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Genre Children's television
Written by Ruth Boswell
Gregory Stewart
Directed by Martin Pullen
Voices of Bernard Cribbins
Narrated by Bernard Cribbins
Composer(s) Daryl Runswick
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Graham Clutterbuck
Producer(s) Ruth Boswell
Editor(s) Robert Dunbar
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) FilmFair
Distributor Abbey Home Media
Original network ITV
Picture format PAL (576i)
Audio format Monaural
Original release 5 July (1983-07-05) – 27 September 1983 (1983-09-27)

Moschops is a British stop motion-animated children's television series produced by FilmFair, and broadcast on ITV in 1983.

The characters in Moschops are designed by Sue Marke. All of the cast are prehistoric animals, except for Flower, who is the world's first flower.

The characters' names imply their species or genus. The title character, Moschops, is a young therapsid of the genus Moschops; Ally is a theropod of the genus Allosaurus; Grandfather Diplodocus is a sauropod of the genus Diplodocus; Mrs. Kerry is a ceratopsid of the genus Triceratops; Uncle Rex is a Tyrannosaurus rex; and Mr. Ichthyosaurus is an ichthyosaur of the genus Ichthyosaurus.

In the series, Moschops and Ally are friends. They live in a cave with Grandfather Diplodocus and Uncle Rex.

From 1984 to 1985, Omroepvereniging VARA, the Dutch public broadcasting network, broadcast a Dutch-dubbed version titled Knobbel. Channel 4 retransmitted Moschops in 1988.

Episode list

No. Title Original air date
01 "Moschops and The First Flower" 5 July 1983 (1983-07-05)
02 "All's Well That Ends Well" 12 July 1983 (1983-07-12)
03 "Night-time Sun" 19 July 1983 (1983-07-19)
04 "Fiercest Dinosaur" 26 July 1983 (1983-07-26)
05 "Tidiest Dinosaur" 2 August 1983 (1983-08-02)
06 "Ally Takes to the Air" 9 August 1983 (1983-08-09)
07 "Wheels Within Wheels" 16 August 1983 (1983-08-16)
08 "Moschops's Garden" 23 August 1983 (1983-08-23)
09 "Moschops's Party" 30 August 1983 (1983-08-30)
10 "Just Like Me" 6 September 1983 (1983-09-06)
11 "No Place Like Home" 15 September 1983 (1983-09-15)
12 "Moschops's Tent" 20 September 1983 (1983-09-20)
13 "Rainbow" 27 September 1983 (1983-09-27)

Moschops in print

For a short time after the series aired, Pippin featured a Moschops comic strip.

Purnell Publishers of Bristol published eight small picture books based on the television programme: Moschops and the Fierceness Lesson (1983), Moschops and the Mystery (1983), Moschops and the Surprise (1983), Moschops Digs a Hole (1983), Moschops and the Sneezes (1983), Moschops Plays Football (1983), Moschops' Kite (1984), and Moschops' Birthday (1984).

Other Moschops books include Moschops Annual (1983), Moschops Playtime Book (1983), and Moschops Dot-to-Dot (1984).

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