Fergus the Fish

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1960 to 1965 on ITV

FIVE MINUTE cartoon fillers featuring recidivist wooden fish swimming in a river with swishy cellophane plants. Plotline rarely changed: Fergus’s mother (equipped with long lacy trailing bits) would leave, and give him a list of things not to do while she was out, to which he would reply “Yes mummy, No, mummy” in a burbly, must-be-a-fish voice. Then when she was gone, he’d do them all and get in trouble again.

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4 Responses to “Fergus the Fish”

  1. ok – who else remembers this? It left a lasting effect on me – as I was fascinated by just how naughty you could be – before inevitably being found out. For some reason – young Fergus was an immensely appealing character – does anyone else think that?

  2. Stu says:

    Dont know if you will read this.. but i was just reminiscing about Fergus to my partner and it made me curious to see IF any footage was kept/ could be found ont web….. i even made a Felt “stuffed version” of him at Junior school … Ahhhh.. the Good old Days Eh :-)

    Being born in 59 i have imited memories of rowing up but reading the “plot” of what he did he was obviously a “kindred sprit”.. i ALWAYS did something i shouldnt if Mom was out :-)

  3. Captain Pencilcase says:

    I remember Fergus. There doesn’t seem to be any footage of him online. This series is what’s missing from the world today.

  4. Trancepixie says:

    My overriding memory of this show was that the puppets were suspended on a stiff rod which was used to move the fish around and let bubbles come out of their mouths when they spoke. I,can remember that one character called ‘The strange and funny
    Looking, fish’ spoke like Donald Duck, but so badly that the narrator had to translate it so the viewers could understand it. In the words of Fergus’s mum “don’t you go biting your fins” . A classic programme,

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