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Roobarb and Custard


  • Rhubarb is best made into a crumble. Only the stalks are edible - the leaves are very poisonous indeed.

  • Custard is made from milk, eggs, cornflour, sugar and vanilla, and goes in trifles.

  • Grange Calveley was inspired to create Roobarb by his Welsh Border Collie dog.

  • The colouring-in on the Roobarb cartoons was done with Magic Markers.

  • The wobbling animation effect in the Roobarb cartoons is known as boiling.

  • Narrator Richard Briers came up with twenty-four voices over Roobarb's thirty episodes.

  • Narrator Richard Briers based the voice of a witty crow in the series on Noel Coward.

  • In one story, the effect of Roobarb speaking from within a suit of armour was created by Richard Briers reading with a waste-paper bin over his head.

  • Narrator Richard Briers is the cousin of fifties comedy cad Terry-Thomas.

  • When Roobarb Made A Spike was chosen by the International Exhibition of Animated Films, Rome as one of the best animated films of 1972-3.

  • Within three weeks of its first broadcast, Roobarb was attracting audiences of over seven million people.

  • After Roobarb, Grange Calveley went on to write bonkers two-headed animal romp Noah and Nelly on the Skylark, often remembered for its catchphrase, "All aboard the Skylark!"

  • Roobarb animator Bob Godfrey went on to a second success with Henry's Cat, a cartoon about a laid-back, chilled out cat. It was apparently very popular with students.

  • As well as narrating Roobarb, Richard Briers is particularly well known for playing Tom Good in comedy series The Good Life

  • Roobarb's a pop star, having reached number three in the UK charts.

  • Roobarb and Custard were the presenters for the BBC's I Love 1974 programme.

  • Roobarb themed merchandise has included Marks and Spencer sheets printed with bones and Roobarb slippers from Woolworths.