Promotional Leaflet Southern Star Distribution
My original Map of the Wot-a-Lots Woods on Wot-an-Island
I soaked the paper I drew the Map on in tea to create an antique effect
Wot-a-Splash! Test Film
1997. Wot-a-Splash! was the first ever 3D Stop-Frame Puppet Animated Test Film I had made for my Wot-a-Lots and their World.
Wot-a-Splash! was animated and all the sets designed and made by the highly talented and skilled Animators and Art Department at Cosgrove Hall Films Studios in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Manchester.
3D Models hand crafted by Mackinnon and Saunders.
Voices and Narration by Jimmy Hibbert.
The Wot-a-Lots Theme Tune and Music by John Cameron.
Directed by Sarah Ball.
1997 BB (Before Beeps!)
Very big thank you to Stanleys http://www.stanleys.london for transcoding Wot-a-Splash!
Colouring in and Activity Pages
The Beeps® were originally broadcast daily in the United Kingdom on Channel 5 Milkshake! Subsequently sold internationally to over sixty seven countries all around the world by Southern Star Distribution and Endemol Worldwide Distribution.
Here are some of the countries my lovely Citizens of the World, my Wot-Beeps have visited:
🇧🇫 Burkina Faso
🇨🇻 Cape Verde Islands
🇨🇫 Central African Republic
🇬🇶 Equatorial Guinea
🇪🇺 Europe (Hotbird footprint)
🇬🇼 Guinea Bissau
🇨🇮 Ivory Coast
Middle East (Arabsat/Nilesat)
🇳🇿 New Zealand
🇸🇭 Saint Helena
🇸🇹 Sao Tome & Principe
🇸🇱 Sierra Leone
🇿🇦 South Africa
🇰🇷 South Korea
🇱🇰 Sri Lanka
🇬🇧 United Kingdom
🇪🇭 Western Sahara
Season 1. Episode 2.
Translated into Arabic
Seasons 1, 2 & 3 originally broadcast on Channel 5 Milkshake!
I created, developed, secured broadcaster, funding, co-Executive Produced The Beeps.
65 x11 minute CGI animated episodes of The Beeps® made for Channel 5.
The UK terrestrial television Premiere and Daily Broadcast of The Beeps on Channel 5’s Milkshake! https://www.channel5.com/show/the-beeps
Smelly-Beep’s very First CGI Animated Steps! ❤️
Selection of CGI Images from The Beeps Series 1, 2 & 3
Episode lists of The Beeps Seasons 1, 2 & 3
S1/Ep1 Mar. 12 Lost Socks
S1/Ep2 Mar. 13 Up High Hill
S1/Ep3 Mar. 14 Beeping in the Rain
S1/Ep4 Mar. 15 Yuk’s Stuck Truck
S1/Ep5 Mar. 16 The Sock Mess Monster
S1/Ep6 Mar. 17 Pink Snow
Very big thank you to Stanleys http://www.stanleys.london for transcoding Pink Snow.
S1/Ep7 Mar. 19 Hide and Beep
S1/Ep8 Mar. 21 Beep Ball
S1/Ep9 Mar. 22 Beeping Trumpet
S1/Ep10 Mar. 23 What’s That Noise?
S1/Ep11 Mar. 26 Sky High
S1/Ep12 Mar. 27 Flutterbye
S1/Ep13 Mar 24 Beep
S1/Ep14 Mar. 25 Teeny’s Big Day Written by Helena Smee
S1/Ep15 Mar. 26 The Big Freeze
S2/Ep16 Sep. 13 Drozzle Dries Up
S2/Ep17 Sep. 14 Noisy Neighbour
S2/Ep18 Oct. 17 Sports Day
S2/Ep19 Sep. 18 Where No Beep Has Gone Before
S2/Ep20 Sep. 19 Bouncy Bouncy Beep Beep
S2/Ep21 Sep. 19 Big Beepday Bash
S2/Ep22 Sep. 20 Yuk Says No
S2/Ep23 Sep. 24 Wheely Helpful Written by Helena Smee
Clean Beep Written by Helena Smee
S2/Ep24 Sep. 25 Teeny Beep Takes Off
S2/Ep25 Sep. 26 Carnival Written by Helena Smee
S2/Ep26 Sep. 27 Peas and Beeps Written by Helena Smee
S2/Ep27 Apr. 25 Stuck on You!
S2/Ep28 Dec. 9 Hole Lot of Trouble Written by Helena Smee
S2/Ep29 Dec. 15 A Little Adventure
S2/Ep30 Dec. 16 The Lost Houses
S2/Ep31 May 1 Bounceberry Pie
S2/Ep32 Dec. 23 Treasure Hunt
S2/Ep33 May 5 Home Sweet Home
S2/Ep34 May 6 Leafy’s Hoe
S2/Ep35 Apr. 24 Brand New Bossy
S2/Ep36 May 8 Twinkleberry Pie
S2/Ep37 May 9 The Great Pink Sunset
S2/Ep38 Apr. 28 Bubble and Beep!
S2/Ep39 Apr. 22 Put a Sock in It!
S2/Ep40 Apr. 30 Crafty Beeps! Written by Helena Smee
S2/Ep41 May 2 Cure for Bossy
S2/Ep42 Dec. 22 Hunt the Beep
S2/Ep43 Apr. 23 Pets
S2/Ep44 Dec. 8 Source of the Sapphire Stream
S2/Ep45 Apr. 29 Wash Those Socks!
S2/Ep46 Dec. 12 The Bumps
S3/Ep1 Aug. 30 Up Down Hill
S3/Ep2 Aug. 31 Caravan
S3/Ep3 Sep. 6 Secret Garden Written by Helena Smee
S3/Ep4 Sep. 7 Bounceflower Tea
S3/Ep5 Sep. 13 The Whale
S3/Ep6 Sep. 14 Soggy Sockroaches
S3/Ep7 Sep. 20 Stinkroots
S3/Ep8 Sep. 21 Sing-a-long-a-beeps
S3/Ep9 Sep. 27 History Book
S3/Ep10 Sep. 28 What Goes Splat?
S3/Ep11 Oct. 4 Musical Beeps Written by Helena Smee
S3/Ep12 Oct. 5 Strung Along
S3/Ep13 Oct. 11 The Sock Tree
S3/Ep14 Oct. 12 Pet Hospital
S3/Ep15 Oct. 13 Beepside the Seaside
S3/Ep16 Oct. 14 The Moon-Fruit Tree
Very big thank you to Stanleys http://www.stanleys.london for transcoding The Moon-Fruit Tree.
S3/Ep17 Oct. 15 No Smoke Without Beeps
S3/Ep18 Oct. 16 Beep Island Blues
S3/Ep19 Oct. 17 The Bees and the Socks
S3/Ep20 Oct 27 The Rainbow
John and Rosemary Barratt
Original 3D Puppets of the original Wot-a-Lots; Laugh-a-Lot, Smell-a-Lot and Chirp-a-Lot beautifully hand-crafted by MacKinnon & Saunders for the Test Film “Wot-a-Splash!” made by Cosgrove Hall Films.
Inspiration for the Bush Houses
Absolute Digital Studios Animation Tests
Spring 2005. The very talented Absolute Digital Studios produced superb Animation tests for my Wot-a-Lots.
Evolution of The Beep-Beep Tree
The Real Beep-Beep Tree, Kensington Gardens, London W8
My original pencil draft idea for The Beep-Beep Tree
My watercolour of The Beep-Beep Tree
CGI Interpretation of The Beep-Beep Tree
Selection of my original Wot-a-Lots Drawings in watercolour with ink outlines
Selection of my original Wot-Transport Ideas and Drawings
My original pencil draft idea for Beautiful Beeposaurus
CGI interpretation of Beautiful Beeposaurus
My original pencil draft ideas for Mucky-Beep, his best friend Muckymuddypuddle and of course, not forgetting his delightful Mucky-Truck!
CGI Interpretations of Mucky-Beep, Mucky-Truck and Muckymuddypuddle!
My original pencil draft idea for Teeny-Wot
CGI Interpretation of Teeny-Wot
now known as The Beeps
One beautiful sunny afternoon in September 1993 while I was at my desk drawing in my studio, I was inspired to create The Wot-a-Lots® (renaming them The Beeps® eleven years later). These little characters and their world were inspired by my family, friends and life experiences.
Initially, I started drawing and writing up all my ideas for the Wot-a-Lots® just one or two evenings a week, after I had finished all the illustration and graphic design jobs for my clients.
However, this project rapidly developed into a burning passion, and I would often work all through the night on my Wot-a-Lots®, in an attempt to try and transfer the mass of ideas, images and information about the Wot-a-Lots® and their world that were in my head onto paper.
This resulted in me producing hundreds and hundreds of sketches, diagrams, illustrations, photos and maps. I made models of all the characters, their homes and transport. I wrote over a hundred stories, as well as minutely detailed descriptions of all the Wot-a-Lots habits, jobs, eccentricities and daily life in their world as well as fully comprehensive Style Guides and Writers Manual.
From the very start of this project, I intended to design a lot of characters, and wanted to devise a family surname that clearly expressed this. I eventually came up with the name The Wot-a-Lots®, inspired by what-a-lot of characters I was drawing!
The forename of each character to clearly describe his or her main personality trait, for instance, I named the Sleepy one ‘Sleep-a-Lot’ (subsequently renaming him ‘Sleepy-Beep’).
All the characters and their Pet-Friends were designed using a basic egg shape. With unique facial features, hairstyles, clothes, footwear and accessories designed especially for every individual character. I have created over fifty two Wot-a-Lots®/Beeps® characters in total, -one for each week of the year! Written over a hundred stories about them too.
About eleven years later, after I was was woken up in the middle of the night by my inspired idea for the Beep-Beep Tree, I thought it was about the right time to rename my lovely little characters and their world The Beeps®. So I named them after this new special tree in preparation for their big exciting animated global adventure they were about to embark upon.
It took me until 2005 to raise the funding required to get my project made into an animated pre-school television show. At the time, it was the biggest ever financial investment Channel 5 had made into a pre-school animated television show.
‘The Lost Socks’ Episode 1, Season 1 of The Beeps® premiered and broadcast in the UK at 7.20 am on Monday 12th March 2007 on the Channel Five Milkshake!
A total of 65 x11 minute CGI Animated episodes were made for Channel 5.
The Beeps® distributed worldwide by Southern Star and Endemol Worldwide Distribution.
To date the show has been sold to over sixty seven countries all around the world.