"The further adventures of a boy doll who travels by rocket to Topsy Turvy Land where toys can walk, animals can talk and cream buns grow on trees." It's also the place "where all the neglected and mistreated toys that belonged to bad children go". Torchy is credited to Roberta Leigh, a prolific author who is probably best remembered for the excellent 'Space Patrol'. Kenneth Conner from the carry on films does eight of the characters in Torchy (e.g. Mr Bumbledrop, King Dithers, Pongo and Whirly). Gerry Anderson & AP films were involved in the first Torchy series (also available on DVD), although Roberta Leigh took over completely for this second series - she retained all the original series one puppets and the rights. AP Films went on do `Four Feathers Falls' instead.
Episodes from this series include : The Pollikan Bird Is Stolen, Torchy Has An Accident, Sparky The Dragon, Bogey Is Naughty Again, Pilliwig Cleans The Chimney, Pongo The Pirate, Washing Day In Topsy Turvy Land, Gluebell Wood, Squish Falls Down A Well and The Toys Get The Collywobbles.
Torchy series 2 (and 1) are filmed in excellent detail on these DVD sets - far better than any BBC 60's Dr Who so it was probably taken from B&W 35mm film. The puppet strings appear to be made of thick wool and are hardly AP films `supermarionation' of the 60's, but as most of the characters are toys anyway, being a puppet as well just adds to their charm. Besides it's the quality of Roberta Leigh's imaginative stories (and songs) that carry these series, e.g. Torchy's song: "Torchy, Torchy, the little battery boy, I'm a clever walking, talking toy. With bright blue eyes and golden hair, I've a magic beam that can shine anywhere". Typical quote: "Elephants never forget, but donkeys always remember".
My son (9) and daughter (11) are very taken with the Torchy series and watched all the episodes over 2 nights. They weren't fazed by the B&W picture either. Torchy and Flopsy the rag doll are very much children compared to the more adult characters in Anderson's later series, so perhaps my kids identified with them. So surprisingly a big hit with the latest generation. Highly recommended then, but no extra's - as the two DVD set is crammed with twenty-six 15 minute episodes that's no surprise. Probably not for sober adults though, unless you first caught this series in 1958 age five.