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Jamie and Wordsworth

Every night, when his mum thinks he is asleep, young Jamie and his faithful sheepdog Wordsworth take a trip to the wonderful world of Cuckoo Land, using the power of Jamie's amazing magic torch.

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To nostalgia-ridden twentysomethings like the author of this fine page, Jamie and the Magic Torch ranks right up there with Bod and Fingermouse in the list of all-time greatest young children's series. Teletubbies? Nooooo! Tweenies? I think not. For pure multi-coloured, flavour-enhanced, flared pyjama-wearing shenanigans, Jamie's your man. OK, so the backgrounds were drawn with coloured pencils bought in an Everything's a Pound shop and the budget only stretched to five unique cels per episode. Yet despite their staggering cheapness, Jamie's nightly adventures had a genuinely surreal and whimsical quality that you rarely find in modern big-budget kiddies' shows. Plus, it had one of the best theme songs ever, beloved of students the length and breadth of Britain. All together now, Jay-MEH, Jay-MEH, no two nights are the same...

Episode titles

For information about episodes and air dates, go to the Filmography.

Series 1

  1. Mr Boo Loses a Mountain
  2. Nutmeg's House
  3. Let There Be Music
  4. Nutmeg's Box
  5. The Runaway Trombonium
  6. The Hair Stack
  7. Sym-phoney
  8. The Flying Rabbit
  9. The Magician's Hat
  10. The Wicked Wand
  11. The House of Wellibob
  12. National Wellibob Day
  13. Spade-Work

Series 2

  1. Hidden Persuasion
  2. The Dirty Submachine
  3. Yoo-Hoo Yeti
  4. A Marrow Escape
  5. A Policeman's Lot
  6. The Frost World
  7. Help Help
  8. One Cloudy Day
  9. The Downside Upper
  10. Jeepers Creepers
  11. The Unexpected Visitor
  12. Big Magic
  13. Jamie's Birthday Party

Links

  • First off, try TV Cream if you want to download an MP3 of the theme song. It's probably self-evident, but you need to click on "Themes" and then select the F-J category, OK?
  • Your next port of call should probably be WATCHED IT!, for their great selection of screengrabs.
  • There's a fun article about Jamie, including useful info on where to buy the videos, at 80s Nostalgia.

Credits

Scripts and narration: Brian Trueman
Music: Joe Griffiths
Design/animation: Graham Garside,
Jean Flynn, Jane Johnstone, April Spencer, Bernard Dicken

Rostrum Camera: Frank Hardie
Film Editor: Dave Street
Animation Director: Keith Scoble
Post Production Director: Chris Taylor
Producers: Brian Cosgrove, Mark Hall

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