1 9 9 2 (UK)
13 x 15 minute episodes
Under the floorboards of the old Arnold Bros. department store (Est. 1905) live the Nomes, thousands of 4-inch high people who believe that things like “Outside” and “Sun” and “Rain” are just old legends.
Then a group of new Nomes – Masklin (voiced by Joe McGann) and his family – arrive from the Outside that nobody believes in, bringing with them a black box called The Thing. The Thing can communicate with electricity, and right now the electricity is telling it that the store – their entire world – is about to be demolished.
The inventor Dorcas (voiced by Brian Trueman) takes Masklin and Co. to meet the Abbott (voiced by Michael Hordern), the spiritual leader of the store. They are attacked by the Bandits of Corsetri along the way but are able to drive them away.
The Thing explains that the Nomes are in fact descended from a race whose spaceship crashed to earth 15,000 years ago.
With the aid of The Thing, Masklin masterminds a dangerous plan for the Nomes to escape from the store before it is demolished – striking as the contents of the store are being loaded into trucks. and stealing a lorry of their own.
As the series ends, Arnold Bros. goes up in flames as Masklin and Co. crash their way out of town, disabling a pursuing police car on the way.
Truckers was an extremely faithful adaptation of the novel by Terry Pratchett with stop-motion animation provided by Cosgrove Hall.
Episodes of the Thames Television series aired on ITV on Friday afternoons. The episodes were joined together in 1993 and released on video as a 110-minute feature film.
Old Torrit, Count De Ironmongri
Angelo De Haberdasheri
Duke De Haberdasheri
Gurder of the Stationeri
Dorcas Del Icatessen
Abbot of the Stationeri
Dave the Policeman