at the bottom of the garden,
Among the birds and the bees,
Live a lot of little people,
They call the Poddington Peas!"
At the bottom of the garden, you'll find
a little village of upturned flower pots.
This is Poddington, and it's the home
of an extraordinary community of
walking, talking garden peas.
That's right. Peas.
At last count, there were at least 34
different pea characters residing in this
jolly village, and they tend to take their
names, employment and/or character
traits from english words or phrases that feature
"pea", or end in "py".
Thus, Zip-pea is super-fast, Grump-pea
is always moaning, Snoop-pea is
a Sherlockian detective, Sweep-pea is a roadsweeper,
etc. Poddington has
its very own newspaper in the form of "The
Podding Press", edited by
Scoop-pea. And it also has two resident bad
peas, in the shape of
pointy-nosed Creep-pea and eyepatched Black-Eyed
Pea , who are
a recognisably darker shade than the rest of the
vilagers, both in deed
and pea colour.
The Poddington Peas were created by Paul
Needs, and they were originally
conceived as a series of storytime tales
told to his own youngsters. In 1986
he teamed up with artist Colin Wyatt and
together they produced a series
of Poddington books. They were subsequently
awarded a series
commission by the BBC.
In 1992 Poddington plc brought writer
Phil Gardner onboard to help put together
some new stories. Specifically, they wanted
a pilot to take to American
broadcasters. Now billed as "The Wonderful World
of Poddington", the new
series was going to incorporate two equally-new sets
of characters designed
once more by Colin Wyatt and called The Bugz
and The Freshwater Friends.
Although the series never made it to our screens,
has put three of these
abandoned stories on his web
site, for our viewing pleasure, as well as
one of Colin's design pages for The Bugz.
Look for them in his
"Bits & Pieces" section.
Those potty peas have proven to be perenially
popular. Currently, plans are
afoot to bring us an all-new pea-green
CG Poddington series. You can read
all about it, and even watch a clip, over
on the official
Ssh. Don't mention humans. There are none
in the series. We're also
not told where Poddington is, precisely,
or how it came to be. Which is
just as well, because those peas wouldn't
appreciate us stomping all over
their flowerpots in our great gardening
Maybe they live somewhere near The
Pondles? Or maybe, they're near
to the real-life village of Podington (one
"d"), in Bedfordshire?
Colin Wyatt has a background in young children's
comics. He spent twenty
years at Amalgamated Press, drawing for "Tiny
Tots", "Jack & Jill", and
"Playhour". He then moved on
to IPC where he drew for "Disney Comic",
before becoming the art editor for "2000ad"
(1978-1980). He's been working
freelance since then...
Here are those 34 peas...
Bump-pea (accident prone)
Captain Hop-pea (one-legged sailor)
Skip-pea (skipping youngster)
Sweet Pea (cute girl)
Garden Pea (gardener)
Creep-pea (bad guy)
Black-Eyed Pea (cohort)
Hip-pea (60's throwback)
Nap-pea (Penele-pea's baby)
P.C. Pod (policeman)
Pop-pea (old guy)
Scrap-pea (trash collector)
Sleep-pea (always tired)
Slop-pea (messy artist)
Wee McPea (small Scots pea)
The Vegetable Show
Gets Carried Away
Mound of Trouble
Well Done Dump-pea
Zip-pea Saves the Day
Poddle Island Mystery
Dough-pea Gets Lost
Creep-pea's Christmas Surprise
The series premiered on BBC1,
on 14th September 1989....
a Cairnvale Production for Poddington
series director: Pat
executive producer: Ian
original designs: Colin
music and lyrics: Geoff
MacLeod, Heather Pedley
animation director: Tony
Hales, Simon (Jiminy) Turner,
Hales, Billy Allison
Marsden, Lisa Stephenson,
Durrans, Beverley Allan
paint and trace
title animation: Harold
Murch, Louise Harding
The official site....
The peas' artist...
Their "wonderful" writer...
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