there's trouble down in Muddy Town,
You know who you should call..."
It's nearly always raining in Muddy Town,
which makes it a very muddy place.
That's bad news for Mayor Muggins and the townsfolk,
who are stuck living under
a cloud all of the time, in this most unappealing
of places. But it's good news for
a jolly croc called Christopher Crocodile
who likes nothing more than to wallow
in the muddy pools around town, slurping on
jars of peanut butter and custard.
But our Christopher is actually an asset to
Muddy Town, because he also happens
to be rather clever inventor with an eye for
new gadgets, gizmos and designs.
And top of his list is a chair lift and mud
slide design which brings a big influx
of welcome visitors to this mucky place and
earn him a Big Welcome from the
Mayor and a permanent home atop a hill overlooking
the muddy valley below....
Which is all rather good for Christopher and
his two young human pals, Alex and
Jane. But no one seems to explain why the
rest of the town doesn't relocate atop
that hill as well. But if they did that, we
wouldn't have this cheap-as-chips series
to entertain us, would we?
Okay, there's no disguising, this is a very
low-budget series, but it's keenly
narrated by that top children's star Derek
Griffiths, who regularly throws in some
cyncical side-swipes and retorts from the
townsfolk, and at only five minutes
duration, at least it doesn't outstay its
welcome... Or at least, the 13 x 5mins
series doesn't outstay itself. But there's
also the half-hour special to consider!
In the first episode,
we learn that Christopher Crocodile actually
comes from - um - "Mud"-agascar...
In that same tale, we discover that the town is so poor, they can't
to paint their fire engine
red, and have to make do with red spots instead -
By the end of the first episode, Christopher has earned himself a
a little hut on a hill overlooking
Muddy Town. But in the next episode, "New
House" he uses his
head for design and a whole lorry load of junk to create
an altogether more exciting
building - although it takes a few failed designs
for him to get to a final
Christopher's crazy inventions include a Tree Shower for washing off
after being on his waterslide,
a Pedalship bicycle used to take the whole
town to the seaside, and
a Sky Brolly which carries our hero all the way
the channel to France!...
New House Fire Sub-Car
France Africa Fair
Machine Statue Snow
+ Cloud Crazy (special)
The series premiered
on BBC1, 18th September 1992 at 3.52pm.
It played for thirteen straight weeks in the same
us to 11th December.
Crazy" special aired two and half years later,
on BBC1 14th April 1995, at 10.34am...
Crocodile: Seaside and other stories
Region 2 / 8 eps / 4 Front / April 2004
Crocodile 2: Cloud Crazy and other stories
2 / Special + 3 episodes / 4 Front / August 2004
produced and directed Mike Joyce
a Mixpix Production
exec prods: David Hamilton
& Claire Derry
Joan Lofts (for the BBC)
Vincent, Stephen Edmondson
on an original idea by Graham Purcell
and original designs by Kate Taylor
Wansborough, Mike Joyce,
Clair Staniforth, Caroline Mould, Jez