"It was another day in the Land of Do As You're Told..."
Thus began one of the most surreal childrens programmes of the 1980s - Stoppit And Tidyup! Based on all those little phrases so beloved of parents, the programme turns them around, giving each its own personality. The show follows the exploits of the frequently immature and annoying Stoppit and the hard done-by and loveable Tidyup in their native land.
Produced by CMTB animation and animated by Terry Brain, Steve Box and Charles Mills, it was always going to be something out of the ordinary - this is the team that brought us Trapdoor, while Brain and Box were later employed by Aardman animations. And, of course, there was Terry Wogan, narrating the series.
Stoppit And Tidyup is based in the Land of Do As You're Told, a charming place with lots of weird and wonderful characters. The characters are smaller than humans, with the biggest living in an old Tree Stump and the smallest fitting into a tin can. The land itself is extremely bizarre, but not completely detached from our own world - one episode features a busy road, one features children playing, and all include a visit to the Dump.
There are a few slight differences, however. For a start, the Gherkins. The Gherkin is the food of choice in Do As You're Told, which is handy because they grow absolutely everywhere. There appear to be many different types of Gherkin, small and large, plain and striped, and all brightly coloured with green bits growing on top. And then, of course, there are the characters. None of the characters actually speak decipherable words as such. Instead they gabble, grunt, squeak and hum whilst series narrator Terry Wogan unravels the tale for viewers.
Stoppit and Tidyup was a BBC series originally broadcast in 1987, and also aired on PBS and Nickelodeon in the United States. The series was part funded by The Tidy Britain Group, a Wigan-based organisation whose aim was to reduce the amount of unsolicited rubbish in and around the UK.
There were a total of 13 episodes made, each approx 5 minutes in length.
|Episode #||Title||Air Date|
|01||Beequiet And Beehave||12th Septemebr 1988|
|02||Eat Your Greens||19th Septemeber 1988|
|03||Comb Your Hair||26th September 1988|
|04||Wash Your Face||03rd October 1988|
|05||Go And Play||10th October 1988|
|06||I Said No!||17th October 1988|
|07||Hurry Up||24th October 1988|
|08||Calm Down||31st October 1988|
|09||Don't Do That!||07th November 1988|
|10||Go to Bed||14th November 1988|
|11||Sayplease And Saythankyou||21st November 1988|
|12||Clean Your Teeth||28th November 1988|
|13||Take Care||5th December 1988|