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Tots TV
Tots TV (Logo).png
The official logo of this show.
Developed byRagdoll Productions
Directed by
  • Rob Ollerton
  • Tom Poole
  • Nick Hayward-Young
  • Robin Toyne
StarringVéronique Déroulède
Claire Carre
Alexandra Hogg
Andrew Davenport
Robin Stevens
ComposerAndrew McCrorie-Shand
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languagesEnglish, French (Spanish in the US version)
No. of episodes276[1]
Production
ProducerAnne Wood
Cinematography
  • Mike Callan
  • Brian Owens
  • Andy Martin
  • Derek Gruszeckyj
Editors
  • Johnathan Bravo
  • Howard Dell
  • Gareth Maynard
  • Julia Weaver
  • Nigel Buck
Running time10-25 minutes
Production companiesRagdoll Productions
Central Independent Television (1993–1995)
Carlton UK Productions (1995–1998)
Release
Original networkITV
Original release4 January 1993 (1993-01-04) –
27 April 1998 (1998-04-27)

Tots TV is a British children's television programme, produced by Ragdoll Productions and Central. The series was first telecast in the UK on the ITV network (part of CITV) from 1993 to 1998.

Development

Tots TV was written by two of its puppeteers, Robin Stevens (Tom) and Andrew Davenport (Tiny).

Characters

The programme focuses on three puppets: Tilly, a French girl, with red hair and pale skin, who speaks in basic French (changed to English in French broadcasts, and changed to Spanish in the US version), Tom, a blue-haired boy with dark skin, who is smart, and Tiny, the youngest Tot, who is smaller than the others and has green hair and pale skin. It also includes their pet Donkey who lives in a stable next to the Tots' secret house and a mischievous little dog named Furryboo that the Tots do not know about.

Voices

  • Tilly (played by three actresses – initially Véronique Déroulède, then Claire Carre and later Alexandra Hogg [María Moscardó in the US version]).
  • Tom (played by Robin Stevens [Mark Heenehan in the US version])
  • Tiny (played by Andrew Davenport)

Plots

Going out

Often but never always the Tots would go out to explore an everyday area on the real world. This often involved them helping out a young child. This also sometimes involved them using their magic sack which they always took with them, Tiny always carried it and Tilly always operated it. When asked to help it would always produce one item to help them in the situation.

Staying in

In many other episodes the Tots would do something in their house - the secret house. Because the full titles featured the Tots leaving the house they were altered for such episodes. Often these episodes would feature one of the Tots reading the other two a story. These episodes always feature the reading Tot preparing to read using dolls of the characters in the story. Apparently the other two were unaware they were preparing to read a story because they would always ring them up on their personal phone to ask if they wanted to listen to a story. This was despite the fact they all lived in the same house.

Other

If the episode was a full-length double-bill (regularly the first half with Jane and the second half an adventure in the secret house) in the earlier episodes, they would be joined with a two-minute animation of a 'Noah's Ark' story (based on the toy "Noah's Ark in the Secret House") or an animation of a picture that a viewer had sent into the program.

Running Gags

  • Furryboo is always causing mischief or even helping the Tots out (one such moment was when he helped put the star on the top of their Christmas tree), but they never know he's there.
  • When things go wrong or the Tots are just being silly, they call each other names like "Banana", "Sausage" and "Tomato".
  • The Tots have telephones which signify their favourite colour with the same phone number of 12345, that they use to communicate with each other, even if they are only a small space away.

Productions

Central Television 1993 - 1997 Carlton Television 1997 - 1998

Episodes

Episodes Included:

  1. Middle Of The Night
  2. Hippo
  3. Furry Beat
  4. Tom's Trumpet
  5. Old McTom
  6. Tiny's Box Song
  7. Tilly's Recorder
  8. Castle
  9. Cleaning Windows
  10. Birthday Surprise
  11. Naughty Little Pig
  12. Tiny Leaves Home
  13. Lost in the Supermarket
  14. Postwoman
  15. What's That Noise?
  16. Vegetable Guard
  17. Disco Machine
  18. A Sticky Mess
  19. Missing the Bus
  20. Naughty Mysterious Person
  21. The Dentist
  22. Owl
  23. Hedgehog
  24. Peacock
  25. Bus Ride
  26. Rabbit
  27. Space Robots
  28. Tiny's Box
  29. Rhino
  30. Dreamy Tilly
  31. Bike Ride
  32. Donkey Ride
  33. Fox
  34. Camel
  35. Roller Skating
  36. Lemur
  37. Snail
  38. Hedgehog
  39. Windy Day
  40. Apple Picking
  41. Kittens
  42. Playground
  43. Bike Ride
  44. Dress
  45. Peacock
  46. Dog
  47. Elephant

Telecast

The series was first telecast in the UK on the ITV network (part of CITV). Later, CBeebies, BBC's television channel for younger children, picked up the series from 2004, where it first aired on the BBC Two block as well as the CBeebies channel, on the 19th of April.[1]

Internationally, the series was also telecast in the United States on the PBS network from 1996 to 2002 with Tilly speaking Spanish, instead of French.[2] In 2000, Discovery Kids broadcast the series throughout Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Falkland Islands.[3] In Holland, the series is aired on Kindernet.

Awards

The series won two BAFTA awards for its producer Anne Wood and director Vic Finch.

Specials

A number of special episodes of the series were produced for both TV and VHS release, including a short series of episodes set in the USA, a 'Big Treasure Adventure' set on a pirate ship from England to Australia and several Christmas specials, including one filmed in Rovaniemi, Finland.

A series of educational Tots Video specials were originally released by Video Collection International in 1997 (later reprinted by Carlton in 2000) included hour-long episodes based on the alphabet, numbers, animals and basic French.

VHS releases

Videotapes of the series were originally released by Video Collection International under their Central Video imprint from 1993 until 1994, and transitioned off to Carlton Home Entertainment afterwards and later Granada Ventures.

  • Year 1993: Camel and other stories (VC1299)

(Camel, Beach, Fox)

  • Year 1993: Hedgehog and other stories (VC1300)

(Trains, Hedgehog, Dress)

  • Year 1993: Owl and other stories (VC1303)

(Bike Ride, Owl, Donkey Ride)

  • Year 1993: Peacock and other stories (VC1307)

(Peacock, Bus Ride, Rabbit)

  • Year 1993: Elephant and other stories (VC1313)

(Horse, Baby Party, Elephant)

  • Year 1993: Apple Picking and other stories (VC1315)

(Apple Picking, Kittens, Playground)

  • Year 1994: Dog and other stories (VC1322)

(Woodlouse, Cars, Dog)

  • Year 1994: Roller Skating and other stories (VC1323)

(Lemur, Roller Skating, Snail)

  • Year 1994: Giraffe and other stories (VC1324)

(Rockpool, Giraffe, Dentist)

  • Year 1994: Wiggly Worms and other stories (VC1325)

(How Does Your Garden Grow?, Wiggly Worms, Cleaning Windows)

  • Year 1994: Windy Day and other stories (VC1327)

(Penguin, Windy Day, The Hungry Nanny Goat)

  • Year 1994: Bumper Special: Bike Ride and other stories (VC1361)

(Dress, Bike Ride, Donkey Ride, Peacock, Cars, Dog)

  • Year 1995: The Funny Noises Band and other stories (VC1384)

(Mountain Climbing, The Funny Noises Band, Tiny's Storybook (Little Red Car), Fluffy Little Chicks, Dressing Up, Bubbles)

  • Out to Sea and other stories

(Splashing in the Pool, Hippo in the Garden, Colours, Out to Sea, Tiny's Storybook, Bananas, Parcels)

  • Sticky Disasters and other stories

(Sticky Disasters, A Watery Surprise, Trouble in the Bathroom, Washing the Car, Blowing Bubbles, Big Banana Tom)

  • Lost Teddy and other stories

(Lost Teddy, Lost Button, The Vegetable Nibbler, A Very Clever Monkey, The Disappearing Trousers, Cable Car, Where is That Phone?)

  • Magical Secrets and other stories

(Magical Secrets, Tots In A Box, Magic In The Woods, Magic Balloons, Music Factory, Magical Night Time Garden, Secret Treasure Map)

  • Bumper Special: Donkey Ride and other stories

(Donkey Ride, At the Airport, Tiny's Storybook, Undersea Adventure, It's Only Thunder, Safety on the Beach, Fun on the Beach, Donkey Cake, Watering the Garden, Ants, Naughty Little Fly, Melon Cheese, Rainy Day, Koala)

  • Secret Magic Parcels and other stories

(The Secret Magic Parcels, Fishes, A Noisy Surprise, Tom's Storybook, Looking in the Mirror, Feeding the Calves)

  • Fluffy Little Chicks and other stories

(Fluffy Little Chicks, It's a Cockerel, Milking a Cow, Raspberry Picking, Tom's Storybook, A Pool for the Ducks)

  • Super Tiny and other stories

(Super Tiny, Laundrette, King of the Castle, Tom's Storybook, Naughty Mysterious Person, Iguana)

  • Flying High and other stories

(Flying High, Tom's Storybook, The Village Band, Sticky Surprise, Tilly's Storybook, Sea Lions, Three Little Pigs, Doctor, Tiny's Storybook, A Special Party Cake)

  • A Painting Surprise and other stories

(Lost In the Supermarket, Tilly's Storybook, Tiny Leaves Home, The Naughty Little Pig, A Sticky Mess, A Painting Surprise)

  • The Runaway Horse and other stories

(The Runaway Horse, Tiny's Storybook, A Doughy Squeezy Surprise, Sausage Surprise, A Rainy Day, Sandcastles)

  • The Lighthouse and other stories

(The Lighthouse, Party Time, Tom's Storybook, Blowing Games, Song Window, Flamingoes)

  • Hopping Day and other stories

(Sheep, Boing Boing, Tilly's Storybook, All Fall Down, Naughty Old Ball, Hopping Day)

  • Birthday Surprise and other stories

(Birthday Surprise, Dress, Peacock)

  • Cuddly Bunnies and other stories

(Cuddly Bunnies, Splish Splash Splosh, New Shoes, Spring Cleaning, Chinchilla, Smart Day, Flower Friend)

  • Naughty Puppies and other stories

(The Naughty Puppies, Tom's Storybook, Accidents Will Happen, The Dirty Old Boat, Watering the Garden, A Watery Surprise)

  • Hamster and other stories

(The Happy Hamster, Squashed Donkey, Guide Dog, Animal Concert, The Funny Furry Otter, A Cat Called Brian, Zebras)

  • Bumper Special: Penguin and other stories

(Penguin, Windy Day, The Hungry Nanny Goat, How Does Your Garden Grow, Wiggly Worms, Cleaning Windows)

  • Wobbly Jellies and other stories

(Wobbly Jellies, Feeding the Ducks, Tom's Fast Food Takeaway, A Special Cake, Tom's Storybook, Baking Bread, Hippo)

  • Bumper Special: Kittens and other stories

(Apple Picking, Kittens, Playground, Horse, Baby Party, Elephant)

  • Dentist and other stories

(Dentist, Owl, Rockpool)

  • Bumper Special: Camping and other stories

(Camping, Painting, Lovely Old Toad, The Big Wheel, Tom's Storybook, Balancing Surprise, Donkey Goes Missing, Paper Boats)

  • Bumper Special: At the Beach and other stories

(At the Beach, Trains, Rockpool, Owl, Dentist, Hedgehog)

  • Boing Boing and other stories

(Boing Boing, Lemur, Jumping Up and Down, Hopping Day)

  • Naughty Little Pigs and other stories

(Naughty Little Pigs, Sheep, Feeding the Calves, Three Little Pigs)

  • Tiny Leaves Home and other stories

(Tiny Leaves Home, Lost in the Supermarket, Dressing Up)

  • Mountain Climbing and other stories

(Mountain Climbing, Tom's Storybook, Out to Sea)

  • Bumper Special: Fox and other stories

(Fox, Roller-Skating, Camel, Giraffe, Snail, Woodlouse)

  • Bubbles and other stories

(Bubbles, A Rainy Day, Splashing in the Pool, A Watery Surprise)

  • Fishes and other stories

(Fishes, Tom's Storybook, Looking in the Mirror)

  • Sing Song Adventures

(Furry Beat, Tom's Trumpet, Disco Machine, Grand Old Duke of York, Tom Sings La La La, Old McTom, Tilly's Flute)

  • Snowy Adventure

(60-minute Special)

  • Bedtime Stories

(Bedtime Stories, Bath, Far Away Star, Street Lamps, Night Time Teddy Adventure, Fun with Shadows, Time for Bed)

  • Summer Holiday Adventures

(Afternoon Adventure, Watching the Dolphins, Building a Playhouse, The Loch Ness Monster, Jumping Kangaroos, King of the Castle, Little Boats Big Boats)

  • Seaside Holiday Fun

(At the Beach, Donkey Ride, Rockpool)

  • Zoo Animals

(Camel, Elephant, Giraffe)

  • Furry Friends

(Little Kittens, Cuddly Bunnies, A Happy Dog)

DVD

  • Birthday Surprise and other stories - (3 Episodes)
  • The Adventures of Tilly, Tom And Tiny - (11 Episodes)
  • Naughty Little Puppies and other stories - (6 Episodes)
  • Snowy Adventure - (60 Minute Special + 2 Bonus Episodes)

Special releases

In 1997, four special VHS tapes were originally released under the name Tots Video. The four titles were re-released by Carlton Video in 2000 with the same titles. The four titles were:

  • Tilly, Tom and Tiny's Animal Adventures
  • Tilly, Tom and Tiny's A,B,C
  • Tilly, Tom and Tiny's Fun with French
  • Tilly, Tom and Tiny's 1,2,3

References

  1. ^ a b "Ragdoll Story". Ragdoll.co.uk. Archived from the original on 4 November 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  2. ^ "PBS Premieres New Episodes of 'Tots TV' and 'Teletubbies'. - Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Ragdoll has licensed Tots TV to Discovery Kids for broadcast through Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Falkland Islands, writes Georgina Lipscomb. The Itsy Bity Entertainment Company, R | News | Broadcast". Broadcastnow.co.uk. 21 July 2000. Retrieved 20 September 2013.

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