Jigsaw (1)



Adrian Hedley (all series)

Janet Ellis (1979-83)


Character voices: John Leeson

David Cleveland and David Wyatt (Cid Sleuth section, 1979-81)

Tommy Boyd (1980-1)

"The 'O' Men": Sylvester McCoy and David Rappaport

"Dot": Julia Binsted (1983-4)

Paul Shearer (1984)

Howard Stableford (final series, 1984)

Wilf Lunn


16 July 1979 to 15 June 1984 (49 programmes in 6 series)


Viewer participation competition where the object each week to identify a six-letter word.

Each letter would be identified via a sketch of some variety, which nearly always included some brilliant miming by host Adrian Hedley. At the end of the programme, Mr Noseybonk (a man - Hedley in disguise, of course - wearing a really quite scary mask with a very, very long nose and a pair of ill-fitting trousers) would run around a park or some such location, with some jaunty background-music, looking at different objects - the first letters of these prominent objects being the answer to the write-in competition.

In the early series there would be a sketch involving inept detective "Cid Sleuth", and other characters included the O-Men (Sylvester McCoy and David Rappaport), Biggum the Scottish giant - all you ever saw of him was his sandals - and Pterry the pterodactyl. After Janet Ellis left to join Blue Peter, Julia Binsted provided a replacement of sorts as "Dot", a character who changed from a silver dot on the screen into a human and could manipulate the visual elements of the show.

Reprised to an extent with See it, Saw it.

The cast of Jigsaw


Devised by Clive Doig.

Web links

TV Cream

Children'sTV site

Jigsaw fan page


Janet Ellis and Adrian Hedley
Jig (foreground) reveals the six-letter word
Mr Noseybonk


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