Crystal Tipps and Alistair

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Crystal Tipps and Alistair is a British cartoon produced for the BBC. The title characters are a girl and her dog who are joined by their friends Birdie and Butterfly. There are 50 five-minute episodes and a 20-minute Christmas special, all first shown between 1971 and 1974.[1] It was created by Hilary Hayton and Graham McCallum. Michael Grafton-Robinson, a BBC producer went independent setting up Q3 of London to produce the series.[1] The animation was done by Richard Taylor Cartoons, who were also contracted to make the Charley Says and the Protect and Survive public information films for the Central Office of Information.

The series has no dialogue but rather is accompanied by a full musical soundtrack composed by Paul Reade; however, when shown on Captain Kangaroo in the U.S. in the 1970s the series did have voice-over narration by Cosmo "Gus" Allegretti in his high-pitched "Mister Moose" voice.


  1. Birdie
  2. Butterfly
  3. Flying High
  4. The Art Gallery
  5. Keep Fit
  6. Fishing
  7. Party Time
  8. Decorating
  9. Sowing Seeds
  10. Trip to the Seaside
  11. Yo Yo
  12. The Postman
  13. Dressing Up
  14. Music Makers
  15. Snow
  16. It's Quicker By Tube
  17. Zoo Time
  18. Spring Cleaning
  19. Boots
  20. Chimney Sweep
  21. The Circus
  22. On Wheels
  23. Tennis Time
  24. The Swimming Pool
  25. Picnic Time
  26. Surprise
  27. Bubbles
  28. Pussy
  29. Gardening
  30. Still Life
  31. Sailing
  32. Golf
  33. Waterworks
  34. Eastern Magic
  35. Dough
  36. The Fortune Teller
  37. The Monster
  38. Hotel
  39. The Dog House
  40. Trampoline
  41. Knitting
  42. Bump in the Night
  43. Vacuum Cleaner
  44. Professor
  45. Cricket
  46. Kitten Care
  47. The Farm
  48. Sculptures
  49. Topiary
  50. The Magician

Crystal's Christmas Special was shown on 25 December 1974.


  • Designed and Written by: Graham McCallum and Hilary Hayton
  • Music Composed by: Paul Reade
  • Animation Directed by: Richard Taylor
  • Animator: Maggie Clarke
  • Produced by: Michael Grafton-Robinson
  • A BBC TV/Q3 London Co-Production


  1. ^ a b Alistair McGown "Crystal Tipps and Alistair (1971-74)", BFI screenonline
  • Simon Sheridan The A to Z of Classic Children's Television (Reynolds & Hearn Books, 2004, reprinted 2007) ISBN 1-903111-27-7. Features a chapter on the series and an interview with Hilary Hayton.

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