Gordon is a green fingered garden gnome
who loves his plants and animals and
all-things environmental. Which is handy, because
those same plants and
animals, and his gnome friends, need constant
care and attention and affection.
There's always something that needs pruning,
clearing, sowing or sprucing -
and Gordon can count on his companions to
help him through. Well, most of
them anyway, because if Lez and Dez slug
have their way, there'd be nothing
left in the garden to tend to!
Gordon was created by cartoonist/writer
Allan Plenderleith (The Odd Squad)
developed and animated by Collingwood O'Hare
(Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto!, etc).
In an inspired move, the creators brought in Britain's
busiest gardener, Alan
Titchmarsh, to voice the lead. He even chips
in with the catchy theme tune!
The production was first announced in the
Summer of 2002, and a pilot episode
"The Smelly Wellies" used to snare
a big commission from the BBC. At the
time, only Gordon and his animal friends
were revealed to viewers. But as the
series developed, so did Gordon's world. Now
there are gnomes-a-plenty.
Our pointy-hatted pals are kept in order by the
Chief Gnome, who travels
beaten all the gardens by magical means,
and young gnomelets have to
graduate from Gnome Academy before they are allocated their
patch to tend to and nurture. And in the gnomes'
world, "Turnip Tuesday" and
"Meadow Mow Day" are a cause for celebration...
So far 26 episodes are scheduled for broadcast,
with the last of these
featuring something of a cliffhanger, because
Gordon receives an invitation
to leave his garden world and head up the
Gnome Land theme park. It's an
offer he hopefully won't take, because a
further batch of 26 stories are already
in the pipeline!...
very first garden engagement began in August 2002, when he
joined forces with Eureka!
- The Museum for Children in Halifax. The
fellow became an
interactive guide for "Our Global Garden", an exhibition
looking at gardens
around the world...
» The series
was launched in the UK on 6th June 2005, and special trailers
aired on the BBC
in the run-up to transmission, featuring Gordon in a
Gordon shouldn't be confused with DC Thomson's Gordon
Gnome, a chap who appeared
in "The Beano" back in the early 1980s...
The gadgeteer. He's forever inventing new devices
and contraptions to assist
around the garden. At least, that's the theory.
His inventions include "Floaty Leaf
Spray", and a "Dangle-a-Gnome"
device - handy for avoiding slugs..
A trainee young gnome, keen to follow in
his elders' footsteps...
Rosie's Wood is a popular haunt, with its splendid
Play Tree. Which makes it
particularly sad when the tree is blown
down in "The Storm"...
Jerome likes to do things his own way,
usually with other people's equipment
and tools which he regularly "borrows"!...
The Chief Gnome
The Chief makes all the Big Decisions, and
carries out various municipal
duties with bluster and gusto...
The Chief's h'ever so haughty wife...
Andrew worm is Gordon's closest friend -
literally - because he lives inside
Gordon's pointy hat and pops out via a little
trapdoor, when he chooses.
At night, Andrew sleeps in a flowerpot by
Morris mole, is a helpful little tunneller
Lez & Dez
Slugs with attitude, eager to eat the greenery,
chew the vegetables and
protest at the actions of the gnomes, when
e'er they can. Lez is the bigger
purple one and Dez the conniving pink one...
A keen squirrel...
Mimi & Fifi
Two young birds with bows on their heads...
A baby bird, hatched inside Gordon's watering
can in "Feathered Friends"...
A bat with a head cold, and a faulty sonar who
features in "Vincent the Bat"...
The Sparrow Sisters
Twitterpated bird twins...
Horace & Doris
Posh snails who visit the garden in "Horace
He's Andrew's woodworm cousin who causes havoc
in "Cousin Mervyn"
Hound: June 2004
Alan Plenderleith talks Gordon and
Hound: July 2002
Gnome, sweet gnome...
In February 2006 Slotz the gardening
company launched some rather
splendid garden gnomes, one of Grodon and
one of Rosie. They also
created some miniature plant pegs
for folks to collect...
More info: Slotz
editor & casting:
Zhou Hung Ying
Tony Collingwood, Allan Plenderleith,
Jimmy Hibbert, Nigel Crowle, Andrew Viner,
Moya O'Shea, Dave Ingham, James Mason,
Diane Redmond, Christopher Lillicrap,
Laura Beaumont & Paul Larson,
Adam Khwaja & Mark Osborne
Plummer Andrews (for the BBC)
Douglas, Georgie Soskin
de Vita, Trevor Ricketts,
Paul Gunson, Suzy Cunningham,
Kevin Malloy, Tom Elmes, Ben Bowen,
Michael Zarb, Andy Erracleous,
Andy Roper, Vivienme Heath
Norris, Rachel Feasey,
Moustakov, Trevor Ricketts,
Paul Stone, Isabel Castellano
Tom Pong, Bobby Hsieh
Ward, Peter Dixon, Ann Marie Dutton
Alby, Finola Davis, Juliet Golz,
Josef Reich, Simon Salter
Titchmarsh (Gordon Gnome)
Rob Rackstraw (Andrew)