Gophers!

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Gophers!
Created by Mark Mason
Starring Lou Hirsch
Francis Wright
Erik Collinson
Jeremy Stockwell
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 13
Release
Original network Channel 4
Original release 1988 – 1990

Gophers! was a Channel 4 children's programme about a family of American gophers who move into a new neighbourhood, called Sycamore Heights, living next door to a family of uptight but well-intentioned rabbits, The Burrows.

There were many recurring jokes within this short lived show such as Arthur Burrows' vegetables planning a rebellion to escape his garden, a mad scientist ferret called Dr Wince, whose ambition was to conquer the world by obtaining a crystal buried in the Gophers' garden with the help of his reptilian servant Sly, and an alien in love with a zucchini determined to get home. Also there were Stereotypical "Mexican" cockroaches (Dressed in costumes of Mexican Peasant Revolutionaries of the Mexican Revolution of 1910) who lived in the Gophers' house or Trailer Park Mobile Home always trying to steal their food.

Contrary to popular belief, Gophers! had no actual gophers in the first production. Largely a misconception, the gophers thought to be in the show were actually chihuahuas with superimposed gopher faces that were put in place during post production.

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