Mr. Squiggle is a marionette with a pencil for a nose, who visits his friends from his home at 93 Crater Crescent on the Moon, flying in his pet rocket (named Rocket).




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Norman Hetherington Norman Hetherington ...  Bill Steamshovel / ... 59 episodes, 1960-1997
Rebecca Hetherington Rebecca Hetherington ...  Rebecca 49 episodes, 1990-1997


Mr. Squiggle is a marionette with a pencil for a nose, who visits his friends from his home at 93 Crater Crescent on the Moon, flying in his pet rocket (named Rocket). In every episode he would create several pictures from "squiggles" sent in by children from around the country. Mr Squiggle is a cheery, scatter-brained character who is often distracted and occasionally goes for "space-walks", leading his assistant to calm him down and get him to focus on the task of drawing. Mr. Squiggle was helped by a human assistant in all of the show's incarnations; they included Miss Gina (Gina Curtis), Miss Pat (Pat Lovell), Miss Jane (Jane Fennell), and later series featured Roxanne (Roxanne Kimmorley) and Rebecca (Rebecca Hetherington, Hetherington's daughter). Other puppet characters that appeared in the show included: Blackboard, the grumpy blackboard that Mr. Squiggle uses for an easel, whose catchphrases are "Hurrry up", "Hmmph", "Double hmmph" and "Booorrriing". Gus the Snail, who had a ... Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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1 July 1959 (Australia) See more »

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Black and White (1959-1974)| Color (1975-)
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Did You Know?


Rebecca Hetherington, the last presenter, is the daughter of Norman Hetherington, who also played, and created Mr Squiggle, and writer Margaret Hetherington. Norman also played, Bill, Gus and Blackboard. See more »


Referenced in Swinging Safari (2018) See more »

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5 December 2007 | by andyma1rSee all my reviews

I remember watching this program as a child in the late 60's. I can remember feeling scared of Mr Squiggle because he used to get impatient and shout at the assistant when he was put in his rocket to go back to the moon! Also, the way that big pencil/nose used to stick out the front of the rocket gave me nightmares. Well, like taste, there is no accounting for fears. There were many programs of this type back then. Some of them are still going and have gone computer generated. They have lost the realism that brought me my fears. I bet, in some small way, that program contributed more to who I am today than all the politically correct TV tat I have seen as an adult. Oh yeah, I forgot about the blackboard. Another non PC title! That guy really frightened the bejeezus out of me when Miss Whoever wasn't quick enough to put a new canvas on his easel!!

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