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The Psammead from BBC TV’s ‘Five Children and It’


FRANCIS WRIGHT
is represented by

MICHELLE BRAIDMAN ASSOCIATES
Futura  House, 169 Grange Road,
London SE13 3BN.

(020 7237 3523)

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CREDITS INCLUDE:

FIVE CHILDREN AND IT   (BBC Children’s Drama)
The Psammead – voice/puppeteer. (Director: Marilyn Fox);

THE RETURN OF THE PSAMMEAD   (BBC Children’s Drama)
The Psammead – voice/puppeteer. (Director: Marilyn Fox);

THE PHOENIX AND THE CARPET  (BBC Children’s Drama)
Phoenix puppeteer & The Psammead – voice/puppeteer.
(Director: Michael Kerrigan);

ALICE IN WONDERLAND   (Hallmark Entertainment – film)
The Mad March Hare – voice/puppeteer. (Director: Nick Willing);

ART ATTACK & ART ATTACK INTERNATIONAL  (Media Merchants for ITV/Disney)
The Head – voice/puppeteer. 1991 – 2004;

YOU AND ME   (BBC Schools)
Dibs – voice/puppeteer/co-writer.
(Directors: Richard Callanan; Nicci Crowther; Cas Lester);

BEACHCOMBER BAY   (Renard Television for Channel 5) 65 episodes.
Sam Seagull; Spike Rat – voice/puppeteer.
(Director: Richard Callanan);

THE ARK   (Yorkshire TV/Anglia) Series 3 & 4.
Rat – voice/puppeteer.
(Directors:  Steve Wright; Roger Singleton-Turner);

BUG ALERT!   (Two-Sides TV/Channel 4) Series 1, 2 & 3.
Co-writer with Peter Eyre. Grub Bug, Grunge, Mystic Mug, and others – voice/puppeteer.
(Director: Peter Eyre);

SOOTY   (Granada) Series 50 & 51
Sweep,  Butch – squeaks/voice/puppeteer.
(Directors: David Coyle; Ian McLean)
;

BALLOONIVILLE   (Two Sides TV/Cartoon Network/Cartoonito)
Booma – voice/puppeteer.
(Director: Patrick Fleming);

DESECRATING EDEN (Film)
Narrator
(Director: Michael Edwards);

DONALD TRUMP DOES BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY  (Gaeta Music)
Donald Trump – voice/puppeteer.
(Directors: Hazel Buchan Cameron/Dmytro Morykit);

THE PAUL O’GRADY SHOW  (Channel 4)
Elocution Teacher for Paul in amusing on-screen item;

THE IMPRESSIONABLE JOHN CULSHAW  (ITV) Light Entertainment show. Puppeteer;

MORTIMER AND ARABEL   (BBC Children’s Fiction – ‘Jackanory’) Series 1 & 2. Coordinating puppeteer, Leggitt, Barnoff, Mr Sterrett, and others – voice/puppeteer.
(Directors: Roger Singleton-Turner; Vivienne Cozens);

GROTBAGS   (Central Television) Series 1 – 4.
Colin the Bat, Lumpy, and others – voice/puppeteer.
(Director: Colin Clews);

HOTCH POTCH HOUSE   (BBC Schools)
Shelley – voice/puppeteer.
(Director: Vivienne Cozens);

JAYS’ WORLD   (Meridian Broadcasting) Series 1 – 3.
JJ, Muriel – voice/puppeteer.
(Director: Ingrid Duffell);

MUYBRIDGE VARIATIONS (Pepper’s Ghost Productions) Producer/movement co-ordinator. Library and CGI database for animators, based on photographic sequences in ‘The Human Figure in Motion’ by Eadweard Muybridge;

WIZADORA   (Meridian Broadcasting) Series 1 & 2.
Hangle, and others – voice/puppeteer.
(Director: David Crozier);

BOSWELL AND JONTY   (Channel 5)  39 short gems;
Boswell – voice/puppeteer. Co-written with Peter Eyre;

SPITTING IMAGE   (Central Television)
Puppeteer/voices.
(Directors: Peter Harris, John Stroud)
;

THE WINJIN’ POM  (Spitting Image Productions)
Puppeteer.
(Director: Steve Bendelack);

MOTORMOUTH   (TVS)
Buster the Skunk, Talkback Computer voice – voice/puppeteer;

PANIC STATION   (TVS) Series 1 & 2.
Ferret, Lady Blister, Mavis – voice/puppeteer.
(Directors: Adrian Edwards; Ingrid Duffell);

SEVEN SPORT   (Sunday Productions, LWT) Series 1 & 2.
Narrator: The Voice of Seven Sport.
(Director: Jaswinder Bancil);

BOOKMARK   (Landseer Films for BBC TV) ‘Sunny Stories – the life of Enid Blyton.’
Voice Characterisations.
(Director: Ken Howard);

THE SPOOKS OF BOTTLE BAY   (Carlton) Series 1 & 3.
Sybil Sludge & others – voice/puppeteer.
(Director: Paul Cole);

THE DJ KAT SHOW   (BskyB)
DJ Kat’s Mother & Scottish cousin Hamish – voice/puppeteer;

STORYTELLER   (TVS)
‘The Soldier and Death.’ Puppeteer.
(Director: Jim Henson);

BUS STOP  (Pepper’s Ghost Productions)
Computer Animation series of shorts. ‘Brief Encounter’ (voices of Gordon & Cynthia) ‘Star trek’  (voices of just about everyone on the Star Ship Enterprise);

B AND B THE BEST  (BBC/Leopard Films)
10 x 1hr episodes for daytime. Narrator.
(Producer: Lisa Hazelhurst);

KITCHEN SHOWDOWN  (RDF Media.UKTV-food)
10 x 1hr episodes. Narrator;

AMERICAN PRINCESS   (NBC/Granada) Reality TV show – 6 episodes.
Voice and Communication Skills mentor for the ten contestants. In vision;

AMERICAN PRINCESS – 2  (WE/Granada) As above – second season;

AUSTRALIAN PRINCESS    (Granada/Channel 10) Reality TV show: public speaking coach for the contestants. In vision;

THE ARABIAN NIGHTS  (Hallmark Entertainment) Film.
Voice Characterisations, including a realistic chimpanzee with dialogue!

THE TENTH KINGDOM (Hallmark Entertainment) Film.
Voice characterisations;

NEWSNIGHT  (BBC TV) Voice Characterisations – For period documentary items;

THE GENERATION GAME  (BBC TV)
With Bruce Forsyth  & Rosemarie Ford. Marionette Performer & Judge;

THE FANTASTIC FLYING JOURNEY  (2-Sides TV for ITV)
Voice characterisations for animation series;

TOP SHOW (Oxford University Press Video)
Gerald the Owl – voice/puppeteer. (Director: Rob Maidment);

THE OSMO ENGLISH SHOW (BBC Worldwide)
Victoria the Vulture – voice/puppeteer. (Director: Don Arioli);

TERROR TOWERS (Media Merchants for ITV): Boris the Spider – voice/puppeteer. (Director: Tim Edmunds);

SOME MORE VOICES:

Kiss FM; Voices for ‘Tiny Planets’ animations; Characters, narration and dialects for audio guide recordings; Rank Screen Advertising; Tussaud’s Group (Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park, Alton Towers, Dover Castle, etc.); Narration for commercial websites;

FILMS INCLUDE:

LABYRINTH (‘Ludo’ team; goblins – puppeteer.) LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (‘Audrey 2’ team); DRAGONSLAYER (SFX Dragons, puppeteer);

BROADCAST WRITING CREDITS INCLUDE:

BUG ALERT! – Series 1 – 3  (78 half-hour episodes)   Co-writer   (CHANNEL 4); MORNING STORY (BBC Radio 4); YOU & ME – various episodes over eleven years (BBC TV); WATCH (BBC TV);  DOCURAMA: Hands Up For More (TVS);  BOSWELL AND JONTY (39 episodes, co-writer) CHANNEL 5; DONALD TRUMP DOES BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY – song lyric (Gaeta Music).

THEATRE CREDITS INCLUDE:

Polka Children’s Theatre (actor/puppeteer); Little Angel Theatre (actor/puppeteer); Playboard Puppets (actor/puppeteer); Caricature Theatre of Wales (puppeteer);

MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL by T.S. Eliot  (Thomas Becket) 75th Anniversary staging, St Mary’s, North Stoke, Sussex. (Director: Brian E. Cook);

FATHER NANDRU AND THE WOLVES by Julian Garner, a folk-play commissioned by Wilton’s Music Hall (Actor/puppeteer).

Written by Francis Wright

January 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm

8 Responses

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  1. Hi Francis,

    Just thought I would leave a note to say I have enjoyed finding and flicking through your blog! I am a fan of Spooks of Bottle Bay and Wizadora, and you may or may not remember sending me a lovely reply to an email I sent about these shows. I still have a print out of the email somewhere.

    You’ve worked on so many classic kids programmes – won’t name all the ones I can associate with as I’d be listing more of the above than what I’d be leaving out!

    Anyway, just thought I’d say hi. Look forward to recognising your voice on the TV lots more!

    Cheers

    Chris

    Chris

    October 29, 2010 at 4:44 pm

  2. very interesting to see all those credits. I used to love Sooty, and Art attack, and beachcomber bay and wizadora. What was it like to work with Wendy van der plank and Brian murphy on wizadora? I wonder what they are like in real life.

    James

    August 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm

  3. Francis,

    Just thought i would leave u a message here. Love your work especially the Psammead and The Head and I remember you as Dibs! What was the worst thing about the filming of the Psammead? I read you were underground filming in the sand pit! How did they dig that hole there for you to be in? What was it like? I also remember loving your tune at the end of Five Children and It and still do as I have the dvd of it! Hope you have more memories of your work you can share

    Katie Fraser

    November 9, 2013 at 1:45 am

    • Hello Katie, ‘Five Children & It’ has just been re-released on DVD by the BBC. It’s been remastered and looks superb. just thought I’d let you know. ‘The Return of the Psammead’ is also out, and the other Nesbit ‘The Phoenix and the Carpet’ (1997) – which has never been issued properly – is due for release in the autumn, I think.
      I hope all is well with you.

      Francis Wright

      July 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm

  4. what a fascinating and varied career you have had. How interesting that you did ‘Art Attack’ – my sons all adored that programme!

    Louise

    January 27, 2015 at 7:47 pm

  5. Hello! Yes, I did AA for 17 years, virtually all of it. It was always great fun – and a very nice team of people.

    Francis Wright

    January 27, 2015 at 7:57 pm

  6. What was it with Colin and his affair with Tracy Myers the vision mixer on Grotbags?

    Katie Fraser

    April 1, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    • Sometimes a lonely bat peers through the cobwebs and something clicks. Is it the heartstrings, or the click of the buttons on a vision mixer’s console ? Tracy quickly learnt to hang upside down in her spare time. I understand they are still on speaking terms.

      Francis Wright

      April 2, 2016 at 6:40 am


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