Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The long-running British puppet show Fingerbobs was first broadcast by the BBC in 1972. Hosted by hippie-ish Rick Jones, aka "Yoffy," the series was simple in the extreme, with a nonexistent budget to match. Most of the "cast" consisted of Jones' finger puppets, made out of cloth, cardboard, ping-pong balls, and the like. The most popular characters included Scampi the dog, Flush the tortoise, and Gulliver the sea gull. Gradually, self-styled superhero Fingermouse emerged as the star of the proceedings. Accordingly, this character was given his own series in 1984, complete with an easily memorable theme song and a new human cohort, Mr. Music (Iain Lauchlan). All told, the combined Fingerbobs and Fingermouse remained on the BBC schedule for nearly 13 years, even though only a handful (or fingerful) of 15-minute episodes were actually produced.