Hall
  • Directed by: Brian Cosgrove
  • A Brian Cosgrove/Mark Hall Production
  • © Cosgrove Hall Productions Ltd. MCMXCI/MCMXCII
  • Thames Television Production for ITV

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