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Series cast summary:
Norman Hetherington ...
 Bill Steamshovel / ... (1 episode, 1980)
Jane Fennell ...
 Miss Jane (1 episode, 1980)
Terry Dowling ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1980)
Ian McLean ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1980)


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1 July 1959 (Australia)  »

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(1959-1974)| (1975-)
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Rebecca Hetherington, the last presenter, is the daughter of Norman Hetherington, who also played, and created Mr Squiggle, and writer Margaret Hetherington. Norman also played, Bill, Gus and Blackboard. See more »


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Classic Kids' TV
18 June 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Mr Squiggle easily rates as a definitive children's' TV show in Australia, alongside 'Play School'.

Mr Squiggle himself was "the man from the moon" - in real life, a puppet with immovable mouth and controlled by strings. The most important feature of Squiggle's was his nose - He had a pencil for a nose.

Mr Squiggle went where he was going by his rocket - whom he names, affectionately (even if not creatively), Rocket. When Mr Squiggle arrived, he would meet with the hostess (Miss Pat, Miss Jane & Rebecca, among others) to draw some pictures with her (saying he needed her to hold his hand to be able to draw his squiggles).

The artwork itself was drawn onto cardboard, with some shapes and/or lines already drawn (these were sent in by viewers). Mr Squiggle would then draw his own picture ("squiggle"), building from the existing things. With one catch - he would always draw the squiggles upside-down (occasionally he drew it sideways).

Other regular characters included:

Blackboard - This blackboard had attitude! His constant "Humph, hurry up!"s amused adults and kids alike.

Bill the Steamshovel - He was a bit of a jolly character, always willing to help

Gus the Snail - Gus was an enterprising little insect, even starting his own TV channel! He didn't always have a shell on his back - he usually had something quite different such as a TV or a potplant.

I can't speak for the early years, but in the '80s the show went for half an hour. In the '90s and past 2000 the show was reduced to a five-minute format, with only the squiggles and smallest of story lines. Thankfully, Blackboard survived the culling though :)

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