Round the Bend was a British children's television series,
which ran for three seasons on Children's ITV from 1989 to 1991. It was
cancelled, supposedly following complaints from Mary Whitehouse's National Viewers and
Listeners Association about the coarseness of the satire and for being politically incorrect. The show was a Hat Trick
production for Yorkshire Television. The show was later
repeated on Channel 4 and Nickelodeon
Created by the team behind the comic Oink! - Patrick Gallagher,
Husband and Mark
Rodgers, the puppets were made by the team who made the puppets for Spitting Image.
Round the Bend was a parody of Saturday morning magazine shows — with a
host providing linking material between cartoons, music videos and news sections - albeit set in a sewer. The title of the
show is a reference to a toilet U-bend, with the opening
titles beginning with the camera being flushed down a toilet and ending up in a
Other sections included:
- The Son of, The Return of, The Revenge of.... The False Teeth From Beyond
The Stars. Another B-Movie parody, featuring a character named Roger
Prentice, the apprentice Dentist. A crossover between the Atomic Banana
ensued, entitled False Teeth From Beyond the Stars Meet Atom Banana.
- Pzycho the Magnificent - an animated section in which Pzycho would
attempt to use magic for his own personal gain, but would get
caught by the police every time.
- The Oddbod Family - animated shorts, each week centred around a
member of a family who all have abnormal abilities.
- Tommy's Magic Time Trousers - animation about a boy who can travel
through time whenever he drops his trousers. Many trouser puns were used, such as in the time-travel sequence Tommy
would say "The flies the limit!", with the trousers replying "Brace yourself Tommy!!". The
segment always ended with the trousers saying "If only he knew Tommy!, if only
- Cosmic Comprehensive - animation about a school of aliens.
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