Cockleshell Bay

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Cockleshell Bay
Genre Stop motion, Animation
Created by Cosgrove Hall
Starring Brian Trueman
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English, Finnish, Swedish, Hebrew, Hungarian, French, and Spanish
No. of episodes 104
Executive producer(s) John Hambley
Producer(s) Brian Cosgrove, Mark Hall
Running time 10 mins
Original network ITV
Original release 6 May 1980 – 1 July 1986

Cockleshell Bay is a children's television series which was shown at lunchtime on ITV during the early 1980s. It was made by Cosgrove Hall for their parent company, the ITV broadcaster Thames Television. Other children's programmes in the same ITV time slot on the remaining four weekdays included Let's Pretend, Jamie and the Magic Torch, and Rainbow – the latter in which Cockleshell Bay began as a regular story feature (reflected in the rainbow design of Cockleshell Bay's logo).

Twins Robin and Rosie Cockle were the main characters. They lived at the Bucket and Spade guest house run by their parents Helen and Christopher. The family had moved to the Bay from an unknown city, because their parents had wanted to leave city life behind, and their father no longer wanted to work in a factory. Although Robin and Rosie frequently argued with each other, it was clear that they much enjoyed each other's company. Gran Routy (who was no relation to the family, but was known as "Gran" due to her large number of grandchildren) helped out at the house. Robin and Rosie's friends included Mr. Ezikiel Shipham (known locally as Mr Ship), Mr. McGinty and his donkey Fury (whom Mr. Ship looked after), as well as Ben Gunn the "pirate seagull". In the later series Robin and Rosie had a baby sister called Holly.

Transmission guide[edit]

  • Series 1: 13 editions from 6 May 1980 – 29 July 1980
  • Series 2: 13 editions from 24 March 1981 – 16 June 1981
  • Series 3: 13 editions from 28 September 1981 – 21 December 1981
  • Series 4: 13 editions from 29 March 1982 – 21 June 1982
  • Series 5: 13 editions from 4 January 1983 – 5 April 1983
  • Series 6: 13 editions from 10 January 1984 – 3 April 1984
  • Series 7: 13 editions from 16 April 1985 – 9 July 1985
  • Series 8: 13 editions from 8 April 1986 – 1 July 1986

VHS releases[edit]

VHS Title Release Date Episodes
Cockleshell Bay (TV9901) 1986 A Fresh Start, Names, The Pirate Seagull, The Grand Old Duke of York, Happy Birthday Gran Routy
Robin and Rosie's Adventures in Cockleshell Bay (TV9952) 1987 Fishy Things, The Pirate King, A Day in the Sand Dunes, A Cart Made for Two, Cockleshell Bay Concert
Bedtime Stories: Toad and Friends (TV8078) 1989 Flying High (Compilation VHS with 'The Wind in the Willows' and 'Jamie and the Magic Torch')


Writer and Narrator 
Brian Trueman
David Rohl, Stuart J. Wolstenholme
Andrea Lord, Steve Moss
Puppet Design 
Bridget Appleby
Josie Yee & Ivor Wood
Sets & Props 
Chris Walker
Puppet Construction 
Peter Saunders
Jim Noble, Jane Hilcks
Film Editor 
John McManus
Executive Producer 
John Hambley
Jackie Cockle
Mark Hall, Brian Cosgrove
Copyright 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, & 1986 Cosgrove/Hall Productions Ltd

Thames Colour Production

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