Stuff like Hanna-Barbera's Loopy De Loop, Cosgrove Hall's Victor & Hugo, those two episodes of It 'ain't Half Hot Mum that were lost during the first broadcast...
But out of the most obscure shows I've posted about so far, this is about as rare as the unpreserved J50 locomotives. A Children's TV Series created and produced by, of all companies, Spitting Image Productions (of Spitting Image fame)!!
The Winjin' Pom was a very short-lived series - consisting of 6 half-hour episodes in the early 90's - about a magical, flying camper van known for his grumbling by a band of Australians (the Gullagaloona Backpackers) on a mission to travel the world. But the Pom brings more bad luck than good when an evil Mafia vulture, name of Jay Gee Chicago, discovers the Pom's magic abilities and tries to hijack it for his own criminal deeds with his allies Howard Hyena and the Crow Brothers, Ronnie and Reggie.
|"Stone the Crows!" The Pom and Aussies try to outrun the Crow Brothers.|
The series also impressed me with the many medias used - combining puppetry, stop-motion animation, greenscreening and live-action models to keep the visuals just as madcap as the storylines.
And to bring all the characters to life the vocal talents consist of Adèle Anderson, Mark Arden, Stephen Frost, Alison Jiear and William Todd-Jones (renown for plating Mopatop from Jim Henson's Mopatop's Shop).
|The Pom gleefully "chokes" the Moon in 2D Animated segments before the ad breaks!|
|The cover of the Winjin' Pom in novel form - illustrated by Graham Higgins|
But as with many things in this life, this series is short but sweet. So if you come across a show that no one else has ever heard off - from a book to a single episode - keep it safe and Google for it. You never know the worth it may have to this day!!
For now, until someone does decide to do something with this forgotten series, you're welcome enough to purchase a home-made DVD of all six episodes - CLICK THIS LINK!
And if you're lucky, try nabbing the book as well from Amazon!
A rare sneak peek of the series in action - Alison Jiear's performance as Bruce the Red Back Spider!