Has it really been 10 years since I first sat down in front of my TV to watch Roger and The Rottentrolls? Wow.
Well, to be honest, my brother was the fan before me, but I didn't take much convincing, let me tell you.
Shows starring puppets were very vogue in the 90s: Wolf It, The Ferrals, Bodger and Bagder, Round the Bend, etc. But for me, this had something different. It was self aware, strange and bloody funny. Martin Clunes line delivery as the Narrator often reduced me to hysterics, and who couldn't help but fall in love with Yockenthwaite. And of course, there was the time spent in my bedroom trying to master Jim-Jam Ya-Ha.
Then, I got older. But to my surprise, I didn't outgrow it. I still laughed. I was even rewarded with Combat Sheep, a 2001 spin off special starring Commander Harris, aimed at a more adult audience. Even my brother, who won't even watch classic Disney or Looney Tunes without being embaressed, will gladly sit down and watch a couple of episodes whenever the mood takes him. I guess once a fan, always a fan!
The writing was great, the puppets were fabulous, and, while I sometimes found Princess Kate to be annoying, both of the young leads did a good job. It's such a shame that no one seems to remember it outside of my little family. Hopefully it'll be repeated on TV at some point, and a new generation of fans will be born. If you never saw it and like quirky, silly, British, childrens television, then I advise you to buy one of the DVDs, or the videos. I think you might quite like it!!moreless