and Mash, Bangers and Mash,
Them chimps are imps there ain't no doubt..."
Bangers and Mash are a pair of mischievous
young chimps. They live at
Number Three, Tree Street with their Mum and Dad,
and just like regular kids
they get up to all manner of noise and nuisance
in the course of each exciting
day. Not that they go looking for trouble, as the
title song says:
"They never mean to do no harm, but you
They'll upset the apple cart, though
Mash and Bangers' clangers come about
And those clangers usually involve the poor
folk around their home town of
Chimpton. People like Dr. Chinwobble, their
teacher Mrs Chum, Aunt Lil, Gran,
Bert the bus driver, or the overworked Postchimp.
The chimps' best friend is
pretty Petal, with whom they have something of
a love-hate relationship.
You don't want to mess with her! Several escapades
seem to involve the
Chimpton Zookeeper and his wandering elephant Chumbo,
or the Duck
who lives on the local pond.
And then there's Mrs Snitchnose. She's a rat.
And a witch. A Witch-rat, then.
She lives in an old length of pipe, and she
flies around Chimpton, casting spells
and taunting folk - like the time she switched
the road signs round, so the
directions to Banana Hill and Chimpton Hill were
all about face. But she's
had her come uppances too. Bangers, Mash and
Petal once sent
onion-carrying frogs into her house to disrupt
her witches' gathering...
Some freewheeling FilmFair fun here from the
folks behind The Blunders.
The series is adapted from the popular books
by Paul Groves. Jonathan
Kydd (Tom in Pipkins)
adds a gleeful narration that's stuffed with sniggers,
japes and asides:
"They're all sticking in the sticky toffee!
Don't they look sweet?"
Add Chas & Dave's tinkling "joanna"
to proceedings and you have a show
that's hard to resist. Hells bells, Bangers
and his brother even fling sh*t in
the title sequence!
wears a red tie with a capital "B".
wears a red T-shirt with a capital "M".
we forget where we are, almost every episode opens with a shot
of the family home,
and the immortal line: "Here
we are again at
Number Three, Tree Street..."
For some reason,
Mrs. Chum's telephone always seems to ring half-way
through her lessons,
requiring her to leave the room, and Bangers and
Mash to lead the
Dr Chinwobble's cure for flu:
"Stay in bed for three days, take
these tablets, drink
plenty of coconut milk and have some
lightly boiled bananas...".
here's an in-joke. The tv series is directed by Ian Sachs.
Hence this sports
headline on Dad's newspaper:
Groves has been flinging out "Bangers & Mash" books
There are very
many titles available
When the series
he and artist Ed McLachlan
put together an additional
range of tv
& Mash episodes
Eggs is Eggs Who
ABC for Chimps Puddle
Ghost Boast Chimperdale
A Spell of Trouble Bovine
What a Shower
Footsteps in the Snow
Caution, Chips at Work Miracle
Buzz Off Snake
in the Grass
Good Clean Fun Wind
Space Race Tour
Arty Crafty Phoney
Snitchnose Switch Can't
Sew for Toffee
Dance, Dance Treat or Trick
Little Lady Dance
exec producer: Graham
whom this series is dedicated
Groves, Edward McLachLan
on the books by Paul Groves
& backgrounds: Edward
asst director: Barry
paint & trace
Sachs, Jo Behit
Lambrou, Steve Colwell
Mo Simons, Isabelle Perrichon
asst editor: Jacqueline
prod supervisor: Robert
prod manager: Miles
prod assistants: Simon
Cox, Scott Heasmer
prod secretary: Nimet