"Bumbly, Bumbly what do you say?
Let's sing a Bumbly tune..."
The Bumblies are three bumbling alien ambassadors
who hail from the Planet
Bumble. This jolly threesome have touched
down in the garden of a madcap
professor and taken up residence in the top
corner of his front room, just
beneath the ceiling. But they're not just
hanging around for fun. Oh no.
Bumbly One, Bumbly Two and Bumbly Three are
here on a mission to
learn all about our planet, its children,
and the fun and games and everyday
adventures we all get up to...
This simple little series was created and
written by Michael Bentine, the
former Goon who went on to bring us the historical
hijinx of Potty Time.
He also donned wig and glasses to play Professor
Bentine. The series'
alien stars were manipulated via some very
basic engineering and a few
strings, but nonetheless it's good old-fashioned
fun and the three Bumblies
each have their own silly and distinct personalities.
Their leader, Bumble
One is the one with the brains. Bumble Two
is the plump one, and Bumble
Three is slim and rather dim, which means
he's the one who always
mucks things up. There's something Eccles-like
about this chap, in fact.
And when you look again, there's a certain
Goon-like appearance to the
whole scenario. "The Bumblies" floated
on to our screens just a few months
after Michael had left that famous comedy gang.
He'd been the best-educated
of the quartet (at Eton), so it's no great
leap to see their relationship reimagined
here, with Michael as the dotty professor-type
"educating" his bumbling
One, come on down!"
Each episode opens with Mr Bentine's cooky
professor "calling" down the
floating Bumblies from the ceiling, one at
a time. And stories progress with
the aid of a Bumblescope. This odd creation
consists of a base shaped
something like an upturned dog bowl and a
modified rubber swim hat
which the Professor is encouraged to put on
his head. If he closes his
eyes and thinks very hard the Bumblescope will
make props and
objects appear out of thin air. A handy device,
don't you think?
Well, it would be super if that Bumblescope
could make the entire series
reappear because it's been all-but forgotten
in the intervening years since its
The series premiered on BBC1
on 14th February 1954...
Cowboys and Indians
Bumblies on DVD
You'll find one fine episode of
the Bumblies appearing as an "extra" on
this Network DVD release...
Bentine's Potty Time - Series 1
2 / two discs / Network / January 2004
produced and directed by Michael Bentine