Rosie and Jim is a live action TV series for children, with 3 puppets, by Ragdoll Productions (creators of Teletubbies
) for Central Independent Television
, which was broadcast between 1990 and 2001.
The show is about two ragdolls called Rosie and Jim, whose owner says they like to pretend they come to life, which they DO, but only when the adults don't know. (they do play with the children they come across
) The characters WERE created long before Toy Story
came out, though. At the end of each episode, the boat owner shows his\her real life occupation
, and The God
is a marionette duck.
The show was hosted by three celebrities, John Cunliffe (1990-3), Pat Hutchins (1994-6), and Neil Brewer (1997-2001). The show was a huge success for Central, because it teached children about places they haven't been to yet, but it wasn't a big success as Teletubbies
, though (aside from the Bear and the Lion, which is really only noticable from the first runs of the show).
- Butt Monkey: John.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: In Hair, John reads a magazine with bottles of beer on the back! For a show made by a studio that went on to make Teletubbies, Central actually let THAT one through!
- The Hyena: Yes, they act like children who must not be seen.
- Living Toys: Ragdolls count, huh?
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: See Opening Narration below.
- Magic Franchise Word: Noggin. Not to be confused with that other channel that broadcasts kids shows.
- Massive Multiplayer Crossover: The duo appeared in two children's compilations that contain almost no excerpts. First was School in NSPCC Children's TV Favourites Volume 2 (funnily enough, if you think about the 1983 Mr. Men cartoon, which was also on the compilation, then Teletubbies, their theme songs have the same key (both in D major)) in 1993, then Automata in My Best Friends, also in 1993.
- Musical Episode: Automata. It's also one of the only pre-1997 episodes to actually make use of the accordion they play during the Title Theme Tune.
- Name and Name
- Oh Crap: In Automata, the duo play a game called Turning the Wheel while John rests his ears. First, the wheel stops at a feather, which sounds of nothing. Then, the wheel stops at a bunny toy that Rosie squeezes, making a loud squeaky sound, but not as loud as the last one, which was a drum! This trope was their reaction to the wheel stopping at that.
- Houses sees John moving to a bigger house, much to the duo's shock!
- Opening Narration: "Hello. I'm John. You saw me steering the boat earlier on, but that's not my real work. My real work is writing books. Books for children, just like you. I'm writing a new book just now, all about Rosie and Jim. They're my two Ragdolls that I have on my boat. I like to pretend that they come to life, and I get ideas for stories about them as I travel along on my boat. Now, what should I put in my story, today? It's a (insert weather here) day, so I'll start with that. One...(insert weather here)...day... and I'll draw the river with my two blue pens, like this. (draws the river) And now I'll put the picture of the boat on my drawing to show the place. (the duo take a quick look, then act naturaul) And then I'll be on my way."
- Shout-Out: Since this is a live action TV series set in Birmingham, expect this to happen a lot. Even promotitions from the show itself can be seen sometimes. Lucky their owners never knew about TVs playing the show.
- Supermarionation: Not really super, but Duck is a marionette with posable eyes and a hinged beak.
- Title Theme Tune\Expository Theme Tune: "Rosie and Jim, Rosie and Jim, chugging along on the old Ragdoll".
- They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Literally. The duo call John "Fizzgog", Pat "Loopy Lobes", and Neil "Tootie". This may lead to some Parental Bonus, though.