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Series / The Legend of Dick and Dom

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The Legend of Dick and Dom is a BBC children's fantasy sitcom, three seasons broadcast 2008-11. Stars Dick & Dom as bumbling royal brothers who must collect ingredients for a magic potion to cure a plague that has struck their homeland, Fyredor, aided by Inept Mage Mannitol and thieving servant Lutin.

The group wander all over the Fantasy World Map of Bottom World — sometimes literally, as the Lemony Narrator, Terry Jones, explains that they couldn't afford to film the incredibly exciting action that's going on, so they show a dotted line on a map dashing away from pictures of dragons instead. Each episode they have to defeat a Monster of the Week, or meet some wacky countryfolk who hinder them in finding the next revolting or impossible ingredient. In the third season, the plot switches to their attempts to get home before the newly revealed Big Bad can stop them.

This was Dick & Dom's first major CBBC project after Dick & Dom in da Bungalow, and there are plenty of Shout Outs to Bungalow games and jokes — DI Harry Batt turns up as a Sheriff, for example.

Fairly Troperiffic — see long list below — although many of the tropes are applicable to antagonists or settings from individual episodes (and are therefore slight spoilers).

The Legend of Dick and Dom provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Disguised in Drag: Prince Dom, as a baby's nanny. He is not happy about it.
  • Distressed Damsel: Princess Gladys is imprisoned at the top of a tower in a castle filled with evil dolphins.
  • Easy Amnesia: Caused by breathing in a gas, in "Forget Me Nuts".
  • Elseworld: In "Mists of Time", the group are transported to a terrifying and mysterious place: Slough.
  • Evil Twins: All of them, complete with goatees, even Lutin's; go round causing trouble that the real ones are blamed for in the episode "Dick's Brain".
  • Eye of Newt: Many of the potion ingredients. (A dragon's clack, for example.)
  • Girl in the Tower: "Princess Gladys"
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Man driven crazy by the horrors of the Hairwolf. ("Don't go to the Dark Castle — nobody ever comes back! Don't talk to the Baroness — she's cursed! Don't stew your appples in March — they'll be tart! Woooooooo!")
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: A magic scroll reveals what ingredient is needed next for the potion.
  • Got Volunteered: The King sent them off on their quest (granted, because it was their fault the original potion got spilt).
  • Haunted House: They visit the most haunted mansion in Bottom World, Aaargh Manor, in "Haunted".
  • Here We Go Again!: In the finale. As the four prepare to go their separate ways, an assistant of Fyredor's king arrives to inform them of a new adventure assigned by the king.
  • Inept Mage: Mannitol. At one point it turns out that non-mages are better at his own spells than him. That said, occasionally his spells do work, such as the humbug jar he conjures, which turns out able to capture sound, which the foursome then use to capture the love song of the swamp monster.
  • Magical Society: "The Magic Oblong", which Mannitol hopelessly yearns to join. (Actor Allusion to Dom being thrown out of the Magic Circle for revealing secrets.)
  • Magicians Are Wizards: The Magic Oblong — the wizards in it use their powers to do magic shows.
  • My Brain Is Big: "Valley of the Bigheads" — a tribe with enormous heads. Supposedly geniuses, although the only evidence we see is that they know lots of trivia.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Mannitol's Gran is a lot more formidable at her speciality of apple crumble than she seems at first...
  • Noodle Incident: In the first episode, the tickle master says that he's never seen "disobedient madness" like that of Dick and Dom, "except for that dwarf with three legs".
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Pretty much all the officials they meet, from traffic wardens to anthropomorphic personifications inside The Beastmaster's mind.
  • Our Sirens Are Different: Literal sirens who lure men in with their song and then devour them, in "Sirens". The song doesn't work on women, though.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Averted; Lutin has a simple false moustache that competely fools everyone — we eventually discover (in passing) that it is magic, when a total stranger takes off his moustache and turns into Lutin.
  • Swamp Monster: "Swampy's Girlfriend" has the gang requiring "a Swamp Monster's song" as an ingredient for their potion, so they visit a settlement built on the edge of the swamp called "Bog Off". The residents are actually well-acquainted with their local Swamp Monster, "Swampy", a specimen of the variety covered in green plant matter, and try to get him to sing, but Swampy is very depressed; as such, they try to give him a girlfriend to make him sing. Eventually, Lutin finds another female Swamp Monster called "Ruby" and the episode ends with the two swamp monsters falling in love with one another.
  • Taken for Granite: Dick and Dom in "Rock Hard".
  • Take Over the World: The Beastmaster has power over animals, so his cunning plan is to turn everyone into animals, and thus RULE THE WORLD!!!