The Perishers is a 70’s Children’s TV cartoon whose
characters started life in a comic strip in the Daily Mirror
Newspaper in 1958. It was the brainchild of its cartoon
editor Bill Herbert. The Comic Strip wasn't an instant hit and
initially the scripts were produced by Ben Witham and the
characters were drawn by Dennis Collins.
Maurice Dodd was drafted in to help, who sketched his
scripts and the strip then went from strength to strength. It
is still shown in the newspaper today.
In 1978 FilmFair and Bill Melendez Productions teamed up
to bring The Perishers to life on the small screen, in a
cartoon series consisting of 20 episodes.
The theme tune to this series (by Trevor Evan Jones) was
very catchy and ends with Boot saying 'Perishing Kids!'.
Wellington, Marlon, Maisie & Baby Grumpling are 4
children who hang about with each other. They like to
go camping and to the seaside, but trouble is always
around the corner when they start squabbling with
Wellington's dog, Boot, likes to come along and have
fun, but always tries to stay away from anything that
could be hard work.
Now lets meet the gang.
The Perishers Characters
He is a very bossy little boy and always wants his own way and is an
orphan. He's always trying to get his dog, Boot, to do things, but Boot
has other ideas (they are always battling against each other). He wears
a deer stalker hat and a pair of Wellington Boots (hence his name).
His best friend is Marlon, but he is always using him to do something for
himself. He especially likes him when he is trying to sell one of his
wooden buggies (go-karts), as this is Wellington's little sideline to make
He's a bit slow (in the head) and likes to be pulled around on his buggy
(he's easily lead). He likes buggies and does lots of Vroom!! Vroom!!
noises and gets Maisie to push/pull him around in it (if he can persuade
To go for the complete look, he wears some overalls that look like the
ones racing drivers wear (it even has a go fast stripe!).
He is the inventor of the 'Inch Thick Ketchup Sandwich'. I would recommend that you stand well
back when he bites into this, as people standing too close are covered in Tomato Ketchup.
Also he has very smelly feet.
Boot is an Old English Sheep Dog and always saying (or is it thinking to
himself) 'By the Lord Harry'. He has no tail and is not fond of water, he
especially hates baths. Sausages are a favourite of his.
He loves to talk to himself in the mirror and admires himself. He thinks
he's handsome and and has an ego the size of a planet.
He thinks he is more intelligent than Wellington and doesn't do what he is told, which gets poor
Wellington really frustrated. Boot even thinks he owns the house they live in, but Wellington is always trying to tell him otherwise.
Boot is interested about what lives underwater, and when they all go to the seaside, he heads straight to the rock pools.
Here he has become known as 'The Eyeballs in the Sky' by the crabs that live underwater, they are unsure what the Eyes are, maybe they're god? Its
a shame Boot doesn't know this, as he would relish the chance to become anyone's god.
She is the sister of Marlon and sounds a bit posh. She has become the self appointed girlfriend of Marlon, he never stood a
chance! Every once in a while, she has a go at ruling the World, but its a very difficult task!
Once she had a hat like a duck, and all the others kept going Quack, Quack, Quack (which really upset her). But the final
straw was when they all jumped in a duck pond to get away from a cow and some passing people threw bread for her to eat!
He is the baby brother of Maisie. He especially likes to go around on his Space Hopper, the trouble is he flattens anything in
his way, such as Wellington. Digging holes is one of his specialities too.
He especially upsets Maisie when he puts insects in her underwear draw. If he doesn't get his own way, then he resorts to
his final threat - "I'm going to tell my Mum!".
He is an Indian dog (from the Army) that has no sense of smell and he is Boot's best friend.
The Perishers DVDs
Region 2 (Europe)
- The Perishers DVDs
Region 1 (USA)
The Perishers Video
The Perishers Episodes
Series 1 (1978)
1. Magic Mirror
2. In the Cart
3. A Life From the Ocean Wave
4. A Camping We Will Go
5. A Fool and his Money Aren't as Easily
Parted as You Think
6. How to Train the Family Dog
7. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bath?
8. The Ugly Duckling
9. Look Before it Leaps
10. Spring Fever
11. The Skateboard Champion
12. The Wheeling and Dealing
13. She May or She May Not
14. Noblesse Oblige
15. The War Games
16. Well Blow me Down
17. Bone Companions
18. The Rehabilitation of BH
19. The Eyeballs in the Sky
20. The Inch Thick Ketchup Sandwich
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