Gigglebiz

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Gigglebiz
Gigglebiz Title Card.jpeg
Title card featuring Major Boogie, Nana Knickerbocker, and Captain Adorable
Also known as
  • Gigglebox
  • Justin Time
  • Captain Adorable: The Locked Door Adventure
  • Humphrey the Painter
  • GiggleQuiz
Created byJustin Fletcher
StarringJustin Fletcher as multiple characters
Richard Sutton
Tom Golding
Ellie Kirk
Simon Grover
Kae Alexander
Julie Alanah-Brighten
Darren Hart
Michael Webber
Karl Magee
Gary Cross
Steven Kynman
Woody the Dog
Anita Dobson
Freddie Butterfield
Christopher Driscoll
Chloe Dallo
Rod Arthur
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5[1] (excluding the showreel, pilots and GiggleQuiz)
No. of episodes114
Production
Running time14 minutes[2]
Production companyBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)[3]
Release
Original networkCBeebies[4]
Original release7 September 2009 (2009-09-07) –
present

Gigglebiz is a children's television programme (described by the BBC as a 'live action comedy sketch show'[5]) made in the United Kingdom. There have been five series, first broadcast on CBeebies,[6] the BBC's younger children's channel, in 2009 (excluding the showreel and pilots).

The programme's star and creator is Justin Fletcher, who plays the characters in all the comedy sketches. Some of the sketches are filmed in the studio; one regular external location is Portmeirion, used for the fictional town of Wiggyville where Captain Adorable's sketches are set. The show is interspersed with a selection of children called the Gigglekids, who tell jokes to Justin in a 'Giggle Box' section.

Gigglebiz first started out with a showreel in the mid-1990s and three pilots in 2008 from Justin Fletcher. The showreel was named Justin Time. The three pilots were Humphrey the Painter, Gigglebox, and Captain Adorable: The Locked Door Adventure. CBeebies then announced that Gigglebox will become the regular show and be renamed to Gigglebiz.

The first series was broadcast in September 2009, and comprised 25 14-minute episodes. The first episode premiered on 7 September 2009. A Christmas special was shown on 15 December 2010. The second series comprised 15 episodes, and was shown in January 2011. The new series saw some characters disappear to make way for five new ones.

There is also a series called GiggleQuiz, which is shown below.

Characters[edit]

All of these characters are played by Justin Fletcher, who also wrote a few of the sketches in Gigglebiz's first series.

Current characters[edit]

Showreel debuts[edit]

These characters debuted in the Justin Time showreel.

  • Arthur Sleep, a male regional newsreader of a Northern origin and the protagonist of the show who tells bad jokes and is often found falling asleep. He also appeared in the first Justin Time showreel. Appears: Showreel, Series 1–present, and GiggleQuiz

Pilot debuts[edit]

These characters debuted in the Gigglebox pilot and the other two pilots.

  • Rapids Johnson, a.k.a. Jungle Jimbo, an explorer who doesn't always spot the prey. He originally appeared in the "Gigglebox" pilot under the name of Jungle Jimbo. Appears: Pilot 2, Series 1–present, and Series 1 of GiggleQuiz
  • DIY Dan (whose name comes from DIY), a.k.a. Andy Guy, a DIY enthusiast who doesn't always get to do anything right. His stuff is grist to his DIY mill. He doesn't speak, and instead, his skits feature a narrator, however in the "Gigglebox" pilot, he did speak, and was named Andy Guy. Appears: Pilot 2, Series 1, and 3–present
  • Captain Adorable, a self-obsessed superhero who is described as Wiggyville's favourite and is not as super as anybody else in the real world. His butler is Botham (Christopher Driscoll) and his sidekick is Q.T. (Chloe Dallo). He originally appeared in his own standalone pilot before being added in Gigglebiz. Appears: Pilot 3, Series 1–present, and GiggleQuiz
  • Humphrey, a silent man who is an oblivious troublemaker. Like with Captain Adorable, Humphrey originally appeared in his own standalone pilot (where he was a painter) before being added in Gigglebiz. Appears: Pilot 1, Series 1, and 3–present
  • Gail Force, a female weather presenter who actually sees weather's very literal meanings. She also sometimes reports and works for Arthur Sleep as an outside presenter. Appears: Pilot 2, Series 1–present, and GiggleQuiz

Series 1 debuts[edit]

These characters debuted in Series 1.

  • Ann Teak, an antiques expert who knows a lot about antiques (the ones that Ann does inspect, which often get broken by her), but prefers other items. Appears: Series 1-4, and GiggleQuiz
  • Nana Knickerbocker, a pantomime dame who always thinks she is in a pantomime and often lacks common sense in the real world due to this. Appears: Series 1, 3–present, and GiggleQuiz
  • The Lost Pirate, a pirate who is always on the lookout for his lost treasure, which mostly consists of nothing. In Series 1-2 he has a parrot called Captain Squawk and in Series 4 he has one called Captain Crackers.Appears: Series 1-2, 4–present, and GiggleQuiz
  • Professor Muddles, a scientist whose experiments often never go as he plans. Appears: Series 1–present and GiggleQuiz
  • Dina Lady, a cook who takes the names of prepared dishes to their very literal meanings. Her assistant is Tommy Tummy (Richard Sutton). Appears: Series 1-2, 4–present, and GiggleQuiz

Series 2 debuts[edit]

These characters debuted in Series 2.

  • Keith Fitt, a sports instructor of a Geordie origin whose "20 year" experience hasn't gained him any sports skills in his showcases. Appears: Series 2–present and GiggleQuiz

Series 3 debuts[edit]

These characters debuted in Series 3.

  • Will Singalot, a minstrel who always spoils Robin Hood's efforts of impressing Maid Marion. Appears: Series 3–present
  • Enrique Pasadoble, a dancer who gets distracted by pieces of scenery. He doesn't speak. Appears: Series 3–present
  • Dan Step, a tap dancer who keeps getting thrown off of his dancing stride as he encounters prop malfunctions. He doesn't speak. Appears: Series 3–present

Series 5 debuts[edit]

These characters debuted in Series 5.

  • Wizard Tripwick, a wizard who never remembers his spell-casting. Appears: Series 5–present and GiggleQuiz
  • Wild Wez, a cowboy who focuses on how to clean up his barn, but his barnyard animals always mess it up again. He doesn't speak. Appears: Series 5–present

Former characters[edit]

Showreel debuts[edit]

These characters debuted in the Justin Time showreel.

  • Anna Conda, a reptiles expert who pretends that reptiles do other things. She also appeared in the first Justin Time showreel. Appears: Showreel and Series 1

Pilot debuts[edit]

These characters debuted in the Gigglebox pilot and the other two pilots.

  • The Berrito Brothers, three acrobats. The older two brothers are Karl Magee and Gary Cross. The third youngest brother (Justin) ruins their acts. They don't speak although they do make vocal sounds. They also appeared in the original Gigglebox pilot. Appears: Pilot 2, Series 1-4
  • King Flannel, a naughty monarch who should be kept in line by his butler for several reasons. He only speaks in gibberish sounds, and also appeared in the original Gigglebox pilot. Appears: Pilot 2, Series 1-3
  • Chip Munk, a pet shop worker who never sells his animals. He also appeared in the original Gigglebox pilot. Appears: Pilot 2 and Series 1

Series 1 debuts[edit]

These characters debuted in Series 1.

  • Packed Lunch Pete, a man who never gets to eat his packed lunch and is prevented from it in several ways. He doesn't speak. Appears: Series 1
  • Farmer Dung, a farmer who lacks common sense and uses many wordplay mostly on animals. Appears: Series 1-3
  • Major Boogie, an old tin soldier who dances when no one is around, along with the fellow toys on his shelf. Appears: Series 1-2
  • Postie, an often hapless postman who never gets to deliver the post. He doesn't speak. Appears: Series 1
  • Milkshake Jake, a sundae bar tender who gets distracted by the professions of his customers and puts the contents of their milkshakes on them. Appears: Series 1

Series 2 debuts[edit]

These characters debuted in Series 2.

  • Doctor Doctor, a doctor who tells doctor-doctor jokes to people who need his help. Appears: Series 2
  • Simon Pieman, a deliveryman who has trouble delivering his pies. Appears: Christmas special of Series 1 and Series 2
  • Opera Oliver, an opera-singing waiter who doesn't pay attention to his customers, annoys them with his singing, and makes them leave. Appears: Series 2
  • Rod and Annette, a fisherman couple. Rod (Justin) loses his catch and Annette (Anita Dobson) thinks that Rod never catches anything. Rod doesn't speak. Appears: Series 2

Series 3 debuts[edit]

These characters debuted in Series 3.

  • Ug and Ig, a caveman couple. Ug (Justin) invents something and often fumbles around with it due to his weak strength, Ig (Freddie Butterfield) has to end up helping him, and in doing so, the invention is never used as how it was originally intended. Ug only speaks in gibberish sounds while Ig doesn't speak. Appears: Series 3
  • Storybook Stan, a storyteller who tells a story but keeps getting distracted about the story-watchers and never tells it the right way. Appears: Series 3-4
  • Sue Keeper, a zookeeper who gets animal facts mixed up. Appears: Series 3
  • Will Barrow, a gardener whose gardening is ruined by the animals that reside in his garden. He doesn't speak. Appears: Series 3-4

Spinoff[edit]

In July 2018, a spinoff quiz show entitled GiggleQuiz was announced.[7]

This series was made with Justin Fletcher reprising his role as all of the characters. It had first aired on 28 October 2019. The aim of the game is to answer questions about clips that are shown from the previous series (Series 3-5). It was hosted by Arthur Sleep, and the team captains were Gail Force and Keith Fitt. Nana Knickerbocker hosted her own round, which was named "Nana's Panto Showdown". Wizard Tripwick, Dina Lady, Captain Adorable, Rapids Johnson, Ann Teak (who returned after last appearing in Series 4), The Lost Pirate and Professor Muddles have all appeared as contestants.

Most of the characters had made cameos such as Dan Step, King Flannel, The Berrito Brothers, and others. Unlike Gigglebiz, it is, as said, a quiz show.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1511698/episodes?ref_=tt_ql_6 "Gigglebiz (TV Series 2009— ) – Episodes – IMDb"[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fimr1cNKJSE. "Gigglebiz Episode 1".
  3. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1511698/ "Gigglebiz (2009— ) – IMDb".[unreliable source?]
  4. ^ "Gigglebiz – CBeebies – BBC.co.uk". Archived from the original on 25 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Gigglebiz". BBC. Archived from the original on 12 September 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  6. ^ "CBeebies – Gigglebiz". BBC. 1 January 1970. Archived from the original on 9 January 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  7. ^ "BBC orders new children's comedies School Bus and GiggleQuiz". 3 July 2018. Retrieved 22 August 2018.

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