Tingha and Tucker (aka Tingha and Tucker Club, The)
Main DetailsTransmitted: ITV, October 1962 - October 1970
Episodes/Length: 138 x 10m / 20m
Cast and CrewProduced by: Bill Allenby, Jean Morton and John Pullen
Directed by: John Holdsworth, Dilys Howell and John Pullen
Music by: Tony Hatch
Principal Cast: Pat Astley and Jean Morton
Sterling Times: Tingha and Tucker Annual 1969
YouTube: Cliff Richard on Tingha and Tucker
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- Tingha and Tucker were originally stuffed toy koalas owned by Jean "Auntie" Morton, and were later turned into more functional puppets.
- They had their own fan club, the 'Tingha and Tucker Club' which had up to 750,000 members, and was reportedly shut down after ATV was unable to cope with the volume of fan mail received!
- In addition to Tingha and Tucker, the series also featured Willie Wombat, Wendy Wombat, Grandad Wombat, Katie Kookaburra and Ermintrude Emu.
- The name Tingha is derived from the town of Tingha in New South Wales, Australia
- The Tingha and Tucker puppets were reportedly stolen from storage at ATV shortly after the series ended.
- One of the more famous shows used on the series was 'The Wibbly, Wobbly Way'.
- The theme music was written by Tony Hatch, who also composed the theme tune for Neighbours.
- A spin-off episode was transmitted each Sunday called 'The Tree House Family'.
- The fan club's magic password was 'Woomerang Boomerang'!
- Jean Morton was a former ATV continuity announcer.
- Tingha and Tucker children's annuals were produced between 1967 and 1971, with a 7" single called 'Woomerang Boomerang' in 1964, and a follow-up Beatles cover album (?!) called 'Tingha and Tucker present the New Wombaville Band'.
- The lyrics of their song were 'Woomerang, boomerang, this is our song / Merrily, merrily, we sing along / Woomerang, boomerang, look over there / It's Tingha and Tucker, the two little bears!'
Titles and Theme TuneYouTube - Opening Titles
Last reviewed: 10/04/2008
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