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Fraggle Rock

MEDIOCRE MUPPET goings-on with cavorting mythology well to the fore. Unnecessarily complicated set-up required lengthy title sequence every episode. Fraggles, quirky froggy things, lived in a cave along with other little blokes who kept building transparent structures which the Fraggles ate, and there were also these three giant monster things who caught them from time to time and there was this talking compost heap with a couple of rats and the whole thing happened through a hole in FULTON “MISTER” MACKAY (later Damon Grant)’s lighthouse which only his puppet dog knew about and there was this postcard from a… “Involved” is the word. Name adopted by musical movement popular for three weeks in the arse end of the Black Country and typified by likes of Back To The Planet. Then it was adopted again, for equally charmless purposes, by smelly road protestors who couldn’t read.



  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 1, 2010 at 11:19 am

    ‘Fraggle’ also overtook ‘gonk’ as prison / borstal slang for new inmates.

  2. THX 1139

    April 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    The builders were called Doozers, which were my favourite characters because I thought they were cute and also because I couldn’t work out how they were operated (must have been radio control, I now see). The postcard every week was from Uncle Traveling Matt, where he would send a short dispatch from the human world.

    I was quite captivated by it all at the time, but revisiting it the whole thing reeks of message-making “Afterschool Specials” as the Americans say, and the songs aren’t the best (apart from the title song). But a lot of work went into it, that’s for sure, which makes it a shame that apparently the British Fulton Mackay links are all lost.

  3. Joanne Gray

    February 13, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    John Gordon Sinclair also did as stint as the lighthouse keeper.

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