Jigsaw (UK TV series)

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Created by Clive Doig
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 6
No. of episodes 45
Running time 25 minutes
Original network BBC1
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Mono (1979-1984)
Original release 16 July 1979 – 24 May 1984

Jigsaw was a BBC show aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 7 that combines elements of puzzle solving and entertainment, which was broadcast from 16 July 1979 until 24 May 1984.

Written and directed by Clive Doig, the show was presented by mime artist Adrian Hedley, Janet Ellis and "Jigg" - a giant floating orange jigsaw piece, voiced by John Leeson.

Ellis left in 1983 to become a Blue Peter presenter, at which point she was replaced by Dot, aka Julia Binstead.

Featured supporting cast also included Paul Clayton, Biggum the giant and Wilf Lunn who appeared as a mad inventor. Other unusual characters included Pterry, a Pterodactyl, Cid Sleuth (played by David Cleveland), a Sherlock Holmes-looking bumbling detective plagued by a mysterious burglar (David Wyatt), Hector The Hedgehog, Dot (played by Julia Binstead) - a pixel-come-to-life, the O-Men (Sylvester McCoy and David Rappaport), and Mr. Noseybonk, performed by Hedley in a dinner suit and a white face mask with a prominent nose and toothy grin. This last character has proved the most enduring due to his terrifying children as much as amusing them, has been popularised by Stuart Ashen’s series of Noseybonk Returns videos and later his appearance as Mr. Noseybonk in Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe, and was satirised as Mr Chuckleteeth in the X-Files episode Familiar.

Throughout the show, the presenters and supporting characters came together to solve a number of puzzles; these puzzles would then contribute to one larger conundrum that would be revealed at the end of the show. The viewer was encouraged to take part and solve the puzzles at home.


Series Start date End date Episodes
1 16 July 1979 20 August 1979 6
2 20 May 1980 24 June 1980 6
3 21 September 1981 14 December 1981 13
4 10 January 1983 21 February 1983 7
5 17 January 1984 21 February 1984 6
6 12 April 1984 24 May 1984 7

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