The Wombles is a 70’s Children’s TV animated show,
based on characters created by Elisabeth Beresford. The
idea for the Wombles developed from a winter stroll on
Wimbledon Common with her children and her first
Wombles book was published in 1968.
All the Wombles are named after places around the world
and new Womble 'Alderney' is named after the Channel
Island where Elisabeth Beresford has lived for over 20
a number of
her family, such
as Great Uncle
(father-in-law), Tobermory (brother), Orinoco (son) and
Madame Cholet (mother).
The Wombles appeared long before recycling and
environmental concerns became an issue. They
captured the hearts of children and adults and have
become part of British national folklore.
Sixty episodes were produced for the first series, each lasting five minutes. Eventually Filmfair
produced a new series of the Wombles 23 years after the last one. For the original series Bernard
Cribbins provided the voices of the Wombles and also narrated it, but sadly he wasn't used for the
Mike Batt, who produced the original unforgettable
theme tune has re-recorded it for the new series, which
goes like this:
'Underground, overground, wombling free
the Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we.
Making good use of the things that we find,
things that the everyday folk leave behind.'
Not only that, the Wombles made a successful live
action Movie (Wombling Free - 1977) and made lots of
songs/albums, which netted Mike Batt an awful lot of money.
Wombles are small furry creatures with long noses that
live in an underground burrow on Wimbledon
Common, London, UK. The burrow is a strange place,
as it has a drawbridge for a front door, the walls are
lined with newspaper and everything inside of it looks
like it has been made from rubbish.
In fact most things in the burrow has been made from
rubbish, as Wombles go out on the common, with large
bags, looking for rubbish that people have thrown
away. You see a Womble is very environmentally
friendly and loves recycling things (they call it
If I could have a Womble living in my back garden, then I would, but they prefer larger areas
where people throw away more things. Also they are frightened of humans.
Most of them are hard working, but there is always one bad egg (Orinoco).
The burrow on Wimbledon Common is lead by Great
Uncle Bulgeria, who makes sure that Bungo, Orinoco,
Tomsk ,and Wellington go out and retrieve the day's
Years later they are still Wombling strong, but now have
Alderney, Stepney, Shansi and Obidos to help them.
Keeping pace with technology hasn't been a problem
for the Wombles and they now have a Wom-copter and
a Burrow Buggy to aid their search for useful items, and
a Wom-fax to keep in touch with other Wombles around
The Wombles Characters
Great Uncle Bulgaria
He is in charge of all the other Wombles on Wimbledon Common and is
very old and wise. Although their burrow is warm and cosy he still
sometimes feels the cold and so he wears a tartan shawl.
Great Uncle Bulgaria can be quite strict at times but still he is kind
He is always asking the other Wombles to find him a copy of the latest 'Times' newspaper.
When he can, he likes to sit in his office on his rocking chair and think (which normally turns into a
He used to be good a footballer when he was a young Womble. So when they found a football, he
decided that the Wombles should get fit and that they should form a football team - Womble
He is the smallest and shyest Womble. Although he is rather absent-
minded he often comes up will all kinds of clever ideas and inventions.
He also loves to use big words.
He is the fattest and laziest Womble who often needs 'a little forty winks'
before he can get his strength up to start work. He is always late for
everything because he's overslept and it looks like he has never
brushed his fur.
For Orinoco, a bench is not for sitting on, but instead it is for sleeping
on. The only time he thinks about work is when he is asleep. If he isn't
thinking of sleeping, then he's thinking of eating, and tries to be first in
line for dinner.
He is always complaining about something. Once, he was caught up in a white net and none of
the others could see him (or were they just ignoring him). It was fun for a while, until he had
trouble walking back to the burrow to eat his food.
He is a headstrong Womble who is inclined to be a little bossy and full of
his own importance.
But he came down to earth when he had to go and rescue Wellington
when a human was getting too close. To disguise himself, he had to
wear a cardboard box over himself. Eventually he found Wellington and
He is the largest Womble in the burrow. He enjoys keeping fit and is
always trying to persuade Orinoco to do more exercise, without any
He is the only Womble that doesn't wear a hat.
He is in charge of the workshop where he makes all kinds of clever and
useful gadgets with the things that the other Wombles find. He is always
very busy. He used to be in the Navy.
She is a wonderful cook and makes delicious meals will all kinds of strange ingredients. Her
clover buns and elm-bark pies with acorn topping are famous throughout the Womble world.
She lives in a tree house and looks after the lake on the Common, trying to keep it clean and tidy.
She has been dubbed by the press as 'Girl Power Womble'.
He is a barrow-boy on an exchange visit from the Thames burrow. His ideas often seem a little
way-out to the other Wombles in the burrow.
She is of Chinese descent and is a keen gardener and conservationist.
He comes from the Rio de Janeiro burrow and is well-travelled. He knows a great deal about the customs of Wombles around the world.
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The Wombles Episodes
Series 1 (1973)
1. Orinoco & The Big Black Umbrella
2. The Rocking Chair
3. A Sticky Ending (or A Sticky End)
4. Great Uncle Bulgaria's Keep Fit Lesson
5. A Safe Place
7. The Purple Paw Mystery
8. Bungo's Birthday Party
9. The Invisible Womble
10. Orinoco Sees The Light
11. The Conkering Hero
12. One Pair Of Feet
13. Tobermory On Television
14. Crossed Lines
15. Blow The Womble Down
16. Madame Cholet Returns
17. Weighing In Time
18. Musical Wombles
19. Wombles And Ladders
20. Orinoco And The Ghost
21. A Game Of Golf
22. North, South, East, West
23. The Picnic
24. Games In The Snow
25. The Snow Wombles
26. What's Cooking?
27. Spring Cleaning Time
28. Marrow Pie
29. The Cement Mixer
30. The Circus Comes To Wimbledon
Series 2 (1975)
1. Bungo Up A Tree
2. Time And Slow Motion
3. Tomsk In Trouble
4. The Largest Womble In The World
5. Running Out Of Steam
6. Orinoco's Midnight Feast
7. Speak Up
8. The Vanishing Pancake
9. Madame Cholet & the Blackberries
10. The Fruit Machine
11. Portrait Of Great Uncle Bulgaria
12. Very Behind The Times
13. Burrow Hot Line
14. Trunk Call
15. MacWomble The Terrible
16. A Single Piper
17. Porridge For Breakfast
18. Highland Games
19. Home Sickness
20. Goodbye MacWomble
22. Film Show
23. Pirate Gold
24. Warm & Cosy
25. Autumn Leaves
26. The Wombles Times
27. Operation W.R.A.P.
28. The Secret Snorer
29. Womble Fool's Day
30. Womble Summer Party
Series 3 (1998)
1. The Ghost Of Wimbledon Common
2. Orinoco The Magnificent
3. Tomsk To The Rescue
4. Madame Cholet's Day Off
5. Beautiful Boating Weather
6. MacWomble Is Coming
7. Shansi's Surprise
8. Any Womble For Tennis?
9. Out Of This Earth
10. Camping And Cloudberries
11. Spring Into Action
12. Hola Obidos
13. Welcome Back Bungo
Series 4 (1999)
1. Car Trouble
2. Deep Space Wombles
3. Orinoco's Sick Day
4. Wild News Chase
5. Macwomble The Charming
6. Rainy Daze
7. Great Cake Mystery
8. Bigfoot Womble
9. Chaos On The Common
10. Weather Or Not
11. Trouble At The Thames
12. Great Womble Explorer
13. Womble Winterland
Series 5 (1999)
1. New Year! New You!
2. Alderney's Big Break
3. The Thingummawotsit
4. The Sleep Wombler
5. A Life In The Day Of Madame Cholet
7. Star Struck
8. Practically Joking
9. Tomsk's Pen Pal
10. What's A Womble?
11. Queen For A Day
12. The Womble Races
13. The Womble Times
Series 6 (1999)
1. Fancy! Fancy Dress
2. Time Travelling Tomsk
3. Bungo Bingo
4. The Thames Burrow Adventure
5. The Wombles Of Our Discontent
6. Riddle Me This
7. Unlucky Me
8. Nanny Alexandria Comes To Stay
9. The Unwelcome Womble
10. Shansi's Spider
11. Anchors Aweigh
12. Womble Inventor Of The Year
13. A Visit To The Highland Burrow
1. World Womble Day (1990)
2. The Wandering Wombles (1991)
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