The little alien Bleep and his young human
pal Booster traversed the distant
galaxies in Space Freighter 9. Their
galactic missions were handed down by
Bleep's father, the moustached Captain.
Bleep and his alien race haled from
the planet Miron (or Myron, it varied
between the books and films) and their
adventures took them to numerous far-flung
and varied alien worlds...
These gentle science fiction tales surfaced
on BBC tv's "Blue Peter" circa 1963.
They were drawn by William Timym, who
was then known as Tim, and 'animated'
using simple rostrum techniques - panning
the images and zooming in on details
whilst Peter "Pugwash" Hawkins
narrated the stories - a technique referred to as
animatic animation. Stories were episodic,
told in five parts or more on occasion.
Of course, these little films were presented
in black and white on tv, but Bleep And
Booster quickly became regulars in the accompanying
Blue Peter Annuals too and
here their tales were frequently illustrated with
Tim's rich, full-colour art. The duo
were granted their very own tie-in Annuals
too and Purnell published special
stand-alone stories, like Bleep And
Booster's Space Secret which appeared
Those with a hankering for these splendid
simple sci-fi tales should track down
the 1992 Bleep And Booster video from Watershed
Pictures which included the
stories of Solaron and The Giant
Back in the 1940's William Timym drew numerous
newspaper and magazine
comic strips, like "Caesar", "The
Boss", "Humphrey" and "Wuff, Tuff and Snuff".
He also brought "Bengo The Boxer Pup"
to our TV screens. After "Bleep and
Booster", in the 1970s, this multitalented artist
turned to sculpture where his eye
for naturalistic animals earned him a plethora
of commissions from zoos and
institutions around the world. His most famous
pieces included the bronze bust
of "Blue Peter"s much-lamented
Alsatian dog Petra which still stands in the
Blue Peter Garden and his magnificent statue of
Guy the Gorilla which you'll
encounter near the ape pavilion in London Zoo. Sadly
William Timym died in
1990, aged 87....
Meanwhile, Bleep and Booster live on in the
memory of a generation of "Blue
Peter" viewers. They even inspired the
name of a band. The line-up for Bleep
and Booster includes a former member of eighties
Bleep And Booster by Tim
special sound: Brian
Big Knights feature plenty of Bleep And Booster info here along with
a storyline and screen grabs from
The Giant Brain - Terrific!
excellent contribution here, focusing on William Timyn's Bengo
The Boxer Pup but also incorporating
a most informative letter
from Mr Timyms' niece...