Westerham Arts LTD for the BBC
puppets: glove puppets episodes:
12min b/w episodes
"Once upon a time there were three
called Rag, Tag and Bobtail..."
the hedgehog, Tag the mouse, and Bobtail the rabbit joined the BBC's
"Watch With Mother" line-up in 1953.
The series was adapted from the stories
by Louise Cochrane and episodes were broadcast
every Thursday afternoon.
These three would embark on various gentle adventures,
with mishaps and
much ado along the way, but they'd always return
home snug and sound to
survive another day.
The three friends and stars were simple glove
puppet creations, operated within
a small woodland set. Bobtail was slightly more
sophisticated in construction
than his pals, because his ears could twitch.
Bobtail also had his own gaggle
of baby rabbits who would participate from time
to time. They were created as
a one-piece glove puppet, with a baby on each
So the puppets were simple, and the stories even simpler.
E. Stidwell told each tale slowly and carefully
as the puppets moved around their
restricted set. There was no
theme song to stick in the memory, and no
to lodge in the mind, which means that "Rag, Tag and Bobtail"
held in the quite the same esteem as its broadcast
companions. But even so,
for its time, it was a perfect little confection
of puppets and stories.
a Westerham Arts Ltd production
from the stories by Louise Cochrane
Lingstrom, Maria Bird puppeteers: Sam Williams,
Elizabeth Williams narrator: Charles
Details here of all the
Watch With Mother shows,
with pics and more...