A children's TV sketch show using the premise of comic book with iconic characters such as Daisy Dares you, the hands and more!




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Series cast summary:
Richard Waites Richard Waites ...  Cuthbert Lilly / ... 3 episodes, 1993-2001
Sarah Pickthall Sarah Pickthall ...  The Handymen 3 episodes, 1993-2001
Neil Buchanan Neil Buchanan ...  Smart Arty / ... 2 episodes, 1993-1998


A children's TV sketch show using the premise of comic book with iconic characters such as Daisy Dares you, the hands and more!

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8 January 1993 (UK) See more »

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The links between the sketches (zooming to each square on the comic) are obviously filmed backwards: Smoke is moving the other way, Cuthbert Lilly magically bursting backwards into his paper burst square, and it would be impossible to get the perfect camera angle once the square is found. See more »


Many times in various episodes, you can see the camera, lighting equipment, reflector screens and spotlights reflected in Minnie the Mini Magician's glasses. See more »


Minnie the Mini Magician: Oh well!
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Crazy Credits

Series one saw a boy walk into a shopping center newsagent and buying a copy of ZZZap! It contained a 'Free TV Zapper!'. He then pressed one of the buttons on it, and the ZZZap! comic became very over-sized, much to the amazement of everyone else in the shopping center. He then 'zapped' at the comic and the show would begin. See more »


Featured in What's Up Doc?: Episode #1.19 (1993) See more »

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2 August 2006 | by Duzniak38See all my reviews

Zzzap! is a fantastic TV show. It ran from 1993-2001 and is now being sorely missed. Series One of Zzzap! was just excellent. Cuthbert Lily, Daisy Dares You, Smarty Arty, The Handymen and Tricky Dicky were just some of the weird and wonderful characters contained in this giant comic. Zzzap! was basically comic sketches come to life. Each characters antics would be watched through the panels of each comic frame. Zzzap! was originally designed for deaf children, so it has a much wider visual appeal, ensuring all of the story lines key elements are portrayed through the characters movements and through big comical words popping up on the screen. The big characters have always been Cuthbert Lily and Daisy Dares. Cuthbert Lily was a fantastic slapstick legend. He was dead silly, and always ended up getting into mishap or trouble! Daisy Dares was a ragtag young woman who would get kicks out of making a crowd of schoolchildren complete a practically impossible task; usually involving cold baked beans, old milkshake, or anything mouldy, rancid, old and gunky. There has also always been the Handyman as well. Expert craftsmen in the form of two silk-gloved arms. These arms would make games, food, drinks and toys right before your very eyes, in a clear and concise manner, in a way that makes it easy for children both deaf and hearing to remember how to make. Then, there was Smarty Arty (played by the fantastic Neil Buchanan), a fantastically funny artist, who could draw things such as cars and people, and make them come to life! In the recent series there has also been the goof-ball character Minnie the Mini Magician, and irritating, boring character; but don't let her put you off of this unmissable television show. Two thumbs up!

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