Rosie and Jim

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Rosie and Jim
Rosie and Jim.jpg
Created by John Cunliffe
Anne Wood
Robin Stevens
Presented by John Cunliffe
Starring Rebecca Nagan
Robin Stevens
John Cunliffe
Pat Hutchins
Neil Brewer
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 175
Production
Running time Series 1–2: 15 minutes
Series 3–8: 11 minutes
Production company(s) Ragdoll Productions
Central Independent Television (1990–1996)
Carlton UK Productions (1996–1998)
United Productions (1998–2000)
Release
Original network ITV Network (CITV)
Original release 3 September 1990 (1990-09-03) – 10 March 2000 (2000-03-10)
External links
Website

Rosie and Jim (sometimes written as Rosie & Jim) is a British children's television programme produced by Ragdoll Productions and aired on ITV from 3 September 1990 to 10 March 2000, and on PBS from 5 September 1992 to 31 March 2001. The programme continued to be intermittently repeated on CITV until August 2004.

Story[edit]

Rosie and Jim are two rag dolls who live aboard a narrowboat called the Ragdoll, which is from Birmingham. There, they sit with a concertina on their lap, and come alive when no one is looking to explore the world that they pass by on the canal. They learn to experience things by following the Ragdoll's owner on his or her adventures, and secretly joining in with them. Usually they end up causing trouble, but they are never detected because no one ever sees them.

Characters[edit]

Rosie[edit]

Rosie (puppeteered and voiced by Rebecca Nagan) is the female rag doll. In their adventures, she carries a bag that has her name written on it. She wears a yellow dress and has long shaggy black hair. She is often heard referring to the boat driver as "fizzgog" (John Cunliffe), "loopy lobes" (or just "loopy"; Pat Hutchins) and "tootle" (Neil Brewer). She calls Jim "Noggin". Her skin colour changed from white to black over the course of the series.

Jim[edit]

Jim (puppeteered and voiced by Robin Stevens) is the male rag doll. In their adventures, he can be seen carrying a note book, in which he sometimes draws things that he has seen. He has short red hair and wears a brown jacket with a red scarf. He also refers to the boat driver as "fizzgog", "loopy lobes" and "tootle". The shade of his skin has changed slightly throughout the series.

Duck[edit]

Duck sits on top of the Ragdoll boat and can be heard quacking when there are no humans around so that both Rosie and Jim know that the coast is clear. During many episodes, Rosie or Jim can be seen kissing the duck.

Narrowboat owners[edit]

Rosie and Jim's home is the Ragdoll, a beautiful canal boat. Throughout its run, the boat was acquired by three owners. Each one playing a role according to their profession.

  • John Cunliffe (Fizzgog): 1990–1992, 50 episodes

An author who writes stories about Rosie and Jim based upon his own everyday outings. Cunliffe was the only presenter to break the fourth wall, delivering pieces to camera and narration throughout every episode, which ended with a self-penned short cutout animated story done by Alan Rogers and Peter Lang (Pigeon Street).

  • Pat Hutchins (Loopy Lobes): 1995–1996, 45 episodes

An illustrator who creates pictures, gathering ideas from her adventures. Each episode would start with Pat finishing a drawing of Rosie and Jim and end with an illustration, again by Pat, based upon the episode. At the end of the each episode, Duck would be hidden in the picture, with Rosie and Jim trying to find him.

  • Neil Brewer (Tootle): 1997–2000, 81 episodes

A singer and musician who plays the harmonica and the concertina. Neil would begin each episode looking for his harmonica followed by Rosie and Jim talking about and introducing him. Brewer would often end each episode with a song played on his concertina; prompted by Rosie and Jim who would leave the instrument for him to play, next to Duck. At the end of each episode, the rag dolls would often join in with the song, unknown to Neil. Brewer became the longest serving owner of the boat and was the only one to star in a live theater tour of the show in 2000.

Following the boat's redundancy from Ragdoll Productions, it is no longer on display to the public.

Series 1 (1990–1991) John Cunliffe[edit]

  • 1. Locks – 3 September 1990
  • 2. Painting – 10 September 1990
  • 3. Supermarket – 17 September 1990 – John travels to Intu Merry Hill to shop at Sainsbury's
  • 4. Tunnel – 24 September 1990
  • 5. Horse Towing – 1 October 1990
  • 6. Glass – 8 October 1990
  • 7. Boat Building – 15 October 1990
  • 8. Washing – 22 October 1990
  • 9. Coal – 29 October 1990
  • 10. Clipping – 5 November 1990
  • 11. Falcons – 12 November 1990
  • 12. Woollen Mill – 19 November 1990
  • 13. Bread – 26 November 1990
  • 14. Shopping – 3 December 1990 - John travels to Tewkesbury to shop at The Dainty Morsel and later have a picnic
  • 15. Weaving – 10 December 1990
  • 16. Ferry – 17 December 1990
  • 17. Milking – 7 January 1991
  • 18. Sailing – 14 January 1991
  • 19. Steam – 21 January 1991
  • 20. Abbey – 28 January 1991
  • 21. Breakdown – 4 February 1991
  • 22. Pottery – 11 February 1991
  • 23. Fairground – 18 February 1991 – John travels along the River Severn through Worcester to Stourport
  • 24. Letters – 25 February 1991
  • 25. Finding the Way – 4 March 1991

Series 2 (1991–1992) John Cunliffe[edit]

  • 26. Automata – 30 September 1991
  • 27. Butterflies – 7 October 1991
  • 28. Houses – 14 October 1991
  • 29. Hair – 21 October 1991
  • 30. School – 28 October 1991 – John Cunliffe visits a school in Birmingham
  • 31. Bricks – 4 November 1991
  • 32. Small Animals – 11 November 1991
  • 33. Hats – 18 November 1991
  • 34. Hospital – 25 November 1991
  • 35. Boat Painting – 2 December 1991
  • 36. Sheepdog – 9 December 1991
  • 37. Waterworks – 16 December 1991
  • 38. Blacksmith – 6 January 1992
  • 39. Library – 13 January 1992
  • 40. Dredging – 20 January 1992
  • 41. Rope – 27 January 1992
  • 42. Trees – 3 February 1992
  • 43. Shoes – 10 February 1992 – John Cunliffe visits Worcester to buy some shoes from Blunts Shoes
  • 44. Brass – 17 February 1992
  • 45. Flying – 24 February 1992
  • 46. Coracle – 2 March 1992
  • 47. Puppet Show – 9 March 1992
  • 48. Shire Horses – 16 March 1992
  • 49. Eggs – 23 March 1992
  • 50. Boat Festival – 30 March 1992 – John Cunliffe visits a boat festival on his last day of owning the Ragdoll boat before being replaced by Pat Hutchins

Series 3 (1995) Pat Hutchins[edit]

  • 51. Radio Station – 6 January 1995
  • 52. Babies – 13 January 1995
  • 53. Steam Train – 20 January 1995
  • 54. Barn Owl – 27 January 1995
  • 55. Gingerbread Man – 3 February 1995
  • 56. Musical Instruments – 10 February 1995
  • 57. Flower Baskets – 17 February 1995
  • 58. Duck Gets Lost – 24 February 1995
  • 59. Ten Pin Bowling – 3 March 1995 – Rosie and Jim visit a bowling alley in Coventry and are greeted by Phil Kendall, with the line "Hello, good morning, can I help you?" [1]
  • 60. Sneezes – 10 March 1995
  • 61. Digging For Potatoes – 17 March 1995
  • 62. Pony Riding – 24 March 1995
  • 63. Lovely Bananas – 24 March 1995
  • 64. Splish Splash Splosh – 31 March 1995
  • 65. Down on the Farm – 7 April 1995
  • 66. The Hat Factory – 21 April 1995
  • 67. The Disappearing Sausages – 28 April 1995
  • 68. Soapy Duck – 5 May 1995
  • 69. Bouncy Castles – 12 May 1995
  • 70. A Special Dance – 19 May 1995
  • 71. Flood on the Boat – 26 May 1995
  • 72. The Shoemaker – 9 June 1995
  • 73. Scarecrow – 16 June 1995
  • 74. Roller Skating – 23 June 1995
  • 75. Stars at Night – 30 June 1995

Series 4 (1996) Pat Hutchins[edit]

  • 76. Acrobats – 12 January 1996
  • 77. Earrings – 19 January 1996
  • 78. The Best Boat in the World – 26 January 1996
  • 79. Mouse on the Boat – 2 February 1996
  • 80. Floating Restaurant – 9 February 1996
  • 81. On Safari – 16 February 1996
  • 82. Exercise – 23 February 1996
  • 83. Little Lost Kitten – 1 March 1996
  • 84. Stripes – 8 March 1996
  • 85. Magical Lights – 15 March 1996
  • 86. Making Pizza – 22 March 1996
  • 87. Shop Window – 29 March 1996
  • 88. Visiting the Vet – 5 April 1996
  • 89. Bus Ride – 12 April 1996
  • 90. Dog Training – 19 April 1996
  • 91. Winning the Race – 26 April 1996
  • 92. The Milkman – 3 May 1996
  • 93. Ballroom Dancing – 10 May 1996
  • 94. The Umbrella Factory – 17 May 1996
  • 95. Sleepy Baby – 24 May 1996

Series 5 (1997) Neil Brewer[edit]

  • 96. Harmonica – 6 January 1997
  • 97. Spring Cleaning – 10 January 1997
  • 98. Water Skiing – 13 January 1997
  • 99. Cake – 17 January 1997
  • 100. Sing Song – 20 January 1997
  • 101. Pony And Trap – 24 January 1997
  • 102. Ducks – 27 January 1997
  • 103. Football – 31 January 1997
  • 104. Chimney Sweep – 3 February 1997
  • 105. Windy Day – 7 February 1997
  • 106. Chair – 10 February 1997
  • 107. Kites – 14 February 1997
  • 108. Tailor – 17 February 1997
  • 109. Hot Air Balloon – 21 February 1997
  • 110. Bike Ride – 24 February 1997
  • 111. Parrot – 28 February 1997
  • 112. Beach – 3 March 1997
  • 113. Roundabout – 7 March 1997
  • 114. Mattress – 10 March 1997
  • 115. Theatre – 14 March 1997

Series 6 (1998) Neil Brewer[edit]

  • 116. Noodles – 5 January 1998
  • 117. Pigeons – 9 January 1998
  • 118. Camping – 12 January 1998
  • 119. Big Ben – 16 January 1998 – Neil Brewer visits Big Ben in Westminster, London
  • 120. Golf – 19 January 1998
  • 121. Tower Of London – 23 January 1998
  • 122. Newspaper – 26 January 1998
  • 123. Waterslide – 30 January 1998
  • 124. Fish – 2 February 1998
  • 125. Stilts – 6 February 1998
  • 126. Diy – 9 February 1998
  • 127. Ketchup – 13 February 1998
  • 128. Lullaby – 16 February 1998
  • 129. Driftwood – 20 February 1998
  • 130. Tower Bridge – 23 February 1998
  • 131. Music Boat – 27 February 1998
  • 132. Recording Studio – 2 March 1998
  • 133. One Man Band – 6 March 1998
  • 134. Chinese Lion Dance – 9 March 1998
  • 135. Music Party – 13 March 1998

Series 7 (1999) Neil Brewer[edit]

  • 136. Sticky Honey – 4 January 1999
  • 137. Chainmaking – 8 January 1999
  • 138. Shining Armour – 11 January 1999
  • 139. Naughty Little Frog – 15 January 1999
  • 140. Thatching – 18 January 1999
  • 141. Sailing Boat – 22 January 1999
  • 142. Drawing – 25 January 1999
  • 143. Disco – 29 January 1999
  • 144. Remote Control – 1 February 1999
  • 145. Keep Fit – 5 February 1999
  • 146. Dry Walling – 8 February 1999
  • 147. Baby Elephant – 12 February 1999
  • 148. Washing Day – 15 February 1999
  • 149. Lifeboat Rescue – 19 February 1999
  • 150. Knitting Factory – 22 February 1999
  • 151. Road Boat – 26 February 1999
  • 152. Line Dancing – 1 March 1999
  • 153. Wallpaper – 5 March 1999
  • 154. High Bar – 8 March 1999
  • 155. Riding Lesson – 12 March 1999

Series 8 (2000) Neil Brewer[edit]

  • 156. Disappearing Duck – 3 January 2000
  • 157. Upside Down – 7 January 2000
  • 158. Where's My Wedding Ring – 10 January 2000
  • 159. Mother's Day – 14 January 2000
  • 160. Steel Band – 17 January 2000
  • 161. Disappearing Trousers – 21 January 2000
  • 162. Jumble Duck – 24 January 2000
  • 163. Flour Trail – 28 January 2000
  • 164. Birthday Party – 31 January 2000
  • 165. Lots Of Knots – 4 February 2000
  • 166. Flashing Fire Engine – 7 February 2000
  • 167. Amazing Teddy – 11 February 2000
  • 168. Rescue The Rubbish – 14 February 2000
  • 169. Water, Water Everywhere – 18 February 2000
  • 170. Hop To The Hospital – 21 February 2000
  • 171. Lazy Day – 25 February 2000
  • 172. The Window Cleaner – 28 February 2000
  • 173. Little Ducklings – 3 March 2000
  • 174. Runaway Roller Blades – 6 March 2000
  • 175. The Magic Show – 10 March 2000

Media releases[edit]

VHS releases[edit]

VHS Title Release Date Episodes
Rosie and Jim – Volume 1 (VC1156) 1 October 1990 Locks, Painting, Tunnel, Supermarket
Rosie and Jim – Sailing and Other Stories (VC1169) 4 February 1991 Sailing, Weaving, Milking, Breakdown
Rosie and Jim – Volume 2 (VC1202) 4 March 1991 Coal, Bread, Shopping, Steam
Rosie and Jim Video Fun Pack (TB0004) 5 August 1991 Abbey, Falcons
Rosie and Jim – Video and Book (TB1004) 7 October 1991 Pottery, Finding the Way, Letters, Fairground
Rosie and Jim – Butterflies and Other Stories (VC1221) 4 November 1991 Automata, Butterflies, Houses, Hair
Rosie and Jim Video Fun Pack – Abbey and Other Stories Re-Release (TB0004) 6 January 1992 Abbey, Falcons
Rosie and Jim – Washing and Other Stories (VC1224) 3 February 1992 Horse Towing, Glass, Boat Building, Washing
Learn to Read and Write with Rosie and Jim – Games and Songs (VC1239) 6 April 1992
Learn to Read and Write with Rosie and Jim – Stories and Rhymes (VC1240) 4 May 1992
Rosie and Jim – Small Animals and Other Stories (VC1252) 1 June 1992 School, Bricks, Small Animals, Hats
Learn with Rosie and Jim – Painting and Other Stories (WP0006) 1 June 1992 Locks, Painting
Rosie and Jim – Trees and Other Stories (VC1265) 5 October 1992 Hospital, Boat Painting, Trees, Sheepdog
Rosie and Jim – Waterworks and Other Stories (VC1280) 8 February 1993 Waterworks, Rope, Boat Festival, Coracle
Rosie and Jim – Flying and Other Stories (VC1298) 1 March 1993 Flying, Blacksmith, Shire Horses, Brass
Rosie and Jim – Sailing and Other Stories (VC1291) (12 July 1993) 12 July 1993 Sailing, Weaving, Milking, Breakdown


Rosie and Jim – Bumper Special (Painting and Other Stories) (VC1301) 12 July 1993 Locks, Painting, Tunnel, Supermarket, Coal, Bread, Shopping
Rosie and Jim – Puppet Show and Other Stories (VC1305) 4 October 1993 Puppet Show, Eggs, Library, Shoes
Rosie and Jim – Woollen Mill and Other Stories (VC1306) 4 October 1993 Woollen Mill, Clipping, Ferry, Dredging
Rosie and Jim – Bumper Special (Fairground and Other Stories) and Other Stories (VC1331) 6 June 1994 Pottery, Finding The Way, Letters, Fairground, Abbey, Falcons, Steam
Rosie and Jim – (Rope and Coracle) (WP0017) 3 October 1994 Rope, Coracle
Rosie and Jim – Bumper Special (Hats and Other Stories) (VC1368) 7 November 1994 Automata, Butterflies, House, Hair, School, Bricks, Hats
  • Rosie and Jim – Gingerbread Man and Other Stories (VC1373) (6 February 1995)

Radio Station, Babies, Steam Train, Barn Owl, Gingerbread Man

  • Rosie and Jim – Duck Gets Lost and Other Stories (VC1382) (3 April 1995)

Musical Instruments, Flower Baskets, Duck Gets Lost, Ten Pin Bowling, Sneezes

  • Rosie and Jim – 2 Tapes on 1: Flying and Sailing and Other Stories (VC1387) (5 June 1995)

Flying, Blacksmith, Shire Horses, Brass, Sailing, Weaving, Milking, Breakdown

  • Rosie and Jim – Lovely Bananas and Other Stories (VC1390) (3 July 1995)

Digging for Potatoes, Pony Riding, Lovely Bananas, Splish Splash Splosh, Down on the Farm

  • Rosie and Jim – Bouncy Castles and Other Stories (VC1401) (4 September 1995)

The Hat Factory, The Disappearing Sausages, Bouncy Castles, A Special Dance, Flood on the Boat

  • Rosie and Jim – The Disappearing Sausages and Other Stories (VC1402) (2 October 1995)

Radio Station, Steam Train, Barn Owl, Musical Instruments, Ten-Pin Bowling, Splish, Splash, Splosh, Down On The Farm, The Disappearing Sausages, A Special Dance

  • Rosie and Jim – Soapy Duck and Other Stories (VC1409) (19 February 1996)

Soapy Duck, Scarecrow, Roller Skating, The Shoemaker, Stars at Night

  • Rosie and Jim – On Safari (VC1415) (7 October 1996)

On Safari, Little Lost Kitten, Stripes, Exercise, Making Pizza

  • Rosie and Jim – Acrobats (VC1416) (7 October 1996)

Acrobats, Earrings, Gondola, Mouse, Floating Restaurant

  • My Big Rosie and Jim – Chugging Along On The Old Ragdoll (VC1439) (17 March 1997)

Shop Window, Visiting the Vet, Bus Ride (also the name of a Tots TV episode) Dog Training, Winning the Race, The Milkman, Ballroom Dancing, The Umbrella Factory, Magical Lights, Sleep Baby

  • Rosie and Jim – Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning, Harmonica, Cake, Sing Song, Football

  • Rosie and Jim – Splish, Splash, Splosh (18 May 1998)

Splish, Splash, Splosh, Floating Restaurant, The Milkman, Making Pizza, Soapy Duck, Lovely Bananas, Ballroom Dancing, Shop Window, Roller Skating, Exercise

  • Rosie and Jim – Water Skiing (12 April 1999)

Water Skiing, Bike Ride, Gymnastic Jim, Down the Waterslide, Disco

  • Rosie and Jim – Music Party (5 July 1999)

Music Boat, Recording Studio, One Man Band, Chinese Lion Dance, Music Party

  • Rosie and Jim – The Biggest Messes Ever (27 September 1999)

Chimney Sweep, Do-It Yourself, Washing Day, Tomato Ketchup, Oodles of Noodles

  • Rosie and Jim – Fish Face and Other Animal Stories (1 November 1999)

Fish Face, Baby Elephant's Bathtime, Pony and Trap, Naughty Little Frog, Riding Lesson

  • Rosie and Jim – Splash (19 February 2001)

Washing Day, Baby Elephant's Bathtime, Down the Waterslide

  • Rosie and Jim – Bumper Special (Sticky Honey and Other Stories) (19 March 2001)

Sticky Honey, Radio Control, Reeds on the Roof, A Jacket for Neil, Mother's Day, Theatre, A New Chair, Runaway Roller Blades, Rosie's Rocks, Where's the Wedding Ring?, Artists at Work

  • Rosie and Jim – Up and Away (6 August 2001)

Hot Air Balloon, Riding Lesson, Bike Ride

Rosie and Jim- Big Ben Boing and Other Stories (2001) Big Ben, Window Cleaner, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Armour, Pigeons

  • Rosie and Jim – Summer Fun and Other Stories (24 September 2001)

Beach, Amazing Teddy, Golf, Stilts, Camping, Run, Neil Run

  • Rosie and Jim – Flashing Fire Engine (4 March 2002)

Flashing Fire Engine, Sticky Stick Up, Water, Water Everywhere, Anchor and Chain, Lifeboat Rescue, Hop to the Hospital

  • My Little Rosie and Jim – Christmas Lights
  • My Little Rosie and Jim 1995–2001
  • Big Video Box (2001)
  • Classic Collection Volume One (2003)

DVD[edit]

  • Rosie and Jim – Sticky Honey and Other Stories
  • Rosie and Jim – Flashing Fire Engine and Other Urgent Adventures
  • Rosie and Jim – Up, Up And Away and Other stories
  • Rosie and Jim – Bumper Pack 1 (released 28 March 2016)
  • Rosie and Jim – Bumper Pack 2 (released 3 October 2016)

Series guide[edit]

  • Series 1 25x15m with John Cunliffe "Fizzgog" First shown from 3 September 1990
  • Series 2 25x15m with John Cunliffe "Fizzgog" First shown from 30 September 1991
  • Series 3 25x11m with Pat Hutchins "Loopy Lobes" First shown from 6 January 1995
  • Series 4 20x11m with Pat Hutchins "Loopy Lobes" First shown from 12 January 1996
  • Series 5 20x11m with Neil Brewer "Tootle" First shown from 6 January 1997
  • Series 6 20x11m with Neil Brewer "Tootle" First shown from 5 January 1998
  • Series 7 20x11m with Neil Brewer "Tootle" First shown from 4 January 1999
  • Series 8 21x11m with Neil Brewer "Tootle" First shown from 3 January 2000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rosie and Jim: Ten-Pin Bowling – Pat Hutchins (1994)". YouTube. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012.

External links[edit]