The Adventures of Portland Bill
|Created by||John Grace|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Original network||ITV Network|
|Original release||4 October 1983|
The Adventures of Portland Bill is a British stop motion animated children's television series made in 1983. It is set in a fictional lighthouse on the Guillemot Rock, just off the coast from the fictional village of McGuillycuddy. Norman Rossington provides the voice of all the characters, with Portland Bill acting as the narrator of each episode.
These live in the lighthouse:
- Portland Bill: lighthouse keeper
- Ross and Cromarty (see also Ross and Cromarty): his assistants
- Dogger: his dog
The rest of the characters live elsewhere:
- Fastnet: fisherman, lives on the island
- Mrs. Lundy: owns cottage on mainland
- Grandma Tiree: makes oatcakes for the lighthousemen
- Inspector Ronaldsway: belongs to the lighthouse service
- Finisterre: owns a croft
- Eddy Stone: owns the village shop
- Young Gail: lives in McGuillycuddy
- McGuillycuddy: a village on the mainland overlooking the lighthouse island: named after the real Macgillycuddy's Reeks in Ireland
Whilst commonly believed to be based on the real Portland Bill Lighthouse and Isle of Portland, there is no evidence to back this up beyond the main character having the name Portland Bill. In fact, with the name of the nearest village, and the proximity of a Croft owned by Finisterre the Crofter, there is evidence to suggest it is actually based in Scotland.
- The Puffin: rowboat, belongs to Portland Bill.
- The Kipper: used by Eddy Stone and Inspector Ronaldsway.
- Originated by: John Grace
- Director of Animation: Barry Leith
- Designed by: John Grace, Barry Leith
- Assistant Animators: Humphrey Leadbitter, Heather Boucher
- Model Makers: Martin Cheek, Gordon Tait, Linda Thodesen
- Music by: John Grace, Mik Parsons
- Editor: Robert Dunbar
- Assistant Editor: Andi Sloss
- Production Coordinator: Barrie Edwards
- Stories Adapted for TV by: Ian Sachs
- Executive Producer: Graham Clutterbuck
- Series 1: 13 editions from 4 October 1983 – 3 January 1984
- Series 2: 13 editions from 9 April 1986 – 25 June 1986
- The series was narrated by actor of Spooner's Patch and Big Jim and the Figaro Club, Norman Rossington.
- In the US, the show was redubbed in 1990 by Canadian voice actor Garry Chalk, and was broadcast on Disney Channel
- The show also aired on ABC in Australia (10 August 1987 – 28 February 1992).
Snapdragon Video released a collection of 10 Portland Bill stories:
|Title||Catalogue number||Release date||Episodes|
|Portland Bill: 10 Stories from the Classic TV Series||SD 9001||7 October 1991|
In the 1990s Castle Communications Plc released three videos with four episodes (or eight stories) each:
|VHS Name||Castle Vision Catalogue Number||Playbox Catalogue Number||Episodes|
|Portland Bill: 45 Minutes of Fun||CVS 4040||PVC 145|
|Portland Bill: Four Original Episodes||CVS 4041||PVC 146|
|Portland Bill: Four Classic Adventures||CVS 4042||PVC 147|
Abbey Home Media released two DVDs containing twenty four episodes from the first season. The episodes are presented in single bill format and do not include the songs that were originally featured between two episodes each.
|The Adventures Of Portland Bill: Changeable Weather||12 June 2006|
|The Adventures Of Portland Bill: Atmospheric Interference||26 March 2007|