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The Poddington Peas

“Down at the bottom of the garden, amongst the birds and the bees…”

The Poddington Peas was an animated British children’s television series made by Paul Needs and Colin Wyatt; it ran for 13 episodes and was first aired on the BBC in 1989.

The Poddington Peas included:

  • Black-Eyed Pea: mischievous pea with a black eye patch. Darker shade of green than the others and usually seen with Creep-Pea; together they are often the villains.
  • Bump-Pea: Clumsy pea covered in bumps; wears a big plaster.
  • Captain Hop-Pea: Nautical captain pea with a wooden leg. Sometimes appears to be in charge.
  • Chip-Pea: A female “chippy” or fish-and-chip-shop worker.
  • Chop-Pea: Lumberjack pea with stereotypical hat and axe.
  • Creep-Pea: Creepy looking mischievous pea, with a long pointy nose. Darker shade of green than the others and usually seen with Black-Eyed Pea; together they are often the villains.
  • Dough-Pea: “Dopey”, simple-minded pea and also a cook who wears a big white cook’s hat.
  • Dump-Pea: Fat greedy dumpy pea; always eating.
  • Garden Pea: Pea who likes gardening; has a straw hat and a spade.
  • G-Pea: A GP or general practitioner, the doctor pea, who has white hair, glasses and a stethoscope.
  • Grump-Pea: A very grumpy-looking pea who likes to moan.
  • Hap-Pea: The happy good natured pea often the main character. Wears a red baseball cap.
  • Hip-Pea: Musical hippie 60s-era pea; has long blonde hair and a guitar.
  • Jump-Pea: Pea with spring-like legs who uses them to jump high.
  • Nap-Pea: Penela-Pea’s baby, who sits in a push chair and wears a large nappy.
  • P.C. Pod: The policeman pea.
  • Penela-Pea: Female pea who pushes her baby, Nap-Pea, around in a push chair.
  • Pop-Pea: Old man pea, has glasses, walking stick and white hair, although he is mostly bald.
  • Pup-Pea: Small Puppy pea.
  • Scoop-Pea: The Podding Press newspaper editor; wears glasses and a green eyeshade visor.
  • Scrap-Pea: The scruffy tool and scrap worker; has blue hat, stubble and a hammer.
  • Skip-Pea: Little girl pea with blond hair in pigtails, always skipping with her skipping rope.
  • Sleep-Pea: Pea that wears a night cap and sleeps too much.
  • Slop-Pea: An artist painter covered in blobs of paint; has messy red hair.
  • Snap-Pea: The Poddington Press newspaper photographer; has hat and camera.
  • Snip-Pea: A barber with a mustache and smartly combed hair.
  • Snoop-Pea: Detective with a Sherlock Holmes style deerstalker hat and magnifying glass.
  • Soap-Pea: Always has soapy bubbles covering her head, she often blows bubbles.
  • Sweep-Pea:Street sweeper pea, wears cap and carries a broom and bin.
  • Sweet Pea: Blonde sweet female pea.
  • Tea-Pea: Female pea who is a Tea lady; often has a teapot and teacup.
  • Wee McPea: Small pea, stereotype Scot, with ginger mustache and Tam o’shanter
  • Weep-Pea: Easily upset pea who always cries.
  • Zip-Pea: Fast pea, always running around quickly.

The Poddington Peas often interacted with human size garden objects, giant in size to them, are seen such as up turned flower pots serving as most of their buildings. Humans themselves are never seen or mentioned.

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