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Inigo Pipkin/Pipkins

1 9 7 3 – 1 9 8 1 (UK)
313 x 30 minute episodes

Inigo Pipkin was a puppet maker. Hartley Hare, Pig, Tortoise, Octavia the Ostrich and Topov were a group of animals who lived with Inigo and ran an organisation called The Help People.

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Tortoise lived on the cash register of the shop and looked after the cash. Pig was an inventor (and had a lab in the cellar), Topov was a (very ugly) monkey who lived in a treehouse in the garden and Hartley Hare was the boss (or thought he was) and always craved to be the centre of attention.

This ATV series began in 1973 as a show called Inigo Pipkin, starring George Woodbridge as the titular Mr P.

Unfortunately, George died during the second season so the show was re-named simply Pipkins and continued on with Inigo’s assistant Johnny (Wayne Laryea, pictured above) and the ‘animals’.

Johnny left Pipkins around 1978, to be replaced by Tom (Jonathan Kydd, pictured below), who also moved on in 1980 to be replaced by Peter Potter (Paddy O’Hagan). In later years Sue Nicholls made regular appearances as neighbour, Mrs Muddle.

Pipkins ended when ATV lost its franchise for the Midlands ITV region, was restructured and became Central Independent Television. The programme was replaced by Let’s Pretend.

Inigo Pipkin 
George Woodbridge
Johnny

Wayne Laryea
Bertha

Jumoke Debayo
Hartley Hare

Nigel Plaskitt
Tortoise

Nigel Plaskitt
Topov/Octavia

Heather Tobias
Lorain Bertorelli
Elizabeth Lindsay
Pig

Heather Tobias
Lorain Bertorelli
Anne Rutter
Alex Knight
Mooney the Badger

Nigel Plaskitt
Mrs P

Diana Eden
Tom
Jonathan Kydd
Mrs Muddle

Sue Nicholls
Narrator

Nigel Plaskitt
Peter Potter
Paddy O’Hagan