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The Wombles are fictional pointy-nosed, rodent-like, furry creatures that live in burrows, where they aim to help the environment by collecting and recycling rubbish in creative ways. Wombles were created by author Elizabeth Beresford, and originally appeared in a series of children's novels from 1968. Beresford's stories are concerned with the lives of the inhabitants of the burrow on Wimbledon Common in London, England.

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About

The characters became nationally famous in the UK in the mid 1970s as a result of a very popular BBC children's television show using stop motion animation. A number of spin-off novelty songs also became major hits in the British music charts. The Wombles (band) was the brainchild of British music writer and composer, Mike Batt. The Womble motto is "Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish." This green message was a reflection of the growing ecology movement of the 1970s.

Characters

Beresford developed the characters around members of her family, and named them after places the family had associations with. This is the list of young wombles:

  • Orinoco - a shirker who loved sleep and food, styled on Beresford's teenage son and named after the River Orinoco in South America.
  • Bungo - over-enthusiastic and bossy, named after Bungo Province in Japan.
  • Wellington - scientifically inclined, but very insecure and absent-minded. Named after her nephew's school: Wellington School, Somerset.
  • Tomsk - an athletic Womble with a rather low IQ, named after Tomsk in Russia.
  • Alderney - Madame Cholet's assistant, named after Alderney in the Channel Islands where Beresford lived towards the end of her life. She appeared in the early books, but did not make it into the first TV series. Her character was revived in the second TV series, when many viewers wrongly assumed she was a new character
  • Shansi - often paired with Alderney, as Bungo was with Orinoco, named after a Shanxi province in China. She was also not seen until the second TV series.
  • Stepney - East Ender with dreadlocks, who got his name from the Stepney area in London's East End where he came from. He was also not seen until the second TV series.
  • Obidos - named after Óbidos, Pará in Brazil.
  • Moosonee - Tomsk's penpal, named after a place in James Bay in Canada.

This is the list of old wombles:

  • Great Uncle Bulgaria - the Wombles' leader, based on Beresford's father-in-law and named after the country.
  • Tobermory - an engineer, based on Beresford's brother, a skilled inventor, and named after the capital of the Isle of Mull, in the Scottish Inner Hebrides islands.
  • Madame Cholet - a cook, styled on Beresford's mother and named after the town of Cholet in France.
  • Cairngorm MacWomble the Terrible - named after the Cairngorms, a mountain range in Scotland. He was introduced in the second book (The Wandering Wombles) as a Highland Womble clan chief. He appeared in the TV series when he visited the Wimbledon burrow.
  • Nanny Alexandria - Great Uncle Bulgaria's nanny, named after the ancient city in Egypt.
  • Livingstone - an explorer, named after the British explorer Dr Livingstone.
  • Hoboken - an American tourist, named after a place in Belgium.
Children's novels
There were five novels:
  • The Wombles (1968)
  • The Wandering Wombles (1970)
  • The Wombles at Work (1973)
  • The Wombles to the Rescue (1974)
  • The Wombles Go Round the World (1976)
Featured Videos
The Wombles - Season 1, Episode 104:45

The Wombles - Season 1, Episode 1

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  • Great Uncle BulgariaGo to Great Uncle Bulgaria
  • OrinocoGo to Orinoco
  • BungoGo to Bungo
  • WellingtonGo to Wellington
  • TomskGo to Tomsk
  • AlderneyGo to Alderney
  • ShansiGo to Shansi
  • StepneyGo to Stepney
  • ObidosGo to Obidos
  • TobermoryGo to Tobermory
  • Madame CholetGo to Madame Cholet
  • Cairngorm MacWomble the TerribleGo to Cairngorm MacWomble the Terrible
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