only I could fly..."
Cheep is a bird. But he's not a proper bird.
At least, not yet. Right now he's a
fledgling, unable to fly and instead of taking
to the skies he's taken to sharing
a home with his cheery pal Orm the worm. Cheep
dreams about flying, though,
and he sings his little heart out over the opening
Orm and Cheep have some rather jolly woodland
friends in the form of Snail,
Mole and Mouse. But they also have some cunning
enemies in Rat, Cat and
Crow. One or all three of the latter are always
devising some dastardly scheme
to capture our friends and gobble them up for dinner.
Tony Martin's creation is very sweet-natured.
The puppets used in the show
are simple foam and fur constructions, and
they're operated against cut-out
woodland sets whose colour pallette is predominantly
pastel pinks and violets.
Actor Richard Briers instills young Cheep
with the softest of voices, and the
tales are narrated via cosy rhyming couplets.
The result is a soft-focus
storybook show, which looks and feels very dreamy
indeed. And these unique
qualities mean that it remains a big fan-favourite
from the '80's...
Mary Edwards of
The Puppet Factory made the puppets for the series.
She also gave us the manic Crow
character seen on the BBC's "Saturday
Superstore" - the one with
Mike Reid and Sarah Greene. Mary is married
to Prof. Glyn Edwards, one of
the UK's foremost Punch and Judy performers.
The series writer
was Guy Halifax, who not only scripted all twenty-six
episodes, but also wrote the
accompanying storybooks and an "Orm and
Cheep" annual. In addition,
he wrote the original theme song for with tv's
Rod, Jane and Freddy from
"Rainbow" but alas, their tune was rejected
by ITV. Guy has also been
responsible for bringing us Emlyn the
Gremlyn (BBC 1999 - 2001)...
Water, Water Everywhere
A House for Mouse
Buried Treasure What
with the Wind
A Piece of Cake
The Dark Wood
Down to Earth
Don't Sneeze, Please
Cat and Mouse
created by Tony Martin
Martin, Derek Oliver
Martin, David Hamilton
assoc prod: Claire
Edwards, Geoff Felix, Ian Thom
Bateman, Derek Pugh
Richard La Motte
lighting cam: Simon
prod asst: Debbie
sound dub: Dave
VT editor: Allan
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Mary Edwards' Punch and
Judy puppets are showcased here on her
husband's Punch and Judy
Guy Halifax is part of Phew!
with Ian Ellery and Mick Wells and
this promo site details
their achievements and projects...
An online interview with Guy
here, in which he details the writing
process for the series...