The Wombles (1973 TV series)

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The Wombles
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The Wombles series 2 titles
Genre Children
Created by Elisabeth Beresford
Written by Elisabeth Beresford
Directed by Ivor Wood[1]
Voices of Bernard Cribbins
Theme music composer Mike Batt[2]
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 60
Producer(s) Graham Clutterbuck
Cinematography Barry Leith
Running time 5 mins
Original channel BBC1
First shown in 1973
Original release 5 February 1973 – 24 October 1975
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The Wombles is a stop motion animated British television series made in 1973–1975. The Wombles are fictional creatures that live underground, collecting and recycling human rubbish.

After the first Wombles book, published in 1968, was featured on the BBC1 children's television programme Jackanory,[3] the BBC commissioned producer FilmFair to create a television series of the books. The series was produced by Graham Clutterbuck and directed by Ivor Wood using stop-motion. The characters were all voiced by actor Bernard Cribbins. Sets and model making were by Barry Leith. Two series of 30, five-minute episodes were produced, with the first series airing in 1973, animated by Ivor Wood, and the second in 1975, animated by Barry Leith. In all, 60 episodes were produced.

The original television series was regularly screened for many years. After FilmFair was acquired by the Canadian company Cinar Films in 1996, a new series of episodes was created, with three new Womble characters. In the UK, the series was purchased by ITV and was screened on their CITV brand.

In late August 2013 it was announced that the Wombles would return with a new television series. Richard Desmond snapped up the rights to the new TV series which will consist of 26 episodes each 11 minutes in length. The new series will be made using computer-generated imagery (CGI) and is due to air in 2015 on Channel 5.[4][5][6]

Series One (1973)[edit]

  1. Orinoco & The Big Black Umbrella (5 February 1973): Orinoco goes for a spin on a windy day.
  2. The Rocking Chair (6 February 1973): Great Uncle Bulgaria's rocking chair breaks and Orinoco gets stuck in a tyre.
  3. A Sticky Ending (or A Sticky End) (7 February 1973)
  4. Great Uncle Bulgaria's Keep Fit Lesson (9 February 1973): Great Uncle Bulgaria relives his younger years with a football.
  5. A Safe Place (12 February 1973): Great Uncle Bulgaria needs somewhere to store an old history book.
  6. Peep-Peep-Peep (13 February 1973): Wellington invents a telephone using cans and string.
  7. The Purple Paw Mystery (14 February 1973): Tomsk makes a mess of making ink.
  8. Bungo's Birthday Party (16 February 1973): Bungo thinks the others have forgotten his birthday.
  9. The Invisible Womble (19 February 1973): Orinoco becomes convinced he's become invisible.
  10. Orinoco Sees The Light (20 February 1973)
  11. The Conkering Hero (21 February 1973): Wellington finds a new use for conkers.
  12. One Pair Of Feet (23 February 1973): Wellington nearly gets spotted by a Human Being and is saved via a cardboard box.
  13. Tobermory On Television (26 February 1973): Tobermory puts on his own TV show.
  14. Crossed Lines (27 February 1973)
  15. Blow The Womble Down (28 February 1973)
  16. Madame Cholet Returns (2 March 1973)
  17. Weighing In Time (18 June 1973): Orinoco is shamed into exercising by a new weighing machine.
  18. Musical Wombles (19 June 1973)
  19. Wombles And Ladders (20 June 1973)
  20. Orinoco And The Ghost (21 June 1973): Orinoco is reluctant to go out at night after hearing a scary story.
  21. A Game Of Golf (22 June 1973)
  22. North, South, East, West (25 June 1973)
  23. The Picnic (26 June 1973): Tomsk and Bungo foolishly trust Orinoco to carry their picnic basket.
  24. Games In The Snow (27 June 1973)
  25. The Snow Wombles (28 June 1973)
  26. What's Cooking? (29 June 1973): The Burrow chimney is blocked
  27. Spring Cleaning Time (2 July 1973)
  28. Marrow Pie (4 July 1973): Orinoco grows a marrow.
  29. The Cement Mixer (5 July 1973)
  30. The Circus Comes To Wimbledon (6 July 1973): The young Wombles put on circus acts.

Series Two (1975)[edit]

  1. Bungo Up A Tree (15 September 1975): Bungo gets stuck up a tree.
  2. Time And Slow Motion (16 September 1975): Tobermory organises the young Wombles' tidying-up methods.
  3. Tomsk In Trouble (17 September 1975)
  4. The Largest Womble In The World (18 September 1975): Orinoco uses a coat and a pair of boots to trick Bungo and Tomsk.
  5. Running Out Of Steam (19 September 1975): Wellington, Tomsk and Bungo make their own train.
  6. Orinoco's Midnight Feast (22 September 1975): Orinoco's greed ruins a midnight feast.
  7. Speak Up (23 September 1975): Tomsk accidentally joins the water pipe to the telephone pipe
  8. The Vanishing Pancake (24 September 1975)
  9. Madame Cholet & the Blackberries (25 September 1975): Nobody will pick any blackberries, and that makes Madame Cholet angry.
  10. The Fruit Machine (26 September 1975): Orinoco and Wellington make a 'mid-morning snack machine'.
  11. Portrait Of Great Uncle Bulgaria (29 September 1975): Great Uncle Bulgaria's portrait is ruined.
  12. Very Behind The Times (30 September 1975)
  13. Burrow Hot Line (1 October 1975)
  14. Trunk Call (2 October 1975): Tomsk gets stuck in a hollow tree trunk.
  15. MacWomble The Terrible (3 October 1975): A Scottish relative comes to stay.
  16. A Single Piper (6 October 1975)
  17. Porridge For Breakfast (7 October 1975)
  18. Highland Games (8 October 1975)
  19. Home Sickness (9 October 1975)
  20. Goodbye MacWomble (10 October 1975)
  21. Hiccups (13 October 1975): Tomsk and Bungo get hiccups after eating hot buttercup crumpets.
  22. Film Show (14 October 1975): Wellington makes a film about the Wimbledon Burrow.
  23. Pirate Gold (15 October 1975): Tomsk and Wellington hunt for pirate treasure.
  24. Warm & Cosy (16 October 1975): The Wimbledon Burrow needs insulating.
  25. Autumn Leaves (17 October 1975): Wellington, Orinoco and Tomsk invent a new way to collect fallen leaves.
  26. The Wombles Times (20 October 1975): The young Wombles make their own newspaper.
  27. Operation W.R.A.P. (21 October 1975): The young Wombles learn first aid.
  28. The Secret Snorer (22 October 1975): Orinoco is tasked with guarding the Wombles' herb garden.
  29. Womble Fool's Day (23 October 1975): The young Wombles play practical jokes.
  30. Womble Summer Party (24 October 1975): The young Wombles perform magic tricks.


  • World Womble Day (1990 - 25 mins special for CITV): The Wimbledon Wombles plan a surprise party for Great Uncle Bulgaria's 300th birthday.
  • The Wandering Wombles (1991 - 25 mins special for CITV)


  1. ^ "My family and other Wombles". Times (London). 11 August 2007. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  2. ^ "The world of Wombles author Elisabeth Beresford". BBC. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  3. ^ "Elisabeth Beresford". Daily Telegraph (London). 26 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  4. ^ "The Wombles return to TV on Channel 5 in 2015 - TV News - Digital Spy". Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  5. ^ "The Wombles to return on Channel 5 | Media | The Guardian". Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  6. ^ "The Wombles are coming back to TV - Telegraph". Retrieved 2014-01-23. 

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