The Wonderful World Of Puppets
Louise Gold starred as one of the “Expert” puppeteers, talking about her work on both The Muppet Show, and, Spitting Image. Recorded around 23 December 1999, broadcast on BBC 2 on 3 January 2000.
Gerry Anderson – Producer (and puppeteer – the latter was not credited)
Bridget Appleby – Art Director
Zoe Ball – Presenter
Liana Bridges - Presenter and Puppeteer of Sooty Heights
Richard Cardell – Present and Puppeteer of Sooty Heights
Phil Cornwell – Voice Artiste and Actor (voice artiste on Spitting Image)
Jamie Courtier – Creative Director Of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop (Puppet Builder)
Chris Crane – Puppeteer on Rainbow (George & Zippy)
Jan Daliber - Creator and Puppeteer of Pinky And Perky
Vlast Daliber – Creator and Puppeteer of Pinky And Perky
Jack Dee – Actor and Comedian
Quenin Dupleux – Musician and Creator of Flat Eric
Peter Firmin – Puppet Maker
Louise Gold - Puppeteer
Rolf Harris – Presenter
Brian Henson – President of Jim Henson Productions (and puppeteer)
Peter Jago – Puppeteer
Roger Law – Creator Of Spitting Image (puppet builder)
Ronnie Le Drew – Puppeteer on Rainbow (George & Zippy)
Sally McNally – Daughter of Muffin The Mule’s Puppeteer Ann Hogarth
Roy North – Actor & Presenter
Nick Owen - Presenter
Nicholas Parsons – Actor (and voice artiste)
Andi Peters – Presenter
Roland Rat – Superstar (actually puppeteer David Claridge, not credited)
Tim Rose - Puppeteer
Phillip Schofield - Presenter
John Thomson – Actor (voice-artiste on Spitting Image)
Director – Caroline Norris
Music – Andy Hopkins
Graphic – Gareth Price
Dubbing Mixer – Stuart Hinkins
Camera – Jim Fyans, Andy Lee, and, Sean Tevamley
Sound – Richard Jupp, John Hooper, Patrick Quirke, Phil Clayton, Adrian Jacques, and, Brian Davis
Unit Manager –
Editor – Andy Nicholson
Production Team -
Programme Associate – Dave Chapman
Producer – Caroline Norris
Executive Producer – Anne Gilchrist
The programme focused on British television puppetry. However as The Jim Henson Company filmed a lot of their best known work (including The Muppet Show) over here they were also included. ‘The English Muppet’, Louise Gold, therefore represented both The Muppet Show and Spitting Image puppeteers in this programme.
The Muppet Show was represented by Louise Gold (puppeteer), and, Brian Henson (son of the show’s creator). It should however be mentioned that Tim Rose had worked as a puppet builder on the show.
Spitting Image was represented by Phil Cornwell (voice-artiste), John Thompson (voice-artiste), Louise Gold (Puppeteer), and, Roger Law (Puppet Builder).
Some months after this programme Roger Law was involved with the Spitting Image Auction, which he briefly mentioned in the programme.
Brian Henson directed The Muppet Christmas Carol, on which Jamie Courtier worked as a puppet builder, the film’s puppeteers included Louise Gold, Ronnie Le Drew, and, Tim Rose.
Jamie Courtier worked on Alice In Wonderland.
Brian Henson took part in his father Jim Henson’s Memorial Service.
Brian Henson, and, Louise Gold puppeteered on The Great Muppet Caper, on which Tim Rose worked as a puppet builder.
Louise Gold, and, Brian Henson also puppeteered on That
Brian Henson directed Muppet Treasure Island, whose puppeteers included Louise Gold, and, Ronnie Le Drew. It is not known whether Editor Andy Nicholson could be the same person as that film’s Assistant Art Director/Draughtsman; or whether Programme Associate Dave Chapman could have been other of that film’s additional puppeteers, although both are possible.
Philip Schofield, and Nicholas Parsons went on to appear in ITV’s 50 Greatest Shows, it is not clear whether the ITV Producer Paul Smith who appeared on that documentary is also the BBC Producer and puppeteer Paul Smith who appears in this documentary.
Note (since Ms Gold tells a story about it on the programme): Aspects Of Love opened in London, at the Prince Of Wales Theatre, on 12 April 1989,s o would presumably have been auditioning sometime before that.