The Family Ness



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The Family-Ness is a British cartoon series produced in 1983. It was first broadcast on BBC One from 5 October 1984 to 29 March 1985, and it was created by Peter Maddocks of Maddocks Cartoon Productions. Maddocks later went on to produce Penny Crayon and Jimbo and the Jet Set in a similar style. Family-Ness was about the adventures of a family of Loch Ness Monsters and the MacTout family, particularly siblings Elspeth and Angus. The 'Nessies' could be called from the loch by the two children by means of their "thistle whistles".


The Nessies are all named after their main trait, like the Mr. Men. The Nessies bear little likeness to the stereotypical plesiosaurus/serpent appearance (which indeed comes up in one episode); instead, they appear as very fat, yellow dinosaurs with bulbous noses.

Ferocious Ness
The first Loch Ness Monster (and most often seen) to interact with the MacTout children, and subsequently the most frequent to appear in the series. A large crocodile/dragon-like creature who likes frightening tourists and passers-by, he is otherwise generally friendly. He is able to change colour to blend in with his background when on land (only seen in one episode) and can, when this happens, get stuck in whatever colour he chooses, but can be made to change back if confronted with something more frightening than himself, creepy-crawlies being his greatest fear. He once - courtesy of the Mayor and Mayoress - came third in a Loch Ness Monster look-alike competition.
Her High Ness
The Queen of the Nessies, she originally made the rule that humans must not have dealings with Loch Ness Monsters, but later gave the children their secret thistle-whistles in the first episode when she realised how helpful and polite they were. She was seen to breathe fire in just one episode, which she learned to do from "a cousin in China" (presumably a dragon), and on another occasion she stowed away in a ship to visit that cousin. She bears little physical similarities with the other Nessies, taking on a more thinner and more plesiosaurus like appearance.
Baby Ness
The youngest Nessie with a dummy and nappy. He has a surprisingly "sweet tooth" for one who has not yet started teething, as demonstrated once when Forgetful Ness lost him, resulting in his crawling into the back door of Mrs McToffee's sweet shop to steal sweeties, and on another occasion when he had the measles and Angus and Elspeth bought him a whole jar of sticky sweets to cheer him up.
Careful Ness
An excessively cautious Nessie.
Clever Ness
The most intelligent of the Nessies, who sports a fine pair of spectacles. Slightly old and doddering, but if called upon to assist the MacTout children in any way is usually successful in doing so.
Eager Ness
A slightly hyperactive Nessie who can get carried away, but is useful if the children want something done swiftly.
Forgetful Ness
A tie-wearing Nessie who, when he does call the children, sometimes even forgets that it was he who called. Having lost and then retrieved Baby Ness with the help of Angus and Elspeth, he remembered to express his gratitude but forgot what the baby's name was.
Eyewit Ness
Monster with a patch over one eye, who looks like a pirate. He has a tendency to place his telescope over the wrong eye.
Grumpy Ness
An old grumbling Nessie who is the least grateful to hear and react to Angus and Elspeth's thistle-whistles, and perhaps for that reason is one of the least often seen.
Sad Ness
Extremely depressed monster; plays board games against himself.
Heavy Ness
Strong monster, who wears circus "strong man" outfits. Teams up with Mighty Ness to pull Silly Ness free when he gets stuck.
Lovely Ness
Credited in the theme tune as "the kissing kind". A friendly Nessie, but often too dainty to help physically in a great deal of the adventures.
Mighty Ness
Another strong monster dressed in Circus Strongman clothes.
Naughty Ness
A trouble causing monster.
Silly Ness
Dim monster that's always getting into trouble. Often gets stuck in small holes and caves and was the first Nessie the children saw- albeit with his backside up in the air.
Speedy Ness
After Eager Ness, generally the quickest to action, he is distinguished by his red crash helmet.
Nat Ness
Moaning Nessie, dressed in a polka dot t-shirt and large sunglasses.
Sporty Ness
Appears in the opening credits, but seldom reacts to the MacTout children's thistle-whistles. When he does appear he tends to show off, he is shown wearing a red and white striped t-shirt.
Hungry Ness
A Nessie who will eat anything, even diving bells!




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Genre Animated series
Created by Peter Maddocks
Voices of Peter Hawkins
Susan Sheridan
Narrated by  
Counrty of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 25 episodes
Running Time) 5 mins
Original Run 5 October 1984 29 March 1985
Language English