1 9 8 7 – 1 9 9 5 (UK)
35 x 20 minute episodes
Granada Television produced this lunchtime preschool children’s show for ITV. The premier episode aired on Wednesday 7 January 1987.
The show entertained through the dramatic reenaction of real-life conflicts and problems that touched the everyday lives of children.
The regular cast comprised Bonzo (Andrew Wightman), Natty (Vivienne McKone), Jiffy (Wayne Jackman) and Spike (Virginia Radcliffe).
Natty and Spike the Dog were later dropped from the cast and were replaced by Virginia, played by Virginia Radcliffe, who had previously portrayed Spike. Radcliffe eventually left the cast and was replaced by Jane Cox as ‘JJ’.
Puppet characters included “Box” (a talking cardboard box) operated by Julie Westwood and Mouldy The Mole, operated by Robert Skidmore.
The series was renamed Gigglish Allsorts in 1994.
Spike the Dog/Virginia
Mouldy The Mole