Bottersnikes and Gumbles.

A couple of weeks back, I took the two younger children down to London for the premiere of Bottersnikes and Gumbles, a new show available on CBBC and Netflix, based on an Australian book.

At this point, you know as much as I did 🙂

If you mention Bottersnikes and Gumbles, you largely get blank expressions. Except for a few lucky people who came across the book back in the 1970s when it was first out and about, and from them you get massive enthusiasm.

The premiere was in a London hotel, with various cast members there. I got to meet Jeff Rawle!

jax and jeff

(With thanks to Jo from Mum friendly for this pic – you can read her Bottersnikes review here.)

but I’m getting ahead of myself. First of all, we watched the show.

Smallest loved it. Tigerboy pronounced it a bit scary, which surprised me as he’s not usually scared of anything to be honest, but he is a little younger than the target age range.

After we’d watched, we went off to enjoy some animation by colouring pictures on wheels then displayed via a phonotrope by animator Jim Le Fevre (who was one of the best people I’ve ever seen at handling a group of over excited children. Great fun.)


I had hoped to interview the very lovely Kathryn Drysdale, but unfortunately the children got a bit overwhelmed with the heat and excitement of the whole event, so we ended up having to leave and recover in a nearby Subway before heading home on the train. At which point we got the books out of our goody bags.

bottersnikes on train

You can buy the book at Amazon and other booksellers. It turns out it’s a fabulous read aloud, and we’ve been enjoying it at bedtime. (Sudden graduation from picture books. Not sure that I was ready for this!) It does have a slightly different feel to the TV show – the Gumbles are a bit sillier, the Bottersnikes a bit less awful and a bit more successful – but the children are quite prepared to enjoy it in both formats. Slightly worried as to what we’re going to do when we run out of book – I’ve asked if there will be any more released, as there are obviously stories missing from the collection we’ve got.

Bottersnikes and Gumbles is playing on CBBC daily, and is the highlight of the children’s day. I’m not sure they’ve worked out they could be watching it on Netflix, and I’m not about to point it out, as it’s quite nice for them to get a daily treat for a while. If you’ve not come across the show, I do recommend it. There’s a game in production as well, and I’m looking forward to seeing that.

Disclosure: we were invited to the premiere. Amazon links are affiliate links.

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