The Wombles (1996 TV series)

The Wombles is a Canadian/British animated series for children transmitted in 1997 and 1998, based on the 1973 series created by Elisabeth Beresford . The Wombles had remained popular with children into the 1980s.[1] After FilmFair was acquired by the Canadian company Cinar Films in 1996, a new series of episodes was made, with three new Womble characters. In the UK, the series was purchased by ITV.[2]

The Wombles
GenreChildren
Created byElisabeth Beresford
Written by
Directed byJohn Ellis
Voices of
Theme music composerMike Batt
Country of originCanada
United Kingdom
No. of series3
No. of episodes52
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Cassandra Schafhausen
CinematographyMark Bond
Editor(s)Andi Sloss
Running time10 minutes
Production company(s)Cinar
FilmFair
Release
Original networkITV Network (CITV)
Original release5 March 1997 
10 November 1998
Chronology
Preceded byThe Wombles

Episode list

Series 1 (1997)

No. Title Original air date
01"The Ghost of Wimbledon Common"5 March 1997 (1997-03-05)
Bungo and Tomsk think they've seen a ghost.
02"Orinoco the Magnificent"12 March 1997 (1997-03-12)
Orinoco becomes convinced he can do magic when a new arrival turns up.
03"Tomsk to the Rescue"19 March 1997 (1997-03-19)
Tomsk saves Shansi Tarzan-style.
04"Madame Cholet's Day Off"26 March 1997 (1997-03-26)
Madame Cholet is driven out of the Burrow after a bad day.
05"Shansi's Surprise"2 April 1997 (1997-04-02)
A surprise party is planned for Shansi.
06"Beautiful Boating Weather"9 April 1997 (1997-04-09)
The young Wombles go boating, but Stepney is scared of water.
07"Camping and Cloudberries"16 April 1997 (1997-04-16)
Bungo believes there's a dragon on the prowl when the young Wombles go camping.
08"Any Womble for Tennis?"23 April 1997 (1997-04-23)
Orinoco, Alderney and Shansi accidentally cause a scene at Wimbledon.
09"Out of This Earth"30 April 1997 (1997-04-30)
After hearing the story of the Womble pirate One-Eyed Jamaica, Stepney goes treasure-hunting.
10"MacWomble Is Coming"7 May 1997 (1997-05-07)
Cairngorm MacWomble the Terrible visits the Wimbledon Burrow.
11"Spring into Action"14 May 1997 (1997-05-14)
12"Hola Obidos"26 May 1997 (1997-05-26)
13"Welcome Back Bungo"28 May 1997 (1997-05-28)

Series 2 (1998)

No. Title Original air date
01"Car Trouble"6 January 1998 (1998-01-06)
02"Deep Space Wombles"13 January 1998 (1998-01-13)
03"Orinoco's Sick Day"20 January 1998 (1998-01-20)
04"Wild News Chase"29 January 1998 (1998-01-29)
05"MacWomble the Charming"10 February 1998 (1998-02-10)
06"Rainy Daze"17 February 1998 (1998-02-17)
07"Great Cake Mystery"23 February 1998 (1998-02-23)
08"Bigfoot Womble"3 March 1998 (1998-03-03)
09"Chaos on the Common"10 March 1998 (1998-03-10)
10"Weather Or Not"17 March 1998 (1998-03-17)
11"Trouble at the Thames"24 March 1998 (1998-03-24)
12"Great Womble Explorer"31 March 1998 (1998-03-31)
13"Womble Winterland"7 April 1998 (1998-04-07)

Series 3 (1998)

No. Title Original air date
01"New Year! New You!"6 October 1998 (1998-10-06)
02"Alderney's Big Break"7 October 1998 (1998-10-07)
03"The Thingummawotsit"8 October 1998 (1998-10-08)
04"The Sleep Wombler"9 October 1998 (1998-10-09)
05"A Life in the Day of Madame Cholet"12 October 1998 (1998-10-12)
06"Wom-TV"13 October 1998 (1998-10-13)
07"Star Struck"14 October 1998 (1998-10-14)
08"Practically Joking"15 October 1998 (1998-10-15)
09"Tomsk's Pen Pal"16 October 1998 (1998-10-16)
10"What's a Womble"19 October 1998 (1998-10-19)
11"Queen for a Day"20 October 1998 (1998-10-20)
12"The Womble Races"21 October 1998 (1998-10-21)
13"The Womble Times"22 October 1998 (1998-10-22)
14"Fancy! Fancy Dress"23 October 1998 (1998-10-23)
15"Time Travelling Tomsk"26 October 1998 (1998-10-26)
16"Bungo Bingo"27 October 1998 (1998-10-27)
17"The Thames Burrow Adventure"28 October 1998 (1998-10-28)
18"The Wombles of Our Discontent"29 October 1998 (1998-10-29)
19"Riddle Me This"30 October 1998 (1998-10-30)
20"Unlucky Me"2 November 1998 (1998-11-02)
21"Nanny Alexandria Comes to Stay"3 November 1998 (1998-11-03)
22"The Unwelcome Womble"4 November 1998 (1998-11-04)
23"Shansi's Spider"5 November 1998 (1998-11-05)
24"Anchors Aweigh"6 November 1998 (1998-11-06)
25"Womble Inventor of the Year"9 November 1998 (1998-11-09)
26"A Visit to the Highland Burrow"10 November 1998 (1998-11-10)

References

  1. Childs, Martin (3 January 2011). "Elisabeth Beresford: Children's author who created the Wombles". Independent. London. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  2. "Underground, Overground – The Wombles get wired". BBC. 17 February 1998. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
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