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The New Adventures Of Blinky Bill
Created by Dorothy Wall (book)
Developed by Tom Hanks
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 28
Production
Executive producer(s) Judith Simpson
Producer(s) Richard Smith
Running time 26
Release
Original network ABC
Picture format PAL (576i)
Original release 22 October 1984 (1984-10-22) – 18 September 1987 (1987-09-18)

The New Adventures of Blinky Bill was an Australian-live action series that featured actors, interacting with puppets that ran on ABC Television from 1984 to 1987. After production ended, it remained on air in repeats until 1991. Twenty-eight 26 minute episodes were made and the producers were Judith Simpson and Richard Smith.

Plot

The show was a follow on from the original Blinky Bill books by Dorothy Wall. Set in the fictional Bollygum National Park, characters include Blinky Bill, Mrs Magpie, Angelina Wallaby and Walter Wombat from the books, and new characters such as Charlie Goanna, Eric Echidna, Sybilla Snake and Kerry Koala from the neighbouring fictional Acadia Ridge park.

Main cast

Actor Character Notes
Ross Browning Blinky Bill, Eric Echidna Ross appeared in an acting role as Max, a plain clothes ranger from Head Office.
Janet Ashelford (aka Janette Dalgliesh) Angelina Wallaby, Mrs Magpie, Kerry Koala
Alan Highfield Charlie Goanna, Mr Wombat, Sybella Snake
Robert Hughes Ranger Barry Portrayed the park ranger character Ranger Barry in the first two seasons. Gordon Poole and Alton Harvey also played ranger roles. Paul Williams as Ranger Ken in season 3 and Ben Franklin as Ranger Bob in Season 4.

Guest artists

Most episodes also featured at least one Australian actor in a guest actor in a human character role
Benita Collings
Maggie Kirkpatrick
Paul Chubb
David Waters
Jackie Woodburne
Mike Meade
Joanne Samuel and many others.

Episode list

Season 1 (1984)

  1. Hello Stranger, Goodbye Ranger
  2. Ho-Ha at Bollygum
  3. Musical Wares
  4. Spaceship Shuttlecock

Season 2 (1985)

  1. Stuck On Gumleaves
  2. Frills and Feathers
  3. High Water
  4. Computer Capers
  5. Mine Too!
  6. Bikies from Outer Space

Season 3 (1986)

  1. Rock 'n' Roll Blues
  2. Legend in his Own Lunchtime
  3. Times Flies When You're Feeling Young
  4. Blinky Hits The Jackpot
  5. Not a Minute's Peace
  6. Twice Bitten
  7. The Visitor
  8. Food For Thought

Season 4 (1987)

  1. Say Snake
  2. Hot Wheels
  3. A Time Of Testing
  4. Operation Gumdrops
  5. Media Wars
  6. April Fools
  7. School's In
  8. Brush With Danger
  9. Horseplay
  10. Diplomatic Relations

Puppets

The series was unique for its production style. The puppets were designed and made by the late Beverley Campbell-Jackson, who chose to use a thick and fluffy yarn to knit the outer skin of the marsupial characters, which gave them their furry look on camera. Charlie's skin was made from a patterned lurex which gave him a distinctive look in sunlight. She designed internal mechanisms which used triggers to control the movements of each character's head, mouth and eyelids; while rods to each hand controlled arm movements. Each puppeteer used one hand for the trigger mechanism, and one hand to control both arm rods (this skill is somewhat like advanced chopsticks technique). Similar techniques are seen in some forms of Japanese puppetry.it:Blinky Bill

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