Tales From Fat Tulip's Garden ,written by Debbie Gates, broadcast by ITV in May and June, 1985. This series won prizes at the Chicago International Festival of Children's Films and the Children's Program at the San Francisco International Film Festival. It was followed by the sequel Fat Tulip Too (thirteen episodes shown during the summer of 1987) and then a Christmas special on December 25, 1987. All the programmes were shot on location in Hertfordshire and Southend for the seaside scenes, the only animation was the opening and closing titles.
The Fat Tulip stories were told and co-written by Tony Robinson and included characters such as Thin Tim, Fred the Baddie, Gilbert Harding Sheep, Bunting Tadpole, Anwar and Amita Rabbit, Tracey Bee, a cockle called Jim Morrison, and the Terrible Stinkers - Peter, Paul and Mary. Spin-off books were also published in 1985: Meet a Dog Called Dorian and Never Eat a Tortoise in picture book format, and Tales from Fat Tulip's Garden as a paperback.
Having worked on the production of the series you had to be careful what you said and did, because you noticed any weird characteristic you exhibited or odd story you told would get included by Debbie Gates in a Fat Tulip story. At first the stories were taken around the local schools where Tony would tell them to a class and Debbie would watch the responses to see what intrigued them most and what made them laugh.
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