Wizbit

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Wizbit
Created by Barry Murray
Paul Daniels
Starring Paul Daniels
Debbie McGee
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 27
Production
Running time 12 x 25mins, 15 x 10mins
Release
Original network BBC1
Original release 1986 – 1988

Wizbit is a 1980s BBC children's television show about an alien magician, Wizbit. It starred conjuror Paul Daniels and wife Debbie McGee.[1][2]

The series is set in Puzzleopolis, a town inhabited by walking, talking sponge-balls, dice, magic wands, playing cards and rabbits, where the protagonists must solve puzzles. Wizbit's year-and-a-day mission is to find out all about planet Earth.

The show is partly educational, with the (often lateral thinking) puzzles Wizbit is set often being presented to the audience at home, with the solutions being revealed towards the end of the episode. Wizbit's magic word was "Ostagazuzulum", and he came from the planet WOW, an acronym for "World Of Wizards".[3]

The show was created by Barry Murray, who had formerly been Mungo Jerry's record producer, with assistance from Daniels. Its theme tune is based on a song by Lead Belly, named "Ha-Ha This A Way", sung by Daniels. All rights to characters and designs were retained by Daniels, and the music rights by Murray.

Characters[edit]

  • Wizbit, a large yellow cone-shaped wizard's hat, played by Tony Friel
  • Wooly, an 8-foot-tall (2.4 m) white rabbit, best friend of Wizbit, played by Norman Bowler
  • Squidgy Bog, a purple swamp monster, voiced by Martin Daniels
  • Professor Doom, a moustachioed evil genius and arch-villain who lives in a castle, which sits atop a giant stone fist in the sky. Played by Rob Inglis
  • Jinx, Professor doom's cat.
  • Wozbit, an evil version of Wizbit generated by Professor Doom
  • The Gatekeeper, a woman who guarded the gates to Puzzleopolis by refusing to let anyone in until they had solved a riddle, played by Vicky Licorish
  • Madame Martinka, a fortune teller who owned the magic shop in Puzzleopolis
  • Grocer Green, a greengrocer with green hair
  • Pierre Oe, a mime artist
  • Spoof & Bluff
  • Paul Daniels (playing himself) who owned the theatre in Puzzleopolis
  • Various townsfolk shaped like magician's props - spongeballs, dice, wands and so forth.
  • Troll, a hideous and vicious purple haired hag.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul Daniels' Wizbit returns to children's TV". Telegraph.co.uk. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Magician Paul Daniels diagnosed with incurable brain tumour". Sunday Post. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Is Wizbit the worst kids' TV programme ever?". Den of Geek. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 

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