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.
Number of episodes: 27
Length: 25 mins