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Captain Pugwash

BRACING BRINY cut-out chicanery with bloated, nasal, goateed Puggers leading his band of buffoonish piratical chums aboard the Black Pig and constantly finding no treasure. Remade in colour in the 70s, still using the same cardboard. Harmless tales unmarred by that shit playground rumour about characters called “Mr. Sperm”, which managed to fool no-one, except, inevitably, The Guardian Guide.



  1. lump516

    May 20, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Apparently, the playground rumors revolved around characters such as Seaman Staines and Roger The Cabin Boy. Not here in the U.S. mind you. We were too busy giggling about the relationship between Batman and Robin . . .

  2. Joanne Gray

    February 8, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I think the nearest they got to a suggestive name was “Master Mate” which when said by Pugwash (who always spoke like his nose was blocked) sounded a lot like the act of Onanism.

  3. Tom Ronson

    March 25, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    That list of allegedly hilarious names in full, culled from a seventies student rag mag – Master Bates, Seaman Staines, Roger the Cabin Boy and Shag the cat. All nonsense, of course, and Pugwash’s creator John Ryan sued the singularly unamusing Richard Digance for perpetuating the rumour.

  4. Droogie

    June 24, 2024 at 11:18 am

    Victor Lewis-Smith claimed to have invented the Pugwash dirty names urban myth. However, he was a massive gobshite and his newspaper columns were always full of jokes of dubious origin so he probably didn’t. I remember as a kid being disappointed by John Ryan’s post-Pugwash Ark Stories series. It had the look of a religious kids show you’d see on Sunday morning TV. Another example of a successful talent defecting from the BBC to ITV with diminishing returns.

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