A kind of cross between Get Fresh and
No. 73 - i.e. it was set outdoors and moved
around t'country (a mobile funfair this time), and there
was also an attempt an ongoing storyline.
While a jolly enough
programme, it cannot be denied that the set-up was a tad
crap, and the acting in the 'dramatic' scenes
understandably unconvincing. It was something to do with
the cast being chased all over the shop by a black-garbed
villain. Yeah, great.
You think I'm exaggerating?
Here's the plot, as described in TV Times: "Frances
has inherited the Ghost Train. With the help of her mates
Paul and Sabra she sneaks it from the grasp of the evil
Barry Mafia and makes her escape. Inside is a startled
Gerard, the aliens' favourite broadcaster. They are
afraid, very afraid, for Barry Mafia is after them."
Clearly a winning formula!
Amazingly, Paul J Medford
was even less believable here than as EastEnders' Kelvin
To add insult to injury for
No. 73 fans, the show even featured brief
appearances by Sandi Toksvig (in a segment called
"The Impro Show" - like a cross between Whose
Line is it Anyway and The Sandwich Quiz).
Nobby the Sheep retained a
smidgeon of Gilbert's attitude, but in the main he was a
harbinger of the new generation of 'cool' puppets - what
with his leather jacket and green mohican.
Like Edd the Duck before
him, Nobby acquired his mohican late in the day (well, a
couple of months into the first series).