"They had always lived in the corners of the world, but
suddenly there weren't many corners
Faced with imminent
extinction, and guided by a mysterious handheld black
box, the surviving members of an alien
race of small people - Nomes - embark
upon a quest to find a new home, safe
from the unwelcome attentions of us
Terry Pratchett's popular children's
book is adapted into a splendid stop-motion
series by the folk at Cosgrove Hall.
Much of the detail and business of TP's work
is faithfully incorporated. Truckers'
design and atmosphere is quite similar to that
of the Bollex Brothers Secret
Adventures of Tom Thumb, which was released a
year later, in 1993 - even down to the
"real-life" humans inserted into the
There were plans afoot to adapt all three
titles in Terry's Bromeliad Trilogy, but
the projects were folded when Thames
lost their broadcast franchise and,
consequently, were forced to re-evaluate
their relationship with Cosgrove Hall.
In 1997 Cosgrove Hall adapted two
of Terry's Discworld novels into animated
form. "Wyrd Sisters" and "Soul
Music" were animated using traditional cel
techniques (with a smidgen of CGI)...
In 2001 DreamWorks announced aquisition
of screen rights to the Bromeliad
Trilogy, and at one point Truckers was
to have been turned into a CG feature
from Andrew Adamson and Joe Stillman
("Shrek", etc). The film now
appears to be developing upon live-action
lines, with Sam "Spiderman" Raimi
being a prominent attachment, last
time the project surfaced...
A relucant leader, Masklin
wears the worries of the world upon his brow....
She's Masklin's right-hand and closest
friend. She's akeen Nome, with
a myriad of bright ideas...
Morkie & Old Torrit
This aged Nome duo can still remember
a brighter, happier past...
A streetsmart Store Nome, Angalo
is the son of the Duke de Haberdasheri.
This savvy chap even keeps a
rat on a lead, as a pet...
A master technician, Dorcas keeps
the Nomes' store home shipshape
and up-to-speed. Clever Dorcas
has even mastered the basics of electricity...
Gurder is the dour aide to
the Store Nomes' spritual leader, The Abbot.
He takes his duty very seriously...
spritual leader of the Store Nomes. The aged Abbot quotes
from The Book Of Nome and publically
dismisses talk of the world Outside.
But privately he harbours
The Nomes' small black box
is a precious artefact, feted as a prophet and
guide for the small people. All
are aghast when it snaps into life once more,
upon arrival at Arnold Bros.
Truckers stars the principal Nome
quartet of Masklin, Grimma, Granny Morkie
and Old Torrit. When we first encounter
them they are clutching perilously to
their countryside existence, and
an encounter with a savage fox almost seals
their fate. Masklin takes the brave
decision to take his tribe to a new home.
They hitch a ride upon a rumbling
truck in to town and, eventually, arrive at
Arnold Bros. Dept. Store...
The department store is teeming
with Nome compatriots, but unfortunately
they're an insular bunch lacking
any knowledge of the world outside their
The Store Nomes are lead by
The Duke de Haberdasheri. He does not take
kindly to the new arrivals or their
bizarre guiding black box, which Masklin and
his friends refer to as 'The Thing'
and which, strangely, has come to life again
since their arrival at The Store.
Still, the foursome find friendship with three new
Nome faces, Angalo, Dorcas and
Gurder - the latter being aide to an aged
Abbot Nome, the Store Nomes'
spritual guide who, like the Duke, consistently
denies the prescence of the outside
world too. But events soon conspire to
turn the Store Nomes' realm on
First The Thing predicts the building's
imminent destruction. Then our friends
unearth the Big People's plans
to demolish the place. Any lingering doubts
are finally dispelled when, upon his
deathbed, the Abbot urges Masklin to lead
the Nomes to safety away from
the Store and the humans who run it.
A plan is hatched to steal a
store lorry and drive themselves to a new home,
and our friends set to persuading
the other Store Nomes to join them. With
Dorcas' technical skill, brilliant
teamwork and co-ordination they do just that,
coercing all of the Store Nomes
in to the truck with them, ready to head to
a new life...
The series climax begins as the
escaping Nomes are caught out by the
arrival of a human. During the
resulting confusion, the man's cigarette ignites
a collection of fuel barrels and
engulfs the building in flames. Arnold Bros.
burns to the ground. The Nomes
get out just in time, only to find a Police
patrol car in hot pursuit of their
stolen truck. Cleverly evading capture, Masklin
and his friends steer the truck
on to another new Nome home, in an old
Well. Home for now, anyway.
The series first premiered
on ITV on 10th January 1992.
It concluded its first run
on 3rd April 1992...
Episodes were given numerical
titkles, so there are no titles to share here.
And each episode ended on a cliffhanger...
Truckers by Terry Pratchett
a Brian Cosgrove & Mark
Terry Pratchett's novels
Lord, Paul Berry,
Price, Sue Pugh
constructed by: Noel
Baker, Colin Batty,
Bridget Smith, Ian MacKinnon,
Bentley, Peter Saunders,
Hayns, Stuart Sutcliffe,
E Pidgeon, Patricia Brennan
and props: Graham
G Maiden, Pippa Greenwood,
Simpson, Richard Sykes,
Spain, Rick Kent,
costume design: Helen
costume makers: Clare
Elliott, Geraldine Corrigan
art direction: Bridget
prod supervisor: Christine
prod assistant: Sian
grateful thanks to
Pennine Trucks Ltd
Department Store Manchester
& lighting: Joe
Dembinski, Jerry Andrews,
rostrum camera: Peter
film editor: Zyggy
sound fx editor: Jane
dubbing mixer: John
Jardine (Old Torrit)
Williams (Granny Morkie)
Kelsley (The Thing)
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