The Telebugs

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The Telebugs
Genre Animation
Created by John M. Mills
Elphin Lloyd-Jones
Voices of Ron Moody
Suzy Westerby
Music by Andy Murray
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 86
Executive producer(s) Anna Home
Producer(s) Telemagination
Telebug Enterprises
Running time 5 mins
Production company(s) Television South
HIT Entertainment
Original network ITV
Original release 6 January 1986 – 14 December 1987

The Telebugs is a cartoon from the 1980s about the adventures of three robots with televisions for heads.[1]


The robots' names are C.H.I.P. (Coordinated Hexadecimal Information Processor), S.A.M.A.N.T.H.A. (Solar Activated Micro Automated Non-inTerference Hearing Apparatus) and B.U.G. (Binary Unmanned Gamma camera) - who were accompanied by a flying video pack called M.I.C. (Mobile Independent Camera). They were invented by Professor Brainstrain (who is also known as Pwofessor Bwainstwain, owing to his unfortunate speech impediment) to stop enemies such as Baron Bullybyte, Magna, Angel Brain, Z.U.D.O (Zero-failure Universal Data Optimizer) Bug and Arcadia, whilst working as reporters for a TV executive named Mr McStarch.[1]

A total of 3 seasons and 86 episodes were produced by Telemagination for Telebug Enterprises and broadcast on Children's ITV in the United Kingdom from 1986–1987. Only 24 out of the 26 episodes from the first season were ever released on VHS.

It also aired on ABC TV in Australia from 6 July 1988 to 13 December 1991 and on TVNZ 2 in New Zealand.

The series was also best known for its closing theme song "I Have a Heart" (which debuted in season 2) written by American singer, pianist and songwriter Mort Shuman. It was sung by Suzy Westerby as Samantha in season 2 and American disco singer George McCrae in season 3.

The series also aired on GBC TV in Gibraltar, where it regularly served as a filler during children's programming in the 6:30 - 7:30pm slot during the mid to late 1980s.

In the 1990s the show was sold to HIT Entertainment but this time, the name was changed to The Gigglebytes.

Voice cast

Transmission guide

  • Series 1: 26 editions from 6 January 1986 – 10 February 1986
  • Series 2: 40 editions from 10 November 1986 – 16 January 1987
  • Series 3: 20 editions from 17 November 1987 – 14 December 1987


  1. ^ a b "Toonhound: Telebugs (1985-1987)". 

External links

  • The Telebugs on IMDb
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