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Mossop is talking to someone while pointing his finger and wearing beige long sleeves, yellow checkered vest, and black and red scarf

Genre  Children's television series

Similar  Puddle Lane, Dramarama (TV series), Art Attack

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The Riddlers is a British children's programme produced by Yorkshire Television for ITV between 1989 and 1998.



Mossop smiling while wearing beige long sleeves, yellow checkered vest, and scarf in a scene from the British children's program, The Riddlers

The series centred on Marjorie Dawe and the two Riddlers (small humanoid creatures, portrayed by puppets, whose main aim in life was to "riddle things out") named Mossop (voiced by Richard Robinson) and Tiddler (female, but voiced by Mike Gallant), who inhabited her garden at Riddleton End. It would later be revealed that Tiddler was an orphan and had no other next of kin, so Mossop adopted Tiddler as an infant. Tiddler was not the latter's real name, but a title given to young apprentice Riddlers: once they achieved full Riddler status there would be a special (graduation type) ceremony, at which they would be given their 'real' name. Tiddler's training included being told stories by a Riddlestone, usually one of 'Ees-Up's Foibles' (Yorkshire dialect for Aesop's Fables) - she would then have to 'riddle out' the moral of the story.

Tiddler is talking to someone while wearing a cream blouse and brown vest in a scene from the British children's program, The Riddlers

When Tiddler had achieved full Riddler status (by getting the morals of twelve stories correctly) she chose to be called Tiddlup at the ceremony. Marjorie wanted to go to the ceremony but was told by Mossop that only Riddlers and Tiddlers could go as it was a Riddler law. In order to go, she became a tiddler and started to study as a tiddler.

Mossop is smiling with Tiddler in a scene from the British children's program, The Riddlers

Other characters featured in the show included Marjorie's neighbour, Mr. Montgomery Grimley (a gardener), and several other riddler characters - including another tiddler known as Middler, Mossop's brother Glossop, and Eesup, a story-teller. Marjorie's sister Monica was also featured as a recurring character. Many of the plots featured in the series revolved around the male characters making mistakes which would then be solved by the female ones.

Series cast

  • Marjorie Dawe: Victoria Williams
  • Mr. Grimley: Peter Llewellyn Jones
  • Monica: Sally Sheridan
  • Mossop/Middler: Richard Robinson
  • Tiddlup/Glossop/Eesup/McEyup: Mike Gallant
  • Transmission guide

    Middler smiling to someone while wearing off-white long sleeves, brown vest, and ribbon scarf in a scene from the British children's program, The Riddlers

  • Series 1: (15 mins) 26 editions from 2 November 1989 – 10 May 1990
  • Series 2: (18 mins) 26 editions from 15 November 1990 – 23 May 1991
  • Series 3: (15 mins) 29 editions from 12 December 1991 – 4 June 1992 & 26 November 1992 - 7 January 1993
  • Series 4: (15 mins) 18 editions from 7 January 1993 – 13 May 1993
  • Series 5: (8 mins) 30 editions from 7 September 1993 – 4 January 1994
  • Series 6: (8 mins) 20 editions from 12 January 1994 – 2 February 1994
  • Series 7: (8 mins) 25 editions from 7 September 1995 – 7 March 1996
  • Series 8: (8 mins) 25 editions from 12 September 1996 – 13 March 1997
  • Series 9: (8 mins) 25 editions from 9 September 1997 – 27 August 1998
  • (These are in the correct series order as listed by ITV)

    Victoria Williams smiling with the two Riddlers Mossop and Tiddler in the British children's programme, The Riddlers


    The Riddlers Wikipedia