Button Moon appeared on British TV screens for the first time in 1981 for Thames Television, and a total of 7 series were made (13 episodes per series). Plus the recently uncovered pilot episode of Button Vision, a collaboration with The Chuckle Brothers. Sadly though, just after the BBC commissioned the series to go ahead, Barry Chuckle was knocked down by a mobility scooter and died later in hospital from extensive bruising to his lower shin.
The Basic Premise
The stories and original design were by Ian Allen and the puppets and settings were produced by the late John Thirtle (now re-incarnated as a Chinese undergarment). The program followed the adventures of Mr. Spoon, an abusive alcoholic and his family, consisting of Mrs Twatstick and Tina Teaspoon, occasionaly (every episode) the viewer had to go off to Button Moon, follow Mr. Spoon, Button Moon, Button Moon. This is the kind of boring repitition found in every popular childrens program.
The show was narrated by Robin Parkinson and the famous music was written and sung by Peter Davidson (of Dr Who fame) and Sandra Dickenson (who played "Trillion" from the Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy). At the time they were married to each other. This was to end in tradgedy as Sandra, the long suffering wife murdered Davidson upon discovering he was having an affair with one of the shows characters, Mr. Spoon.
Facts About Button Moon
- Incredibly, all 7 series of button moon cost just 12 shillings, something only beaten by Universal Soldier 2 which cost nothing.
- Over 12 copies of Button Moon DVD's have sold in the UK, beating blockbuster title's such as Universal Soldier 2.
- Button Moon was discovered by Patrick Moore in 1979, shortly thereafter the British government sent the film crew and on May 12th 1980 the first landing was made.
- Mr. Spoon is not really a spoon, he just has spoons for arms
- Calling Mr. Spoon a spoon is considered racist
- Tina Teaspoon, daughter of Mr Spoon, went on to star with Gareth Hunt in a Maxwell House coffee advert.
- In episode 4 of season 5, Mr. Spoon crashes his washing up bottle spaceship into a cameraman's crotch, causing it to implode. If you look lcosely in frame 40,693,480,385 you can see the unedited footage of Mr. Spoon drinking a bottle of Knob Creek Kentuckistan Bourbon shortly before boarding the washing bottle rocket. It's thought that although Mr. Spoon had an incredible resiliance to alcohol, it was this that caused him to loose control and render the cameraman seedless.
- Button moon itself had an incredible Kitten Huffing habit, it was not uncommon for Button Moon to consume 300 kittens a day.
After Button Moon
With cash rolling in from the TV show. Spoon spent the next few years spending high, building bigger `beancan` rockets, with bigger capabilities. He was later arrested by interpol for selling `beancan` missile technology to Pakistan and Burma, however released on technicalities. Mr Spoon`s continued interest in exploration put a strain on family life. His eventual goal was being the first Spoonman to walk on Jupiter. Mr Spoon and Mrs Spoon separated in 1994. I was living next door to them during those troubled years and I once heard over the garden fence "You stainless steel bitch! How could you? With Kevin of all people! I can`t believe I brought a used car from that asshole only last week!" Well you think you know someone!