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Dizzy Heights
UK, BBC, Children's sitcom, Colour, 1990
Starring: Alan Heap, Mick Wall, Richard Robinson

A children's sitcom set in a seaside hotel, starring the entertaining double-act Heap and Wall, who united in 1983 through a shared talent for juggling, trapeze, tight-rope walking, unicycling and comedy. In Dizzy Heights they were cast as the hotel management, and indeed were the only humans to appear; the Gristle family, who also lived at the hotel, were life-size Spitting Image style puppets. Chaos, predictably, was the order of the day, every day, usually as a by-product of the hotel's hopeless mismanagement.

The gruesome Gristles later graduated to their own all-puppet series, House Of Gristle, voiced by Richard Robinson, William Todd-Jones and Steve Nallon, which ran for nine episodes from 7 April to 2 June 1994. They also appeared in a one-off special, The Curious Case Of Dr Hertz Van Rental (BBC2, 31 December 1995), a comic gothic horror story.

Researched and written by Mark Lewisohn.

Alan Heap - Alan Heap
Mick Wall - Mick Wall
Richard Robinson - Victor Gristle (voice only)
Marie Philips - Vera Gristle (voice only)
William Todd-Jones - Eustace Gristle (voice only)

Robin Kingsland - Writer (14)
Andy Walker - Writer (13)
Alan Heap - Additional Material
Mick Wall - Additional Material
Claire Winyard - Director (series 1 & 2)
Martin Fisher - Producer
Martin Hughes - Producer
Transmission Details
Number of episodes: 27 Length: 25 mins
Series One (6) 15 Feb-22 Mar 1990 · BBC1 Thu 4.30pm
Series Two (7) 14 Feb-28 Mar 1991 · BBC1 Thu 4.30pm
Series Three (7) 20 Feb-1 Apr 1992 · BBC1 Thu 4.30pm
Series Four (7) 18 Feb-1 Apr 1993 · BBC1 Thu 4.35pm

The information in the Guide to Comedy is complied from 'The Radio Times Guide to Television Comedy' by Mark Lewisohn, published by BBC Books. More information about the book is available from the BBC Shop.
(The BBC is not responsible for the content of external links.)

Reviews supplied by Radio Times © 2003 BBC Worldwide - used under licence from BBC Worldwide.

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