Tickle on the Tum

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Tickle on the Tum
Starring Ralph McTell
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 118
Running time 10 mins
Original channel ITV
Original release 5 November 1984 – 29 November 1988

Tickle On The Tum was a series of ten minute programmes for young children produced by Granada Television and aired on the ITV network from 1984 until 1988.[1] The series was set in a shop in the fictional village of Tickle-on-the-Tum (the humorous double-meaning of the title was explained obliquely in the theme song). The original presenters were folk-singer Ralph McTell, fresh from his stint on Granada's other children's series Alphabet Zoo, and Danuschia Harwood. From about the middle of the second series, Harwood was replaced by Jacqueline Reddin. In the final series, Reddin became the show's lead presenter and sang the theme song, after McTell returned to his recording career.


Ralph and Danni (or Jacqui depending which series you were in) would be working in the shop when a local resident would come in and recount at length an incident in their week. A song, written and sung with guitar by McTell, would follow based around either the week's story or simply the visiting character. Pet-shop proprietor Bunny was played by Nerys Hughes, McTell's co-presenter on Alphabet Zoo, while favourite characters amongst children were bumbling odd-job man Barney Bodger, Mike the Milkman and G.P. Dr Dimple, played by Bill Oddie.

Cast and Characters[2][3][edit]

Series Guide[edit]

  • Series 1: 18 editions 5 November 1984 – 1 April 1985
  • Series 2: 31 editions 2 September 1985 – 23 June 1986
  • Series 3: 30 editions 1 September 1986 – 30 March 1987 (Including one 25 minute Christmas special)
  • Series 4: 39 editions 8 February 1988 – 29 November 1988


The complete first series has been released on DVD on 23 August 2010,[4] albeit with a warning from the BBFC that it contained "outdated racial attitudes".[5]


  1. ^ Hockenhull, Chris. "Streets of London: The Official Biography of Ralph McTell", p. 109. Northdown, 1997. ISBN 1-900711-02-8.
  2. ^ "Tickle on the Tum – Stories and Songs" Cassette inlay, St Michael, 1984.
  3. ^ "Tickle on the Tum – The Complete Series One" DVD inlay, Revelation Films, 2010.
  4. ^ Revelation Films. “Tickle on the Tum Series 1”. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  5. ^ Daily Telegraph: Films that outraged viewers in 2010