A teatime gem here, courtesy of FilmFair.
Those perishin' youngsters Wellington,
Maisie, Marlon, and Baby Grumplin and Boot the
rakish sheepdog, jump off the
pages of the "Daily Mirror" and into
the living rooms of the nostalgia generation.
The adaptation was shepherded on to the tv
by the strip's creator Maurice Dodd,
working closely with Bill Melendez' team,
and as a result the spirit of the original
is maintained. The
kids and their dogs go carting and camping, they visit the
seaside, and go bouncing around wildly on
bright green spacehoppers. And
throughout they bicker and backbite in that
brilliant mangled dialect that's
part-cockney, part-hoity-toity, and utterly, beautifully
There is one aspect that's been lost in the translation,
and that's the social
commentary. Likewise the politicking Fred
Beetle and Delinquent Caterpillar.
But this is a teatime show for kids, after
all. And it's a memorable one, with
a clap-clapping, synthesized theme tune and
a star turn from Leonard
Rossiter as the voice of that wily, conniving
old schemer Boot.
Bill Melendez was
previously responsible for bringing Snoopy and the
to life on our screens. His connection to both series
continues the ongoing -
and somewhat unfair - comparisons
beloved American strip...
for the Perishers strip, well, that ran in "The Daily Mirror"
to 2006. The strip
reached its natural conclusion in June of that year,
six months after
the death of its much-admired creator...
The politics may have disappeared from
the TV toon, but "The Perishers"
still ruffles a few PC feathers, nowadays.
Take a look at this detail from
the very first episode "Magic Mirror".
Boot can clearly be seen scarpering
past an elephant foot waste bin/umbrella
Luckily for us, and the elephant, this unfortunate
item is nowhere to be
seen, come later episodes...
Perishers (comic strip)
Hound: June 2006
The end of the Perishers...
Hound: January 2006
The death of Maurice Dodd...
In Spring 2007, Robert Harrop Designs
launched this magnificent
Perishers statue. Measuring approx 23cm x
12cm, the piece
features Wellington, Maisie, Marlon,
Baby Grumpling and that
ever-reluctant dawg Boot. It's been
restricted to just 750 perishin'
can buy yours from the
friendly folks at Boojog...
In the Cart
A Life From the Ocean Wave
A-Camping We Will Go
A Fool and his Money Aren't as Easily
Parted as You Think
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bath?
How to Train the Family Dog
The Ugly Duckling
Look Before it Leaps
The Skateboard Champion
The Wheeling and Dealing
She May or She May Not
The War Games
Well Blow Me Down
The Rehabilitation of BH (Calcutta)
The Eye Balls in the Sky
The Inch-thick Ketchup Sandwich
The series premiered on BBC1, 21st March
1979 at 5.35pm.
The Beeb's scheduling had "How
to Train the Family Dog"
the first episode. Episodes screened
on week-days, sometimes for
two or three days in a row, but
never in a consistent daily run.
Afraid of the Big Bad Bath?" brought the series to a
conclusion, 4th May.
Perishers on DVD
Perishers - Magic Mirror
2 / Tempo TV Classics / February 2006
The perishers by Maurice Dodd
a FilmFair presentation
from the Daily Mirror cartoon strip
by Maurice Dodd and Dennis Collins
a Bill Melendez production
exec producer: Graham Clutterbuck
Loynes, Ron Murdoch,
Nunn, Colin White
Harrison, Ted Pettengel
Ash, Tony Cooper
Carter, Caroline Neale
Knowelden, Nick Boisson
Hawkins (BH the Bloodhound)