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For Grotbags the character, see Carol_Lee_Scott § Grotbags.
Created by Carol Lee Scott
Developed by Central Independent Television
Directed by Colin Clews
Starring Carol Lee Scott, Richard Coombs, Francis Wright
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3 (ITV)
No. of episodes 29
Running time 20 minutes
Production company(s) Central
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3 (1983–2001)
16:9 (2012)
Original release 4 August 1991 (1991-08-04) – 10 February 1993 (1993-02-10)
Related shows Emu's All Live Pink Windmill Show

Grotbags is a television series about a fictional witch called Grotbags, who was a popular fixture on British children's television during the 1980s and early 1990s. A character sculpted very much in the mould of the traditional pantomime villain, Grotbags has always been played by actress and singer Carol Lee Scott in a costume comprising distinctive vivid green make-up and a witch's cape and hat.


Grotbags originally appeared in Emu's World, which was replaced after a few series by Emu's All Live Pink Windmill Show. In 1991 Grotbags the character was given her own spin-offs series after Emu's World was axed by Central Television. The series was created by puppeteer Richard Coombs and Carol Lee Scott around an idea of a puppet series. The scripts for the series were written by Bob Hescott and directed by Colin Clews.[1]

Each episode rotated around Grotbags and her minions at Gloomy Fortress, and their day-to-day lives.

Principal characters[edit]

  • Grotbags
  • Colin the Bat: a stupid bat who can not fly very well
  • Doris the Dodo: the last dodo, rescued by Grotbags from a desert island
  • Norman Nettle: a grumpy nettle plant
  • Grumble: Grotbags' cauldron
  • Lumpy: a gremlin who lives in Grumble

Transmission guide[edit]

  • Series 1: 13 editions from 4 September 1991 – 18 December 1991
  • Series 2: 10 editions from 9 September 1992 – 11 November 1992
  • Series 3: 6 editions from 6 January 1993 – 10 February 1993

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