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 the first season was ever released on VHS.

It also aired on ABC TV in Australia from 6 July 1988 to 13 December 1991, on TV1 in Malaysia 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.

The series was also broadcast on cable and satellite television on The Children's Channel.

In the 1990s the show was sold to HIT Entertainment but this time, the name was changed to The Gigglebytes. The series with the name change was also broadcast in Singapore on Prime 12 as part of their lineup of children's programming Kidz Blitz.

Voice cast

  • All the male characters were voiced by Ron Moody (except for Bug) and the female characters (also including Bug) were voiced by Suzy Westerby.

Transmission guide

Series 1

UK Broadcast Date Title
06.01.1986 Angel Brain
07.01.1986 Apple Hi
08.01.1986 Fair Play
09.01.1986 Jupiter Moon
10.01.1986 Telebugs in Danger
13.01.1986 Zudo Bug
14.01.1986 Signal Seizure
15.01.1986 Submarine Snack
16.01.1986 Oil Strike
17.01.1986 Digger Dumped*
20.01.1986 Hijack Hacker
21.01.1986 Zap Code*
22.01.1986 Bank Byte
23.01.1986 City Stopper
24.01.1986 The Telebugs Strike Back
27.01.1986 Power Pirate
28.01.1986 Robocars
29.01.1986 Magnetic Madness
30.01.1986 Flood
31.01.1986 Flight Plan
03.02.1986 Return of Zudo
04.02.1986 TV Terror
05.02.1986 Complex Confusion
06.02.1986 Enter the Professor
07.02.1986 Lethal Lift Off
10.02.1986 Professor in Danger

*These two episodes were not included on the VHS releases.

Series 2

UK Broadcast Date Title
10.11.1986 Star Venture
11.11.1986 Parsec Pirates
12.11.1986 Deep Space Decoy
13.11.1986 Stardon De–Programme
14.11.1986 Angel Overload
17.11.1986 The Binods
18.11.1986 Scrambling Ray
19.11.1986 Cave Knaves
20.11.1986 Scrambled Samantha
21.11.1986 Binod Rebound
24.11.1986 Space Age Snooker
25.11.1986 Culture Crazy
26.11.1986 Arcadia Goes West
27.11.1986 Panel Panic
28.11.1986 Lifo Makes Friends
01.12.1986 Cosmic Castaway
02.12.1986 Lebab Goes Ape
03.12.1986 Lebab Rocks the Moon
04.12.1986 Rescue
05.12.1986 Death Station Zudo
08.12.1986 Shadow of the Past
09.12.1986 Castle Cyphernal
10.12.1986 Pit of Peril
11.12.1986 The Rose of Infinity
12.12.1986 Lifo to the Rescue
15.12.1986 The Gate of Swords
16.12.1986 The Battle Of The Air
17.12.1986 Ordeal by Fire
18.12.1986 The Lake and the Key
19.12.1986 The Shrinking Cage
05.01.1987 Time Shift
06.01.1987 Roman Doom
07.01.1987 The Two Caesars
08.01.1987 Telebugs in Rome
09.01.1987 All Hail Bug
12.01.1987 Bait for the Badz
13.01.1987 Digit Digger
14.01.1987 Peanut Icicles
15.01.1987 Brain Lock
16.01.1987 Flame Out

Series 3

UK Broadcast Date Title
17.11.1987 Pyramids Pyrotechnics
18.11.1987 Volcano Adventure
19.11.1987 Magic Megaliths
20.11.1987 Temple of the Sun
23.11.1987 Inter-terrain Maze
24.11.1987 Holographic Holiday
25.11.1987 Monster Mash
26.11.1987 Castle Creepers
27.11.1987 Frankenheim's Monsters
30.11.1987 Laser Blases
01.12.1987 The Palace of Science
02.12.1987 Colossus
03.12.1987 Zombie Profs
04.12.1987 Robot Rampage
07.12.1987 The Sphere
08.12.1987 Telesonic Rock
09.12.1987 Digger Decoy
10.12.1987 The Tea Party
11.12.1987 Disarray
15.12.1987 Mulch to the Rescue


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

External links

  • The Telebugs on IMDb
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