The Spooks Of Bottle Bay

Louise Gold featured puppeteering Sally Spook Series 1, 1992 (there were 3 series, made in 1992, 1994, and, 1995 respectively. Ms Gold only puppeteered on Series 1), Made for Carlton Television.

 

Although Louise Gold only puppeteered on Series 1, as the information elsewhere on the internet, for this programme seems to be a little lacking in full credits, your webmaster thought it worth listing the credits for all three series here (but trying to specify which information relates to which series).

 

Cast

Ian Allen – Baby Spook and other assorted characters

Simon Buckley (Series 2 and 3)

Richard Coombs – Cedric Sludge

Sue Dacre

Phil Eason

Louise Gold – Sally Spook (Series 1 only)

Tony Holtham

Steve Nallon (Series 2 & 3) – Daffy, Lilly, Lady Digdale

Nigel Plaskitt (All 3 Series) – Sid Sludge, Spooks Ltd, and, other assorted characters

John Thirtle – Fred Spook and other assorted characters

Heather Tobias (possibly Sally Spook Series 2 & 3)

Mark Todd – Maxi

Francis Wright – Sybil Sludge

 

Additional Puppeteers – Sally Preisig (Series 1)

 

Production Team

(Original Stories and Characters) Created By – Ian Allen

Lighting Director – Rob Kitzman

Camera Team – Tony Etwell, Ross Oglethorpe, and, Tristan Mullane

Grip – Joe Smythe

Gaffer – Sonny Burdis

Rigging Gaffer – Mike Chambers

Sound – Roy Drysdale, and, Sean O’Donnell

Head Puppet & Set Builder – John Thirtle

Charcters Created by – John Thirtle with Ian Allen

Puppet & Set builders (for Playboard Puppets) – Neil Arnold, Bebe Barrett, Judith Bucklow, Ann Cartwright, Elaine Cartwright, Dodge, Mick Hockney, Lesley Hussain, Paul Jomain, Rob Matson, Iain Mennell, Peter O’Rourke, Sally Preisig, and, Glyn Pugh

Acting Head Of Art Department (Series 1) – Sally Preisig

Production Co-Ordinator – Anna Lisa Seccombe

Production Assistant – Sarah Jane Wright

Continuity – Elisabeth West

Second Assistant Director – Jemma Forte

Online Editor – Matthew Hall

Dubbing Mixer – Ian Tapp

Associate Producer – Matthew Justice

First Assistant Director – Melanie Hicks

Editor – Paul Endacott, Roger Watling, and Chris 129

Music – John Beckett

Spooks Theme – Charlie Skarbet, and, Richard Blanshard

Executive Producers – Ian Allen, Jim Beach, and, Dominic Anciano

Producers -  Ray Burdis, and, John Thirtle

Script Editor and Director – Paul Cole

Director – Giles Oldshaw

Sound recordist – Harry Fairbarn

Other Production Team Members – Maria Boggi, Sheila Hallatt, and, Phil Woodfine

 

Ian Allen, Sue Dacre, Louise Gold, Nigel Plaskitt, John Thirtle, Mark Todd, Sally Preisig, and, Phil Woodfine had puppeteered on The Muppet Christmas Carol; which camera crew man Tristan Mullane was an apprentice editor, and on which Maria Boggi also worked.

Richard Coombs, Sue Dacre, Phil Eason, Louise Gold, Nigel Plaskitt, John Thirtle and, Francis Wright (along with Simon Buckley, and, Steve Nallon) had previously puppeteered on Spitting Image.

Sue Dacre, and, Nigel Plaskitt, along with Simon Buckley, had previously puppeteered on Labyrinth.

Sue Dacre, Louise Gold, Nigel Plaskitt, and, John Thirtle went on to puppeteer (as did Simon Buckley and Heather Tobias) on Muppet Treasure Island, on which Maria Boggi, Elisabeth West, and, Phil Woodfine also worked.

Richard Coombs, Sue Dacre, Louise Gold, Nigel Plaskitt, and, Francis Wright went on to puppeteer on Alice In Wonderland.

Steve Nallon, along with, Louise Gold went on to help with the Spitting Image Auction, appear at the Spitting Image - BFI Event, and on Spitting Image: Must See TV.

Steve Nallon’s recording credits include Spit In Your Ear; on whose promotional video Nigel Plaskitt puppeteered.

Nigel Plaskitt has gone on to direct Louise Gold in her cabaret act LOUISE GOLD...By Appointment, for which Paul Jomain built a couple of puppets.

John Thirtle had previously worked as a puppet builder on The Dark Crystal, where he helped to build the skeksis (one of which Louise Gold performed).

Louise Gold, and, Nigel Plaskitt went on to puppeteer on Mopatop’s Shop, on which Paul Jomain worked as a puppet builder.

Louise Gold and Nigel Plaskitt went on to puppeteer on The Secret Life Of Toys, and, That Puppet Game Show appear on the documentary Best Ever Spitting Image, and to work on the pilot of Space Sprogs.

Nigel Plaskitt went on to do some work on The Animal Show.

Richard Coombs, Louise Gold, and, Nigel Plaskitt had previously puppeteered on Tale Of The Bunny Picnic.

Louise Gold, and, Richard Coombs had previously puppeteered on The Ghost Of Faffner Hall.

Nigel Plaskitt went on to puppeteer on Five Minutes More, for which Paul Jomain built puppets. British puppeteer Louise Gold did some voice-work for the production (but not puppeteering).

Sue Dacre and Louise Gold went on to appear as panellists at the Labyrinth 25th Anniversary Screening

 

Critics Comments

 

 

Links about The Spooks Of Bottle Bay

Playboard Puppets’s website: http://www.buttonmoon.tv/

Little Gem’s page for the programme: http://www.thechestnut.com/spooks.htm 

Jedi’s Paradise page for the programme: http://www.jedisparadise.co.uk/index.htm?childrenstv/Bottle_Bay/Spooks_of_bottle_bay.htm&1

Amazon.co.uk’s page for the programme: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00004CZB6/202-6259477-4725411?v=glance&n=573398

Eofftv’s page for the programme: http://www.eofftv.com/s/spo/spooks_of_bottle_bay_main.htm

Toonhound’s page for the programme: http://www.toonhound.com/bottlebay.htm

Sally Preisig’s section on her website dealing with her work as a puppet builder on The Spooks of Bottle Bay: http://www.mimicsproductions.com/PropDetails.asp?ID=38

Haunted TV: http://uk.geocities.com/supernaturaltv/comedy.htm

Steve Nallon’s section on his website covering his work on The Spooks of Bottle Bay amongst other puppeteering: http://www.nallon.com/puppet.html

Nigel Plaskitt’s Cv on his website mentioning his work on The Spooks Of Bottle Bay: http://www.nigelplaskitt.com/cv.htm

Simon Buckley’s section on his website mentioning his work on The Spooks Of Bottle Bay: http://www.simonbuckley.co.uk/

Richard Coombes’s section on his website covering his work on The Spooks Of Bottle Bay: http://www.richardcoombs.co.uk/drxargle.htm

 Agency Licensing Campaign (article in The Stage): http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/31022/theatre-stars-back-campaign-for-talent-agency, and Online Petition (which anyone who supports it can sign): http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41085.html , seeing as Nigel Plaskitt, and, Francis Wright are among the performers supporting this worthy campaign.

 

 

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