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Tots TV
Tilly, Tom and Tiny outside their secret house.
Developed byRagdoll Productions
StarringClaire Carre
Véronique Déroulède
Alexandra Hogg
Andrew Davenport
Robin Stevens
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languagesEnglish, French, Spanish
No. of episodes276[1]
Production
Running time10-25 minutes
Production companiesRagdoll Productions
Central Independent Television (1993–1995)
Carlton UK Productions (1995–1998)
Release
Original networkITV
Original release4 January 1993 (1993-01-04) –
27 April 1998 (1998-04-27)

Tots TV is a British children's television programme, produced by Ragdoll Productions and Central.

Characters

The programme features three ragdoll friends: Tilly, a French girl, with red hair and white skin, who speaks in basic French (changed to English in French broadcasts, and changed to Spanish in the American version), Tom, a blue-haired boy with dark skin and glasses, and Tiny, the youngest Tot, who is smaller than the others and has green hair and white skin. It also featured their pet Donkey who lived in a stable next to the tots' secret house and a mischievous little dog named Furryboo that the tots never knew about.

Broadcast

Tots TV was written by two of its puppeteers, Robin Stevens (Tom) and Andrew Davenport (Tiny). Tilly was played by three actresses – initially Véronique Déroulède, then Claire Carre and Alexandra Hogg. The series won two BAFTA awards for its producer Anne Wood and director Vic Finch. Originally broadcast in the UK on the ITV network (as part of CITV), CBeebies, the BBC's television channel for young children, picked up the series from 2004, where it first aired on the BBC Two block as well as the CBeebies channel, on the 19 April.[1]

The show was also broadcast in the United States on the PBS network from 1996 to 2002 with Tilly speaking Spanish, instead of French.[2] In 2000 Discovery Kids broadcast the series throughout Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Falkland Islands.[3]

Specials

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A number of special episodes of the series were produced for both television and VHS release, including a short series of episodes set in the United States of America, a 'Big Treasure Adventure' set on a pirate ship and several Christmas specials, including one filmed in Rovaniemi, Finland.

A series of educational Tots Video specials were produced by Ragdoll for Video Collection International in 1997 (later re-released by Carlton in 2000) included hour-long episodes based on the alphabet, numbers, animals and basic French.

Home Media

VHS tapes of the series were originally released by Video Collection International under their Central Video imprint from 1993 until 1994, and transitioned off to Carlton Home Entertainment afterwards and later Granada Ventures.

VHS releases

VHS Title Release Date Episodes
Tots TV - Camel and Other Stories (VC1299) 1993 Camel, Beach, Fox
Tots TV - Hedgehog and Other Stories (VC1300) 1993 Trains, Hedgehog, Dress
Tots TV - Owl and Other Stories (VC1303) 1993 Bike Ride, Owl, Donkey Ride
Tots TV - Peacock and Other Stories (VC1307) 1993 Peacock, Bus Ride, Rabbit
Tots TV - Elephant and Other Stories (VC1313) 1993 Horse, Baby Party, Elephant
Tots TV - Apple Picking and Other Stories (VC1315) 1993 Apple Picking, Kittens, Playground
Tots TV - Dog and Other Stories (VC1322) 1994 Woodlouse, Cars, Dog
Tots TV - Roller Skating and Other Stories (VC1323) 1994 Lemur, Roller Skating, Snail
Tots TV - Giraffe and Other Stories (VC1324) 1994 Rockpool, Giraffe, Dentist
Tots TV - Wiggly Worms and Other Stories (VC1325) 1994 How Does Your Garden Grow?, Wiggly Worms, Cleaning Windows
Tots TV - Windy Day and Other Stories (VC1327) 1994 Penguin, Windy Day, The Hungry Nanny Goat
Tots TV Bumper Special - Bike Ride and Other Stories (VC1361) 3 October 1994 Dress, Bike Ride, Donkey Ride, Peacock, Cars, Dog
Tots TV - The Funny Noises Band and Other Stories (VC1384) 1995 Mountain Climbing, The Funny Noises Band, Tiny's Storybook (Little Red Car), Fluffy Little Chicks, Dressing Up, Bubbles

DVD

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Special releases

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In 1997, four special VHS tapes were released under the name Tots Video. The four titles were re-released by Carlton Video in 2000 with the same titles. The four titles were:

References

  1. ^ a b "Ragdoll Story". Ragdoll.co.uk. Archived from the original on 4 November 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  2. ^ "PBS Premieres New Episodes of 'Tots TV' and 'Teletubbies'. - Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Ragdoll has licensed Tots TV to Discovery Kids for broadcast through Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Falkland Islands, writes Georgina Lipscomb. The Itsy Bity Entertainment Company, R | News | Broadcast". Broadcastnow.co.uk. 21 July 2000. Retrieved 20 September 2013.