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The Raggy Dolls is a 1980s–1990s British cartoon series which originally aired on ITV from 1986 until 1994. The series is set in Mr Grimes' Toy Factory, where imperfect dolls are thrown into a reject bin. While unobserved by human eyes, the dolls come to life and climb out of the reject bin to have adventures. The series was designed to encourage children to think positively about physical disabilities, as well as teaching kindness, tolerance and humility towards others.Contents
The series was produced for Yorkshire Television from 3 April 1986 to 20 December 1994. It was created by Melvyn Jacobson, with scripts, narration and music by Neil Innes. Yorkshire Television produced the first two series of The Raggy Dolls before awarding the commission to Orchid Productions Limited in 1987. This was the first programme Yorkshire Television commissioned from an independent production company, and Orchid Productions went on to produce over 100 more episodes of the series. The initial animator for Yorkshire TV was Roy Evans, and consequently after the move to Orchid Productions Mark Mason took over the role, animating and storyboarding 26 episodes, and storyboarding and directing other animators on a further 26 episodes before moving onto work on other children's shows and being replaced by Peter Hale from the 7th series onwards. The series was sold abroad to a number of other countries.Characters The Raggy Dolls
In return for her kindness the Raggy Dolls help the old lady by repairing all the broken clocks that she has so that she can sell them.36 604 9 August 1989 Peace and Quiet It was a peaceful day in their new treehouse well except they were soon interrupted by jets and aeroplanes. 37 605 16 August 1989 We are Not Amused The Raggy Dolls have found an amusement park but they soon discovered that it isn't much fun at all. 38 606 23 August 1989 The Lost Puppy Mr Grimes was looking after his sister's naughty pet puppy as the Raggy Dolls had soon spotted him getting into all kinds of trouble and gets lost. 39 607 30 August 1989 Horse Sense One day, The Raggy Dolls found something strange in the Big Field, in which turns out to be Horse Jumps for a Welsh Pony, belonging to Farmer Brown's daughter that then had an accident. Raggy Dolls to the Rescue, once again! Season 4 # Prod Air date Title Summary 40 608 6 September 1989 The Terrible Storm After the terrible storm was brewing, the Raggy Dolls must fix their new treehouse. 41 609 13 September 1989 The Stolen Parrot The Raggy Dolls must help a parrot who had been birdnapped by poachers. 42 610 20 September 1989 Crazy Golf Mr Grimes had found a game of golf, so the Raggy Dolls must make a crazy golf for themselves. 43 701 28 June 1990 Pumpernickle's Party The Raggy Dolls tries to help Pumpernickle by scaring all the crows away. 44 702 5 July 1990 So Safari Mr Grimes's terrible twin nephews were on a trip to the zoo as the Raggy Dolls followed with the help of the other animals. 45 703 12 July 1990 Making Faces Deciding to cheer Sad sack up, the Raggy Dolls had made a puppet show to make him believe himself. 46 704 19 July 1990 The Old Windmill The Raggy Dolls had found an old windmill as they soon discovered it. 47 705 26 July 1990 The Little Carthorse The Raggy Dolls who have met a little carthorse who doesn't know who he is with a little help of Hercules the farmhorse. 48 706 2 August 1990 Making Jam The Raggy Dolls were all harvesting crabapples and blackberries and they decide to make jam with them. 49 707 9 August 1990 The Teddy Bear's Picnic While the Raggy Dolls were having a picnic lunch, they've met Mr Grimes's long lost teddy bear named Old Edward who had been lost for a long time as they tried to help him out. 50 708 16 August 1990 Mr Marmalade The Raggy Dolls had quite enough of Mr Marmalade's tricks after he had scared them, as they made they're way to the factory, they were terrified by a rat so Mr Marmalade tries to rescue them by scaring the rat away. 51 709 23 August 1990 The Treasure Hunt Mr Marmalade and the Raggy Dolls had given them clues as they were on search to find a hidden treasure. 52 710 30 August 1990 Rupert the Roo Sad Sack had met a toy kangaroo Rupert the Roo who had been mailed from Australia, so the Raggy Dolls tries to help him out before heading back to Australia. Season 5 # Prod Air date Title Summary 53 711 6 September 1990 Witch is Which? When a witch tries to spoil their Halloween Party the other Raggy Dolls think her magic is the surprise laser show promised by Back-To-Front and Hi-Fi, and their laughter drives the witch away. When the boys explain their show didn't work, the Raggy Dolls make sure to laugh all the way home! 54 712 13 September 1990 Bonfire Night The Raggy Dolls explain the significance of 5 November to Claude, and set out to watch the firework display. Claude is captured by some boys who are planning their own bonfire in an abandoned paint factory. They tie Claude to a rocket, and light their bonfire, oblivious of the sparks, which set the factory alight. Hi-Fi calls the Fire Brigade, but before they arrive a spark sets off the boys' box of fireworks and drives them away. In the commotion, the Raggy Dolls free Claude, just before a spark ignites the rocket. 55 713 20 September 1990 Rainbow's End Princess learns that good friends are worth more than a whole pot of gold. 56 714 27 September 1990 Lost in Space The Raggy Dolls were being kidnapped by some aliens and Hi-Fi befriends an alien who stammers just like him. 57 715 4 October 1990 Roman Ramblers The Raggy Dolls go hiking, but get lost in the hot sun. Luckily, the Romans have left handy signposts to help them find their way again. Sad Sack dreams that they are all back in Roman times. 58 716 11 October 1990 The Great Expedition The Raggy Dolls were at the jungle and meets a lonely gorilla. 59 717 18 October 1990 The Twitcher The Raggy Dolls finds out who is the Twitcher. 60 718 25 October 1990 Too Bossy Dotty learns a valuable lesson about being bossy today. 61 719 1 November 1990 The Toy Fair The Raggy Dolls were at the toy fair and the monkey causes chaos and taking over the store. 62 720 8 November 1990 Ragamuffin The Raggy Dolls meets Ragamuffin who is a wandering traveller doll who'd lost his owner and decided to spend his life taking in new sights and experiences of his adventures. 63 721 15 November 1990 Grand Prix Dolls Ragamuffin and the Raggy Dolls were playing Grand Prix games. 64 722 22 November 1990 Fond Farewells The Raggy Dolls gives Ragamuffin a teary farewell. 65 723 20 December 1990 Doctor Dolls The Raggy Dolls were playing doctor and nurses game. Season 6 # Prod Air date Title Summary 66 801 6 September 1991 Old Fashioned Dolls The Raggy Dolls teach Old Edward about old fashioned stuff from the past. 67 802 13 September 1991 Lady Luck The Raggy Dolls meets a mysterious woman called Lady Luck who takes them on an adventure they're never forget. 68 803 20 September 1991 Invisible Dolls The Raggy Dolls are invisible today. 69 804 27 September 1991 The Great Outdoors The Raggy Dolls decide to hitch a ride with Mr Grimes when he goes camping. After setting up their home made tents and sleeping bags, they notice that a rock climber is in trouble. Raggy Dolls to the rescue! 70 805 18 October 1991 The Lonely Echo While staying at the countryside, the Raggy Dolls meets a lonely cliff. 71 806 25 October 1991 Homeward Bound The Raggy Dolls learns that there is no place like home. 72 807 1 November 1991 Railway Dolls The Raggy Dolls are having a lovely time at the railway station. 73 808 8 November 1991 Windy Weather The wind blows a young crow out of its nest. With the help of Back-To-Front's kite, and a helpful cow, the Raggy Dolls manage to return him to the treetop. 74 809 15 November 1991 Purple Diamonds When the Raggy Dolls dig up a troublesome rock they think they have discovered valuable purple diamonds. They dream of what they would do with their riches, until Mr. Marmalade, the factory cat, explains that is only amethyst, and worth very little. 75 810 22 November 1991 The Giant Bumblebee Mr Grimes' sister leaves the terrible twins Oz and Boz with Mr Grimes. He suggests they collect insects to study, but when the Raggy Dolls find that they have trapped the insects in a jar without airholes they dress up Sad Sack as a giant bumblebee to teach the twins a lesson. 76 811 29 November 1991 The Return of the Roo The Raggy Dolls were excited when Rupert returns from Australia. 77 812 6 December 1991 The Boomerang Games Rupert teaches the Raggy Dolls how to use a boomerang. 78 813 13 December 1991 Down on the Farm The Raggy Dolls and Rupert the Roo were having a jolly good time on One Pin Farm. Season 7 # Prod Air date Title Summary 80 901 8 September 1992 The Royal County Show The Raggy Dolls and Rupert the Roo are at the Royal County Show. 81 902 15 September 1992 Open Day The Raggy Dolls and Rupert the Roo were at Open Day with great results. 82 903 22 September 1992 The Town Carnival The Raggy Dolls are at the town carnival with over the top results. 83 904 29 September 1992 Cave Dolls The Raggy Dolls dreams they were in Stone Age. 84 905 6 October 1992 Barbeque Ball The Raggy Dolls are having a barbecue ball and Claude asks Princess that she would like to dance. 85 906 13 October 1992 High and Dry Sad Sack accidentally steers 'The Spirit of Adventure' into a sandbank, but this leads him to discover a secret cave on the beach. 86 907 27 October 1992 Smugglers Cave Sad Sack befriends a ghost of the fisherman who tells stories of the seven seas. 87 908 3 November 1992 William the Conker The Raggy Dolls play a game about conkers. 88 909 10 November 1992 Bonnie Scotland The Raggy Dolls travel to Scotland. 89 910 17 November 1992 On the Town The Raggy Dolls were going to London with Ragamuffin. 90 911 24 November 1992 Danger, Men at Work While holidaying in London, there's trouble for the Raggy Dolls and the workmen. 91 912 1 December 1992 Sight Seeing Dolls The Raggy Dolls tour to London with their friend Ragamuffin. 92 913 8 December 1992 Dolls on Wheels Hi Fi and Back to Front build a skateboard, but have trouble finding the right wheels for the job. Rupert the Roo brings them the wheels from Mr Grimes's tea trolley. Sad Sack doubts that these are the best wheels for a skateboard, and it looks like he may be right... Season 8 # Prod Air date Title Summary 93 1001 28 September 1993 Robot Canteen After Florrie had gone to do some shopping, Mr Grimes had hired a robot to do the hard work as the Raggy Dolls tries to have a plan to get Florrie back. 94 1002 5 October 1993 Mister Mole The Raggy Dolls have met a mole while having their picnic lunch together. 95 1003 12 October 1993 The Empty House While testing on an aeroplane until it had landed on an empty house, when the Raggy Dolls tries to find it before heading back home with a flight of an owl. 96 1004 19 October 1993 Mon Repose Mr Grimes were having a holiday near the seaside, but it doesn't work at all when the Raggy Dolls tries to help people from getting washed away by the sea. 97 1005 26 October 1993 The Runaway Monkey The monkey was into some kind of mischief as the Raggy Dolls have made their plans to catch the monkey. 98 1006 2 November 1993 Lucy's Greenhouse When slugs eat the cabbages in Lucy's garden, the Raggy Dolls make a greenhouse for her. Overcome by the heat she dreams she shrinks in size and meets many strange plants and insects. The Raggy Dolls rescue her, but she realises even pests have to eat. 99 1007 9 November 1993 The Horrible Princesses Three haughty princess dolls make fun of Princess, but the Raggy Dolls convince them that a terrible wizard is on their trail so they could teach them all a lesson. 100 1008 16 November 1993 The Town Gala The Raggy Dolls watch Cynthia and Mr Grimes doing a skydive in the town gala. 101 1009 23 November 1993 Mr Grimes in Love The Raggy Dolls decide to write a love letter to Mr Grimes thinking it was from Cynthia Popplethwaite. 102 1010 7 December 1993 Wedding Bells Mr Grimes is too shy to declare his feelings to Cynthia Popplethwaite, so the Raggy Dolls play cupid. When Mr Grimes and Cynthia get married, she brings the Raggy Dolls with her to the cottage so they can all live happily ever after. Season 9 # Prod Air date Title Summary 103 1101 11 October 1994 Off on a Honeymoon The Raggy Dolls were very proud of Mr Grimes after he got married with Mrs.Grimes until they have decided to go on a honeymoon as the Raggy Dolls have followed them inside their suitcase. 104 1102 18 October 1994 A Mediterranean Cruise When they have made to Spain by a Cruise Liner, Princess was being captured by a monkey so it was up to the Raggy Dolls to save her before heading back to the Cruise Liner with some help of the seagulls. 105 1103 25 October 1994 Stormy Weather The Raggy Dolls decided to make a paddling pool to swim in it as the great big weather came and it worked out very well for the Raggy Dolls. 106 1104 1 November 1994 When in Rome When they have made it to Italy, the Raggy Dolls tries to help the Italian alleycat by finding the lost kitten for them. 107 1105 8 November 1994 Just a Minotaur While inside the secret Temple leaving crisps and peanuts for a trail until they have find a lizard who knew the way out until the Minotaur was only just Mr Grimes carrying a bicycle thanks to one of Back-to-Front's funny pranks on them. 108 1106 15 November 1994 The Eyes of Rami When they've went to Egypt, the Raggy Dolls were being tricked by a Scorpion until they have met an Egyptian princess doll named Shehabi who helped them find the emeralds for the eyes of the Princess Rami statue before it had magically heading them back home in the Reject bin. 109 1107 22 November 1994 Elephants do Forget The Raggy Dolls and Mr.Marmalade tries to help the baby elephant by trying to remember everything by scaring it with a help of a little mouse that Mr.Marmalade had caught. 110 1108 6 December 1994 What's the Time? The Raggy Dolls tries to help Sad Sack try to remember the time has come. 111 1109 13 December 1994 The Russian Doll Natasha, a Russian Doll of seven in the care of Mrs. Grimes, gets friendly with the Raggy Dolls, Rupert the Roo and Old Edward. 112 1110 20 December 1994 Bored The final episode of the series when Rupert the Roo was bored of Natasha and Old Edward, so he decide to join the Raggy Dolls with a ride on a boat until they have discovered some famous actresses and actors were filming on the bridge of the water pond as they seen him, the actor threw him out over the bridge and Rupert finds out that he wasn't bored anymore. Transmission guide
After the series ended, The Raggy Dolls later aired on digital television on the defunct children's network Carlton Kids along with other ITV programmes for children such as Mopatop's Shop, Worzel Gummidge, The Dreamstone, Rosie and Jim and Tots TV and a number of CBBC programmes such as Willo the Wisp, Bod and Puppydog Tales and then on free for air satellite television on Pop Plus.
It was also exported to many countries worldwide such as Iceland, Norway, Pakistan, Kenya, Sweden, Canada, South Africa, Israel, Hungary, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, Zimbabwe, Bahrain, Spain, Poland, Tajikistan, Belarus, Nigeria, Australia, Macau and parts of Asia and on military television in Germany, the Falkland Islands and Cyprus.Reboot
Plans have been announced for a potential reboot of the show.Merchandise
Three videos (with 5 programmes each) were released during the late 80s by Castle Communications Plc, each featuring a selection of episodes from the first two series narrated by Neil Innes.
in the Spring of 1993 4 Front Video released one cassette under 'Pocket Money Video' range (Cat No. 0867323) with six episodes- The Flying Machine, The Pigeon Race, The Fun Fair, Spring Toys, A Trip to the Sea, A Royal Tour
The complete first series of The Raggy Dolls was released on DVD on the 21st of June 2010 through Revelation Films; the complete second series was available from the 18th of October 2010; the complete third series was available from the 7th of February 2011; the complete fourth series was released on the 6th of June 2011, but the complete fifth series was never released.Books
A series of at least 10 books were published in 1990 by both Boxtree Limited (in association with Yorkshire Television Limited) and ABC Enterprises (for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation). The books were written or adapted by Neil Innes and illustrated by Steve Smallman. Titles include: