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Toucan 'Tecs
Created by Peter Lawson
Elizabeth Laird
Starring Kate Lee
Tony Robinson
Philip Whitchurch
Peter Hawkins
Opening theme Toucan 'Tecs Theme (Instrumental)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Running time 10 minutes (per episode)
Production company(s) Cartwyn Cymru, Catalyst Pictures
Original network CITV
Original release 1990 (1990) – 1993 (1993)

Toucan 'Tecs: The Adventures of Zippi & Zac (Welsh: Slici a Slac) is a British children's television programme about two private detectives, a pair of anthropomorphic toucans named Zippi and Zac (voiced by Philip Whitchurch and Tony Robinson respectively), who, although based in the jungle, flew around the world solving crimes on their flying devices. Their main enemies were group of ducks, called "The Mad Ducks", led by Red Leader.

Produced and Animated by Cartwn Cymru, S4C and Yorkshire Television, the show debuted on CITV in 1990 and consists of 26 ten-minute episodes.


  • Zippi - The brains of the Toucan 'Tecs, who comes up with plans. Wherever he goes around the world, he always wears a matching hat corresponding to the country. He is voiced by Philip Whitchurch.
  • Zac - Zippi's partner of the Toucan 'Tecs, who carries out Zippi's plans. He wears blue glasses. He is voiced by Tony Robinson.
  • Samson - A snail who provides the equipment that toucans will need to carry out their cases. He wears a fuchsia and aqua polka dot bow tie. He has a Scottish accent and is the Toucan 'Tecs agent. He is voiced by Peter Hawkins and later by Philip Whitchurch.
  • Fifi - A fat duck who provides transport for the toucans. She is voiced by Kate Lee in a German accent.
  • The Mad Ducks - The main antagonists who are always up to no good, having fun and playing at others inconvenience and expense. They wear pilot helmets in different colours and goggles. They are voiced by Tony Robinson, Philip Whitchurch and Kate Lee.
    • The Red Leader - The boss of the Mad Ducks. She always gives the word and wears a brown jacket, a pale pink scarf, a red pilot helmet and goggles. She is voiced by Kate Lee.


# Title Summary Air Date
1 Gopher Gold Zippi and Zac are called in to help a Mexican Gopher whose burrow is being destroyed by the Mad Ducks! 21 October 1990
2 Swiss Roll Shammy the Mountain Goat calls in the toucan detectives to find out why none of the cuckoo clocks work anymore. 22 October 1990
3 Highland Fling Willy the bat hasn't had a wink of sleep in Invergargle Castle for ages - but why? 23 October 1990
4 High Flyers Billions the tycoon pigeon needs Zippi and Zac to help him budge the Mad Ducks who have landed on his New York penthouse. 24 October 1990
5 The Peacock Palace Scoop A magic carpet arrives to whisk the toucans off to the mysterious and fabulous East. But why? 25 October 1990
6 The Big Drip A family of beavers in Canada are in a lot of trouble when all the water disappears from their dam, Zippi and Zac are called in to help. 26 October 1990
7 Desert Island Ducks The intrepid toucans find a way to rescue the baby turtles on a beautiful South Seas island. 27 October 1990
8 The Snail's Tale The story of how the toucan detectives first met Samson the snail and those mad, bad, dangerous Mad Ducks. 28 October 1990
9 Pandamonium Zippi and Zac are on their way to China to help by the Giant Pandas those Mad Ducks are playing on their playground, but then was spooked by a fire breathing dragon. 29 October 1990
10 Crazy Golf TBA 1 November 1990
11 Down-Under the Weather Poor Zippi was having a bad cold when Zac visits Australia with the koala bears, but at the outback the Mad Ducks know their boss Red Leader got a bad cold with they steal some leaves. 2 November 1990
12 Dolly Rockers Zippi and Zac travels to Siberia Russia to help Boris, but the Mad Ducks steals a bunch of dolls. 3 November 1990
13 The Grand Ostrich Ball TBA 7 November 1990
14 Arabian Knights TBA 8 November 1990
15 Mad Ducks Olympics The Mad Ducks are holding their annual Olympic Games, but there's a lot of cheating going on! 9 November 1990
16 Colour Crazy TBA 10 November 1990
17 Barmy Barn Dance TBA 11 November 1990
18 Up in the Air Zippi and Zac go to the forest in Finland to help the flying squirrels who are frightened by the Mad Ducks with hang gliders. 12 November 1990
19 Soccer it to Them TBA 13 November 1990
20 Potty Pirates TBA 14 November 1990
21 The Ice Cream Scream Tiki the Himalayan snow leopard hears an awful noise - then the snow starts to disappear. 15 November 1990
22 Zac in Love TBA 20 November 1990
23 Ducks and Dragons TBA 21 November 1990
24 Magic Tricks TBA 22 November 1990
25 Prickly Problems TBA 24 November 1990
26 Raising a Stink TBA 29 November 1990


  • Developed from Zippi and Zac a series of books by Heinemann Young Books
  • Original story by: Peter Lawson and Elizabeth Laird
  • Series Consultants: Cartwn Cymru
  • Script: Roger Stennett, John Gatehouse
  • Voices: Peter Hawkins, Kate Lee, Tony Robinson, Philip Whitchurch
  • Storyboard and Layout: Wayne Thomas, Nik Lever
  • Backgrounds: Jocelyn Smith, Karen Pereira
  • Animation: Paul Bannister, Steve Hayne, Roger Philips, Lloyd Sutton, Graham Griffiths, Chris Webster, Nigel Davies, Andrew Janes, Phil Parker, Theresa Whatley, Andy Wilson, Malcom McGookin, Darren Holt, Denise Heywood, Martin Edwards
  • Assistant Animation: Helen Smith, Johnathan Tordoff, Helen Michael, Paul Greenall, Michael Harrison, David Taylor, Craig Whittle, Jonathan Barry
  • For the Ink 'n' Paint Co: Elizabeth Butler, Nic Howell, Andrew Peters, Lisa Ann Pike, Marie Sheard, Inez Stoodley, Jenny Thomissen, Rosemary Thorburn, Pauline Webster, Wendy Williams
  • Xerox and Tracing: Mark Grindley, Joanna Alvey, Ruth Jacobs, Dona Walsh
  • Painting: Colour Crew
  • Line Tester: Duncan Harris
  • Camera: Cardiff Cartoon Camera Company, Mark Sutton, Steve Charkewycz, Tim Francis
  • Sound: Eco Ltd, Ray Buckley, APS, Ian Gillespie, Silk Sound
  • Materials: Film Sales, Cromacolour
  • Editor: Robert Francis
  • Off-Line Editor: Andrew Brearley
  • On-Line Editing: Editz
  • Music: Ernie Wood
  • Production Co-ordinators: Ceri Griffin, Melvin Howcroft
  • Directors: Gary Hurst, Nik Lever
  • Producers: Naomi Jones, Ian Steel
  • Executive Producers: Christopher Grace, John Marsen
  • a Cartwn Cymru production for Yorkshire Television in association with S4C
  • A Catslyst Pictures Ltd Production in association with Cartoon for Yorkshire Television
  • © Yorkshire Television Ltd MCMXC/MCMXCII
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