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Cockleshell Bay

1 9 8 0 – 1 9 8 6 (UK)
104 x 10 minute episodes

“Cheese and chutney sandwiches” . . .

This charming British animated series from Cosgrove Hall featured two children – Robin and Rosie Cockle – who have moved with their parents, Helen and Christopher, to the seaside town of Cockleshell Bay to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and open a guest house called the Bucket & Spade.

“Gran” Routy (no relation to the family) helped out at the house. Robin and Rosie’s friends included Mr Ezikiel Shipham (known locally as “Mr Ship”), Mr McGinty and his donkey Fury (whom Mr Ship looked after), as well as Ben Gunn the “pirate seagull”.

In the later series, Robin and Rosie had a baby sister called Holly.

Cockleshell Bay began as a regular story feature on Rainbow before graduating to its own lunchtime weekday slot on ITV.

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Brian Trueman