Home Television Kids TV Paperplay


1 9 7 4 – 1 9 8 1 (UK)
97 x 10 minute episodes

Luscious Magpie presenter Susan Stranks showed us how to create useful things out of scrap paper and other bits of old crap laying around the house.

paperplay2Many of the items were frivolous (a prehistoric monster from egg boxes and cardboard, Norman helmets and tunics from cardboard and paper, a tortoise out of an empty cheese box, a kangaroo from an old cereal packet), but some were downright brilliant (a cardboard indicator to tell the milkman if you need more milk, anyone?).

Sue was joined by Boris the bug, Cardew the caterpillar and squeaky puppet spider pals Itsy and Bitsy in this Thames Television production.

Ms Stranks would occasionally dress up, including once as an Indian squaw (grrr!).

Puppetry and paper sculpture was by Norman Beardsley.