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Rosie and Jim (sometimes written as Rosie & Jim) is a British children's television programme produced by Ragdoll Productions and aired on ITV from 3 September 1990 to 31 March 2000, and on PBS from 5 September 1992 to 31 March 2001. The programme continued, on and off, to be shown on CITV until 2005. The first-ever episode aired on the CITV channel on 6 January 2013 as part of the 30th Anniversary celebration of CITV. The series was repeated for a short time on Tiny Living in the early 2000s. The show was rebooted in 2015 in animation form.
Rosie and Jim are two rag dolls who live aboard a narrowboat called the Ragdoll, which is from Birmingham. There, they sit with a concertina on their lap, and come alive when no one is looking to explore the world that they pass by on the canal. They learn to experience things by following the Ragdoll's owner on his or her adventures, and secretly joining in with them. Usually they end up causing trouble, but they never end up getting into trouble because no one ever sees them.
Rosie (puppeteered and voiced by Rebecca Nagan) is the female ragdoll. In their adventures, she carries a bag that has her name written on it. She wears a yellow dress and has long black hair held up in a pony tail. She is often heard referring to the boat driver as "fizzgog" (John Cunliffe), "loopy lobes" (or just "loopy"; Pat Hutchins) and "tootle" (Neil Brewer).
Jim (puppeteered and voiced by Robin Stevens) is the male ragdoll. In their adventures, he can be seen carrying a note book, in which he sometimes draws things that he has seen. He has short red hair and wears a brown jacket with a red scarf. He also refers to the boat driver as "fizzgog", "loopy lobes" and "tootle".
Duck sits on top of the ragdoll boat and can be heard quacking when there are no humans around so that both Rosie and Jim know that the coast is clear. During many episodes, Rosie or Jim can be seen kissing the duck.
Rosie and Jim's home is the Ragdoll, a beautiful canal boat. Throughout it's run, the boat was acquired by Three owners. Each one playing a role according to their profession.
John Cunliffe (Fizzgog)- 1990-1992, 50 episodes
An author who writes stories about Rosie and Jim based upon his own every day outings. Each episode would start with John breaking the forth wall and introducing himself and end with a short animated story written and narrated by Cunliffe. John was the only one out of the Three owners to talk directly to those watching.
An illustrator who creates pictures, gathering ideas from her adventures. Each episode would start with Pat finishing a drawing of Rosie and Jim and end with an illustration, again by Pat, based upon the episode. At the end of the each episode, Duck would be hidden in the picture, with Rosie and Jim trying to find him.
A singer and musician who plays the harmonica and the concertina. Neil would begin each episode looking for his harmonica followed by Rosie and Jim talking about and introducing him. Brewer would often end each episode with a song played on his concertina; prompted by Rosie and Jim who would leave the instrument for him to play, next to duck. At the end of each episode, the ragdolls would often join in with the song, unknown to Neil. Brewer became the longest serving owner of the boat and was the only one to star in a live theater tour of the show in 2000.
Following the boat's redundancy from Ragdoll Productions, it is no longer on display to the public.
Series 1 (1990–91) John Cunliffe
1. Locks - 3 September 1990
2. Painting - 10 September 1990
3. Supermarket - 17 September 1990 - John Cunliffe travels to Intu Merry Hill to shop at Sainsbury's
In late 2015, WildBrain, a subsidiary of Rosie & Jim's current owners, DHX Media, revived the characters in animated Nursery Rhyme singalongs. These short videos are seen on many DHX-Media-owned YouTube channels.
Rosie and Jim - Volume 1 (VC1156) (1 October 1990)
Locks, Painting, Tunnel, Supermarket
Rosie and Jim - Sailing and Other Stories (VC1169) (4 February 1991)
Sailing, Weaving, Milking, Breakdown
Rosie and Jim - Volume 2 (VC1202) (4 March 1991)
Coal, Bread, Shopping, Steam
Stay Safe With Rosie and Jim (1991)
Rosie and Jim Video Fun Pack - Abbey and Other Stories (TB0004) (5 August 1991)
Rosie and Jim - Video and Book (TB1004) (7 October 1991)
Pottery, Finding the Way, Letters, Fairground
Rosie and Jim - Butterflies and Other Stories (VC1221) (11 November 1991)
Automata, Butterflies, House, Hair
Rosie and Jim - Washing and Other Stories (VC1224) (10 February 1992)
Horse Towing, Glass, Boat Building, Washing
Rosie and Jim - Small Animals and Other Stories (VC1252) (15 June 1992)
Small Animals, School, Bricks, Hats
Learn with Rosie and Jim - Painting and Other Stories (WP0006) (15 June 1992)
Rosie and Jim - Trees and Other Stories (VC1265) (5 October 1992)
Trees, Hospital, Boat Painting, Sheepdog
Rosie and Jim - Waterworks and Other Stories (VC1280) (8 February 1993)
Waterworks, Rope, Boat Festival, Coracle
Rosie and Jim - Flying and Other Stories (VC1298) (1 March 1993)
Flying, Blacksmith, Shire Horses, Brass
Rosie and Jim - Bumper Special (Painting and Other Stories) (VC1301) (12 July 1993)