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Willo The Wisp (1981)

Believe it or not, there was just one series of 26 episodes of Willo The Wisp in 1981. The amusing cartoon was shown on BBC1 at 5:35pm just before the evening news.

All of the voices were provided by the genius comedy actor Kenneth Williams, and who could not enjoy his brilliant voices? Each episode was introduced and narrated by Willo The Wisp, a ghost-like creature whose face was a caricature of Williams.

The main characters;

Arthur The Caterpillar  - who had a rough cockney accent
Mavis Cruet - an overweight fairy who would cast magic spells that always went wrong
Evil Edna - the witch inside a TV set who used her aerials to cast nasty spells on the creatures of Doily Woods
The Moog - a supposed "dog" that couldn't think for itself
Carwash - a snobby cat that was based on Noe Coward
Twit - a small bird
The Beast
- originally the dim-witted Prince Humbart who turned into a hairy creature with a speech impediment after getting on the wrong side of Evil Edna.

The theme music (featured in the video clip above) was created by Tony Kinsey, an English jazz composer and drummer.

In 2005, Willo The Wisp was resurrected for one series, this time featuring the voice of James Dreyfuss who had previously had roles in the comedy shows The Thin Blue Line, Gimme Gimme Gimme and Absolutely Fabulous.

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Willo The Wisp Annual 1985
Here is an episode to enjoy entitled Games With Edna.


Willo The Wisp DVD

The DVD above features every episode of the cartoon, and, no doubt, it will be just as well-received by kids today as it was back in the early 80s.