Bumper Films for S4C-Wales
BBC and Prism
Art & Design animation: stop-motion animation episodes: 12 x 10mins
people live in the country,
Some people live in
the city or town..."
As the title song tells us, people live in
all sorts of places. Joshua Jones lives
on a canal boat with his dog Fairport and together
they take trips up and
down Clearwater Canal, delivering items and carrying
out tasks for the folks
at Biggott's Wharf and general having a fun
time on the water.
Joshua's friends and associates include a dizzy
blonde called Sharon who owns
a catering van, cheery Mrs Datsa Karia
and her son Ravi, the hungarian farmer Joe
Lasky, Daphne Peacock, get-rich-quick Mr Cashmore
and his not-so-money-hungry
daughter Fiona, and a lovable ginger twit called
"Joshua Jones" is another
Bumper Films production and the puppets share their
design with those starring in Fireman
Sam. That's because both series were originated
and designed by Rob Lee. What Joshua and Sam also share
are good solid stories, well told, with
the characters existing in superb little worlds.
Joshua's trips take in the waterways and
environs all the way from Cranford Depot
to Grimspoole: imaginary places, for sure,
but they feel very real. Joshua's canal
boat chugs past potteries, through tunnels
and rolling hills, and anyone who's
familiar with the industrial canalways of
our fair isle will feel right at home here.
That money-hungry philanderer Mr Cashmore
regularly gets his come-uppance
before Mr Biggott, who owns the wharfe.
But viewers will note that Mr Biggott
is never actually revealed on screen!
Interesting, too, watching the way Spanner
muddles his way through each story.
With his ginger hair and penchant for
chaos he reminds one of an older version
of Norman from "Fireman Sam".
Actor George Layton provides the male
voices. He will be familiar to fans
Street, but he is of course, a well-established tv and film face
a writer too, having brought us "Robin's Nest"
and "Don't Wait Up" and starred
in many of the well-loved "Doctor"
series of the seventies. Barbara Flynn's
acting credits include "A Very Perculiar
Practice" and "The Beiderbecke Affair".
The series premiered with the episode
aired on BBC1, 7th January 1992 at 3.53pm.
Episodes were broadcast once a week
for twelve weeks, at the
same time each week, and the series concluded
run on 31st March...
originated and designed by Rob Lee developed and written by Bob Wilson
produced and directed by Ian Frampton and John Walker
Theresa Plummer Andrews animation: John
Walker, Brian Anderson,
Dowdeswell music & lyrics: Ben
Heneghan, Ian Lawson sung by:
Maldwyn Pope set design: Beverley
Knowlden model makers: Brian
Collins, Tania MacDonnell,
Millar, Andy O'Neill, John Parsons,
Katharine Scott vehicles: Alun
Jones, James Nevill puppet makers: Alison
Fairholm, Ian Frampton,
Friers, Alison Hall
Grigg sound: John
Cross editing: Willian
Oswald, Jane Murrell,
Ellen Pierce Lewis voices: George