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The Psammead, with team: standing L-R: James Davis, Paul McGuinness, Mark Holt, Francis Wright, Malcolm James (Psammead designer); kneeling L-R: Andy Fraser, Alan Groves.

'Mortimer & Arabel' the exterior of Rainwater Crescent.

‘Mortimer & Arabel’ the exterior of Rainwater Crescent. This remarkable set filled the Model Stage of BBC Visual Effects where the two series were shot.

The Psammead (Francis Wright) with Tamzen Audas, Simon Godwin, Charlie Richards and Nicole Mowatt

YOU AND ME: Dibs and Cosmo (played by Francis Wright and Frances Kay); the puppets were made by Tim Rose

YOU AND ME: Dibs and Cosmo (Francis Wright & Frances Kay) with Harry Towb, Bharti Patel, Clive Mason, Gary Wilmot, Jeni Barnett and Larrington Walker

YOU AND ME: Dibs and Cosmo with Bill Owen, Jeni Barnett, Gary Wilmot and Indira Joshi

BEACHCOMBER BAY: Casey-Lee Jolleys with Bertha (Sheila Clark), Salty Dog (Richard Coombs), and Sam Seagull (Francis Wright). In the foreground are Spike and Marlon, the ship’s rats (Francis Wright and Richard Coombs)

GOPHERS!: Arthur Burrows (Francis Wright – key puppeteer/voice – with Frederick Warder in the body); all the characters designed by Ron Mueck

GOPHERS!: Arthur Burrows wrestles with his conscience

GOPHERS!: Sly the Lizard (Francis Wright) assistant to the evil Dr. Wince. Puppet designed by Ron Mueck

GOPHERS!: Sly being punished

GOPHERS!: The crows, Frankie and Ollie (Francis Wright & Erik Collinson)

The Cast and Crew of Gophers! (at Tyne-Tees TV.)

The Cast and Crew of Gophers! (at Tyne-Tees TV.)

From GOPHERS!; Beatrice & Arthur Burrows (Erik Collinson & Frederick Warder) with their voices (Sue Scott-Davison & Francis Wright)

From GOPHERS!: Beatrice & Arthur Burrows (Erik Collinson & Frederick Warder) with their voices behind (Sue Scott-Davison & Francis Wright)

GOPHERS! Director Nick Willing with Sly (Francis Wright)

GOPHERS! Director Nick Willing with Sly (Francis Wright)

Francis Wright & Arthur Burrows (Frederick Warder) over the garden wall

Francis Wright & Arthur Burrows (Frederick Warder) over the garden wall

The evil Dr. Wince (Sue Scott-Davison with fur and stethoscope) plots with lizard sidekick, Sly (Francis Wright)

The evil Dr. Wince (Sue Scott-Davison with fur and stethoscope) plots with lizard sidekick, Sly (Francis Wright)

Arthur Burrows (Frederick Warder & Francis Wright) with friends

Arthur Burrows (Frederick Warder & Francis Wright) with friends

BUG ALERT! Grub Bug (Francis Wright) in his kitchen about to create havoc – and something tasty

The Unit Photo of THE MUCH BUNCH, taken 1979.

THE MUNCH BUNCH – unit photo, 1979. From L-R: Mary Turner (director); Christine Glanville, Francis Wright, Paul Marwaha (camera), Sue Dacre, Bogus Machnik (design assistant), John Read (producer), Ann Brandon, John Jelly (designer), David Ross and Joyce Wren

LABYRINTH: Ludo (Ron Mueck in body) with Sarah (Jennifer Connelly).
Ludo’s face team: Don Austen, Sue Dacre and Francis Wright

BUG ALERT!: Slop (Joe Greco) and Grunge (Francis Wright) in their den

WIZADORA: Hangle the coat hanger (Francis Wright)

MORTIMER AND ARABEL: The evil Mr Leggitt (Francis Wright) character designed by Quentin Blake

THE SPOOKS OF BOTTLE BAY: Sybil Sludge, a wicked estate agent (Francis Wright)

ALICE IN WONDERLAND: Mr. March Hare (Francis Wright – key puppeteer/voice – with Adrian Getley in the body)

ART ATTACK: The Head, with Francis Wright and producer Nic Ayling

Taken at The Greenwood Theatre near London Bridge. The stage was often used for TV programmes.

BUG ALERT! Series 2 (Two-Sides TV) Taken at The Greenwood Theatre near London Bridge. The stage was often used for TV programmes.

Polka Children's Theatre: the cast of 'The Wind in the Willows' adapted and directed by the theatre's founder, Richard Gill, with designs by Elizabeth Waghorn. The cast, from L-R: Peter Calverley (Mole); Francis Wright (Toad); Simon Gregory (Rat); Andy Lawrence (Badger). In front are Debby Cumming and Susan Lintern-Coward.

1983 – Polka Children’s Theatre, Wimbledon: ‘The Wind in the Willows’ adapted and directed by the theatre’s founder, Richard Gill, with designs by Elizabeth Waghorn. The cast, from L-R: Peter Calverley (Mole); Francis Wright (Toad); Simon Gregory (Rat); Andy Lawrence (Badger). In front are Debby Cumming and Susan Lintern-Coward.

WOODEN STARS at Polka Children's Theatre. This show was a whirlwind history of puppet theatre, written and directed by Polka's founder, Richard Gill.

WOODEN STARS at Polka Children’s Theatre. This show was a whirlwind history of puppet theatre, written and directed by Polka’s founder, Richard Gill. It featured puppets of all kinds – antique and modern. The performers (standing, from L-R) were Simon Gregory, Francis Wright, Gerald Home, Susie Breakell, and (seated L-R) are Debby Cumming and Sue Jeffrey.

Underground and Underneath the Psammead

YOU AND ME: Dibs in fancy dress

Donald Trump from
“Donald Trump does Bohemian Rhapsody”

‘Ballooniville’ – the cast and production team, 2011


Shelley from BBC TV’s ‘Hotch Potch House’

The Phoenix spreads his wings (‘The Phoenix and the Carpet’ – BBC TV, 1997)

The Psammead (Francis Wright) grants a wish.

The Psammead (Francis Wright) grants a wish. Photo by Andy James

the Psammead (Francis Wright) being given some tender loving care by his designer, Malcolm James

The Psammead (Francis Wright) being given some tender loving care by his designer, Malcolm James. Photo by Andy James

The Psammead (from BBC TV's 'Five Children & It') at rest.

The Psammead (from BBC TV’s ‘Five Children & It’) at rest. Photo by Andy James

The Psammead (Francis Wright) bids farewell to director Marilyn Fox on the last day of shooting

The Psammead (Francis Wright) bids farewell to director Marilyn Fox on the last day of shooting. Photo by Andy James

The title card from 'The Adventures of Captain Zeelig' - a drama-based games show made by 2-Sides TV for Channel 5.

The title card from ‘The Adventures of Captain Zeelig’ – a drama-based games show made by 2-Sides TV for Channel 5.

Production credits for 'The Adventures of Captain Zeelig' (2-Sides TV for Channel 5)

Production credits for ‘The Adventures of Captain Zeelig’ (2-Sides TV for Channel 5)

This expressive character was made and sculpted by Philip Eason. He felt that this photo could have been taken in the rehearsal rooms of the National Theatre.

‘Weaver’ from ‘English Express’ (BBC Schools). Philip Eason made the puppet, and felt that this photo could have been taken in the rehearsal rooms of the National Theatre.

The character narrates the story of Gemma, a small girl who copes with bullying in the playground

‘Weaver the Storyteller’ from ‘English Express’ (BBC Schools). The character narrates the story of Gemma, a small girl who copes with bullying in the playground

A still from the closing scenes of LABYRINTH. Ludo is at the back, big and shaggy. Passing minicabs continued to interfere with his radio controlled face until the end of the shoot.

A still from the closing scenes of LABYRINTH. Ludo is at the back, big and shaggy. Passing minicabs outside Elstree Studios continued to interfere with his radio controlled face until the end of the shoot.

James Coombs as the evil Colonel South in 'The Adventures of Captain Zeelig' - an environmentally aware drama-based games show (phew!) With him is his purple sidekick, Cyber Rat (Francis Wright).

James Coombes as the evil Colonel South in ‘The Adventures of Captain Zeelig’ – an environmentally- aware drama-based games show (phew!) With him is his purple sidekick, Cyber Rat (Francis Wright). The series was directed by Peter Eyre

From 'Hotch Potch House' (BBC Schools); the musical numbers were shot against bluescreen; here Richard Coombs (who also played Rags) plots simple choreography with Victoria Willing, Juli Marr, Alison McGowan and Rosie Riggs.

From ‘Hotch Potch House’ (BBC Schools); the musical numbers were shot against bluescreen; here Richard Coombs (who also played Rags) plots simple choreography with Victoria Willing, Juli Marr, Alison McGowan and Rachel Riggs

The interior set of 'Hotch Potch House' designed by David Bevin of Red Rhino.

The interior set of ‘Hotch Potch House’ designed by David Bevin of Red Rhino

The authors of 'Bug Alert!' (Peter Eyre & Francis Wright) with cast

The authors of ‘Bug Alert!’ (Peter Eyre & Francis Wright) with cast

Father Nandru and the Wolves: poster, 2014

‘Father Nandru and the Wolves’ by Julian Garner (poster, 2014)

Kapra with Handler: Francis Wright with Goat, ‘Father Nandru & the Wolves’ – Wilton’s Music Hall, 2014. Photograph by Vanessa Quiney)

The goats, waiting to go on. (From 'Father Nandru & the Wolves' by Julian Garner, Wilton's Music Hall, 2014. Photograph by Vanessa Quiney)

The goats, waiting to go on. (From ‘Father Nandru & the Wolves’ by Julian Garner, Wilton’s Music Hall, 2014. Photograph by Vanessa Quiney)

Written by Francis Wright

April 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm

2 Responses

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  1. aaaaah….so lovely to see all these characters again, some of my favourites! The Head, the Psammead…and evil Mr Leggit of course!
    By the way do you know Wikipedia wants to know more about you? So little time, so much to do!
    Lizza

    Lizza Aiken

    April 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm

  2. Francis, our lives have crossed so closely from time to time. The photograph of Malcolm James was a blast from the past, as we were friends at junior school, tied close because of our mutual love of drawing and making, though we lost touch when his family moved away. And so many of the productions shown here were ones on which friends of mine worked. Extraordinary!

    Clive Hicks-Jenkins

    June 14, 2016 at 3:21 pm


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