Woodland Animations‘ classic stop frame animated series, Bertha, has arrived on Britbox in the UK; And consequently included in ITVX‘s Premium package. This show comes as part of a recent large content drop that included Charlie Chalk, the Trumptonshire Trilogy, The Red Hand Gang, Roobarb and more!
Bertha was first shown on the BBC in 1985, airing for 13 episodes until 1986. It followed the work day of a group of factory workers and their living machine at Spottiswood and company, on the various levels of employment. The characters were designed by Ivor Wood. The show was narrated by actor Roy Kinnear, with additional voices by Sheila Walker. The soundtrack, including songs featured in the show, was released along with a small series of story books.
Some elements of this production contain some outdated stereotypes. This show has been presented uncut, and in the best possible quality for it’s age. The rights to the series, and others in the Woodland Animations library, are currently held by Dreamworks Classics.
Edit: Several of the episodes appear to be labelled incorrectly. For example, The Burglars is actually The Flying Bear.
Bertha is available to stream on Britbox and ITVX Premium