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|
|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.
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|
- Jigsaw at bbc.co.uk
- Jigsaw on IMDb
- Jigsaw at UKgameshows.com
- Jigsaw Page at "The Chestnut" Fan-researched archive page
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