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Roger & The Rottentrolls

ITV (ended 2000)



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Roger & The Rottentrolls

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"Somewhere in England is a very strange valley where the rocks are all slightly mad. A thousand years ago, Merlin was trying to create a ski resort for King Arthur, when he picked up some strange Norweigan trolls in a snow cloud. "Oh, those rotten trolls have messed it all up!", he shouted. From that day on, they waited for their mystical leader whose name they found carved in a rock - "Roger Was Ere". So one day, when Roger Becket from Cowgill stopped at the bottom of the valley and shouted "Roger Was Here" - from that moment on, he was King of the Rottentrolls!" This ITV series follows the adventures of 10 3/4 year old Roger Beckett, and his adventures in Troller's Ghyll as King of the Rottentrolls. Coronated after crashing his bike in the vally, Roger rules over the Rottentrolls, teaching them about things like sport and poletics, and learning a few lessons himself in return. The Characters Roger Beckett The King of the Rottentrolls. A human boy. The Rottentrolls A group of strange, knee high creatures who have awaited the return of their king for hundreds of years, and coronate young Roger. They tend to get things a bit wrong, especially Yockenthwaite . The Narrator Always has an extra insight into the goings on in Troller's Ghyll. Has a tendency to be a bit sarcastic. Barguest A terrible creature that lives in the vally, striking fear into the hearts of trolls! Princess Kate King Roger's little sister, who takes over his royal duties when he can no longer do them. Commander Harris An ex-army mascot sheep who lives in the Vally. An expert on the ancient art of 'Jim-Jam Ya-Ha' (which he is trying to teach Roger), Commander Harris is regularly involved in Roger's adventures, and always has a story from his old army days to tell.moreless
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  • How can no one out there have liked this show!!

    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