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Trap Door, The

1 9 8 4 – 1 9 8 6 (UK)
40 x 5 minute episodes

“Don’t you open that Trap Door
You’re a fool if you dare
Stay away from that Trap Door
Cos’ there’s somethin’ down there!”

3D plasticine animation, featuring Berk, a blue creature who lives as a servant to the unseen cockney-voiced Thing Upstairs in an ancient dark castle.

With his master constantly hungry for cans of worms, boiled slimies and eyeball crush, episodes usually revolved around Berk desperately looking for food, often resorting to searches within the forbidden trap door that lay in the centre of the cellar quarters.

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Every time the trap door opened monsters and creatures would escape, leading to a new adventure for Berk and his pals; Boni (a talking disembodied skull) and Drutt (a mischievous spider-like creature).

Whenever something went wrong Berk would  exclaim “Oh Globbits!”

Creator and animator Terry Brain passed away in March 2016 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 60.

Willie Rushton