Welcome to the most complete and accurate archive for the off-beat BBC2 television comedy series The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos. An archive clip show featuring voice-over artists providing satirical and surreal narratives. It ran for four series between 1989 and 1995, and was written and produced by Geoff Atkinson and Kim Fuller
  
In 2009, a full-length movie in a similar vein to 'Staggering Stories' titled 'Mashup Movie' was released. It was co-directed by Geoff Atkinson and Kim Fuller, and featured the voices of Jon Glover, Lewis Macleod and Jess Robinson. 

Contents

--> Cast
--> Appearances
--> Episode Guide
--> Episode Information
--> Sources
--> External Links
--> See Also
  

Cast  

Many of the voice over artists featured in this series were already established in television and film. One noticeable series being the satirical Spitting Image, which included both Geoff Atkinson and Kim Fuller as writers, and Enn Reitel, Jon Glover, Kate Robbins and Alistair McGowan as voice actors. Other noticeable actors featured in The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos include Jim Broadbent, Ronni Ancona, Caroline Leddy, Steve Steen, Joanna Brookes, Susie Blake, Richard E. Grant and Mac McDonald. Their careers also included roles in front of the camera, including Drop The Dead Donkey, The Impressionable Jon Culshaw, The Comic Strip Presents, Red Dwarf, Mrs. Brown's Boys, and The Big Impression.

    
Appearances

--> Enn Reitel 21 episodes
--> Jon Glover 20 episodes
--> Kate Robbins 16 episodes
--> Jim Broadbent 15 episodes
--> Steve Steen 12 episodes
--> Joanna Brookes 9 episodes
--> Caroline Leddy 8 episodes
--> Ronnie Ancona 6 episodes
--> Susie Blake  4 episodes
--> Alistair McGowan 4 episodes
--> David Calder 2 episodes
--> Peter Bland 2 episodes
--> Richard E. Grant 2 episodes
--> Mac McDonald 1 episode
--> Ann Bryson  1 episode
--> Maria McErlane  1 episode
--> Roger Blake 1 episode
--> Gary Parker 1 episode
--> Harry Ditson 1 episode


Episode Guide

Series 1

Episode  Title  Written & 
Produced by
Executive 
Producer
Year 
Made
Original 
Air Date
Original 
Air Time
Original 
Air Day
1 Of Elephants and Pianos Geoff Atkinson & Kim Fuller  Tony Garnett 1989 16 Nov 1989 22.10 - 22.30 Thursday
2 Of Mafia and Sugar Geoff Atkinson & Kim Fuller  Tony Garnett 1989 23 Nov 1989 22.10 - 22.30 Thursday
3 Of Monkeys & Submarines  Geoff Atkinson & Kim Fuller  Tony Garnett 1989 30 Nov 1989 22.10 - 22.30 Thursday
4 Of Corgis & Newspapers  Geoff Atkinson & Kim Fuller  Tony Garnett 1989 14 Dec 1989 22.10 - 22.30 Thursday
5 Of Priests & Christmas  Geoff Atkinson & Kim Fuller  Tony Garnett 1989 21 Dec 1989 22.10 - 22.30 Thursday
6 Of The Past & The Future Geoff Atkinson & Kim Fuller  Tony Garnett 1989 28 Dec 1989 19.40 - 20.00 Thursday

  
Series 2

Episode  Title  Written & 
Produced by
Executive 
Producer
Year 
Made
Original 
Air Date
Original 
Air Time
Original 
Air Day
1 Of Love & Pandas Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson Tony Garnett 1990 4 Apr 1991 22.10 - 22.30 Thursday
2 Of Nudists & Deities Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson Tony Garnett 1990 11 Apr 1991 22.10 - 22.30 Thursday
3 Of Loaves & Morris Dancers Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson Tony Garnett 1990 18 Apr 1991 22.10 - 22.30 Thursday
4 Of Sport and Funerals Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson Tony Garnett 1990 25 Apr 1991 22.10 - 22.30 Thursday
5 Of Missiles & Thespians Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson Tony Garnett 1990 2 May 1991 22.10 - 22.30 Thursday
6 Of Florists & Horses Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson Tony Garnett 1990 9 May 1991 22.10 - 22.30 Thursday

  
Review OF 1991

Episode  Title  Written & 
Produced by
Year 
Made
Original 
Air Date
Original 
Air Time
Original 
Air Day
The Staggering Year of Ferdinand de Bargos   Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson 1991 25 Dec 1991 16.50 - 17.20 Wednesday


Series 3

Episode  Title  Written & 
Produced by
Year 
Made
Original 
Air Date
Original 
Air Time
Original 
Air Day
1 Of Ferdinand de Bargos  Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson 1992 4 Mar 1993 22.10 - 22.30 Thursday
2 Of Cowboys & Submarines  Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson 1992 11 Mar 1993 22.10 - 22.30 Thursday
3 "Cowboy Revoicing"  Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson 1992 18 Mar 1993 22.10 - 22.30 Thursday
4 Of J.F.K Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson 1992 25 Mar 1993 22.10 - 22.30 Thursday
5 Of Astronaughts & Penguins Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson 1992 5 Apr 1993 22.10 - 22.30 Monday


Series 4

Episode  Title  Written & 
Produced by
Year 
Made
Original 
Air Date
Original 
Air Time
Original 
Air Day
1 The Minister's Affair Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson 1994 30 Jul 1995 19.15 - 19.35 Sunday
2 The Private Life of Bricks Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson 1994 6 Aug 1995 19.40 - 20.00 Sunday
3 The News At Eight With Vento Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson 1994 13 Aug 1995 19.40 - 20.00 Sunday
4 Time, MacFaddyan, Please Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson 1994 27 Aug 1995 19.40 - 20.00 Sunday
5 The Strange Case of Check Shirt Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson 1994 3 Sep 1995 20.40 - 21.00 Sunday
6 The Strange Case of Check Shirt Man Who Thinks He's A Chicken Kim Fuller & Geoff Atkinson 1994 24 Sep 1995 20.10 - 20.30 Sunday

Note:- Associate producer - Janet McBride Demir 


Episode Information

Series 1

Episode  Title  Radio Times Description Voices
1 Of Elephants and Pianos "To have had carnal knowledge of an alpaca is a crime only in the eyes of your fellow men"
FERDINAND DE BARGOS
The stories of de Bargos have brought immense pleasure and amusement to countless audiences around the world for more than a generation. Now, for the first time, British television viewers get the opportunity to enjoy these unique, bizarre tales.
Enn Reitel
Jon Glover
Kate Robbins
Susie Blake
2 Of Mafia and Sugar "He who has eaten shellfish alone all his life must not look to others for their opinions"
FERDINAND DE BARGOS
How can having a sweet tooth be to the advantage of Don Barbella and the police? Discover the answer as this week's staggering story takes us from New York, via South America and Palermo, to a sleepy village in the heart of England.
Enn Reitel
Jon Glover
Kate Robbins
Susie Blake
Mac Mc Donald
3 Of Monkeys & Submarines  "Never leave until tomorrow what you could do next week"
FERDINAND DE BARGOS
Dr Arnold MacFaddyan takes on an unusual operation 
Enn Reitel
Jon Glover
Kate Robbins
Susie Blake
David Calder
4 Of Corgis & Newspapers "Which is the greatest disappointment, to have lived 90 years and never know the love of a woman, or to have experienced a sneeze that didn't happen?"
FERDINAND DE BARGOS 
Enn Reitel
Jon Glover
Kate Robbins
Ann Bryson
Jim Broadbent
Maria McErlane
5 Of Priests & Christmas "Tis the season to be jolly, Of ivy, snow and boughs of holly. Sitting round the Christmas tree, Meditating on the tragic inevitability of man's mortality"
FERDINAND DE BARGOS, CHRISTMAS 1948
Is Christmas coming? A small village priest has an apocalyptic vision that results in a crisis of belief in the Vatican.
Enn Reitel
Jon Glover
Kate Robbins
David Calder
6 Of The Past & The Future "I refuse to believe in reincarnation until I have eaten a fish that looks like Noel Coward"
FERDINAND DE BARGOS
What is the connection between a change in the school curriculum, the Japanese and a small flotilla of ships floating in the sea above Watford? Find out in this, the last series Ferdinand de Bargos's stories.
Enn Reitel
Jon Glover
Kate Robbins
Susie Blake
Jim Broadbent

  
Series 2

Episode  Title  Radio Times Description Voices
1 Of Love & Pandas The mysterious Ferdinand de Bargos hosts this surreal comedy series. Blending fact and fiction it raises many questions. Why is the Russian panda lovelorn? What are the boys scouts after? And who is this de Bargos chap?
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In which a lovelorn panda is injected with Dr Arnold Mcfaddian's love potion and escapes from the zoo to search for the beautiful Monica. 
Enn Reitel
Kate Robbins 
Jim Broadbent
Peter Bland
Caroline Leddy
2 Of Nudists & Deities How phallic is Nelson's column and should it be entrousered? Are apples evil? Do bull seals sleep together on the first date? De Bargos answers.  Enn Reitel
Jon Glover
Kate Robbins
Jim Broadbent
Caroline Leddy
3 Of Loaves & Morris Dancers English villagers fight Brussels bureaucrats to prevent the introduction of the Euro-loaf, the Euro-fish, and the Eur-inal    Enn Reitel
Kate Robbins
Jim Broadbent
Caroline Leddy
Roger Blake
4 Of Sport and Funerals Sumo wrestling centre forward Barry 'Bazza' Bagshaw rises to the status of a one-man offshore investment company.  Enn Reitel
Jon Glover
Kate Robbins
Jim Broadbent
Caroline Leddy
5 Of Missiles & Thespians The cold war has ended and the army is being retrained to take in washing. Meanwhile, in a nuclear missile silo, a twiddly bit is being twiddled.  Enn Reitel
Kate Robbins
Jim Broadbent
Peter Bland
6 Of Florists & Horses The fate of the planet lies in the hands of Dr Arnold McFaddin, FRCS (Horse Surgery Faculty).  Enn Reitel
Jon Glover
Kate Robbins
Jim Broadbent
Caroline Leddy

Note:- Start of new series listiing in Radio Times 
 
 
Review Of 1991

Episode  Title  Radio Times Description Voices
1 The Staggering Year of Ferdinand de Bargos Spoof review of 1991     Enn Reitel
Jon Glover
Kate Robbins
Jim Broadbent
Caroline Leddy
Joanna Brookes
Steve Steen

  
Series 3

Episode  Title  Radio Times Description Voices
1 Of Ferdinand de Bargos  NEW. More surreal tales, using archive clips with unexpected voiceovers. Enn Reitel
Jon Glover
Jim Broadbent
Joanna Brookes
Steve Steen
2 Of Cowboys & Submarines  Surreal tales, using archive clips with unexpected voiceovers. Enn Reitel
Jon Glover
Kate Robbins
Jim Broadbent
Steve Steen
3 "Cowboy Revoicing"  More surreal tales, using archive clips with unexpected voiceovers. Tonight, the Wild West falls victim to re-dubbing.  Enn Reitel
Jim Broadbent
Joanna Brookes
Steve Steen
Gary Parker
4 Of J.F.K More surreal tales, using archive clips with unexpected voiceovers. Tonight: JFK.  Jon Glover
Kate Robbins
Steve Steen
Harry Ditson
Richard E. Grant
5 Of Astronaughts & Penguins Last in the series of surreal tales.  Jon Glover
Kate Robbins
Jim Broadbent
Joanna Brookes
Steve Steen
Richard E. Grant

  
Series 4

Episode  Title  Radio Times Description Voices
1 The Minister's Affair First in a new six-part series of the off-beat comedy. The Minister's Affair. The Falcon is a suave English detective on the trail of the infamous Fish Man. But dogging his footsteps is Ferdinand De Bargos, who wants him to narrate some more of his fantastic tales. Meanwhile, an ambitious MP enlists the services of Dr McFaddyan to perform a hazardous sex-change operation, with the Machiavellian intention of seducing a married government minister, creating a scandal and forcing his resignation.  Jon Glover
Jim Broadbent
Caroline Leddy
Joanna Brookes
Steve Steen
Ronnie Ancona
2 The Private Life of Bricks A series of off-beat comedy. The Private Life of Bricks. An untried film director's low budget art movie is acquired by the British Arty Film Company, who stake everything on its success.  Enn Reitel
Jon Glover
Jim Broadbent
Caroline Leddy
Steve Steen
Ronnie Ancona
3 The News At Eight With Vento Third in an off-beat six-part series in which pieces of old film footage are edited to comic effect. 
The News At Eight With Vento. With television output so dominated by sleaze, the future is looking bleak for DBTV news service - until a ventriloquist newsreader, Vento, and Otto, his outspoken, opinionated dummy, enter the equation and turn matters around in their favour.
Enn Reitel
Jon Glover
Joanna Brookes
Steve Steen
Ronnie Ancona
Alistair McGowan
4 Time, MacFaddyan, Please Fourth in an off-beat six-part series in which pieces of old film footage are edited to comic effect.
Time, MacFaddyan, Please. When a young boy borrows MacFaddyan's time-travelling bicycle to pedal into the future, he inadvertently awakens the people of the 1950s to the myriad horrors ahead that lie in wait for them in the dreaded 1970s. Anxious not to change, the menfolk of the 50s immediately take the decision to obliterate the 1970s from the pages of history by sending a squadron of Second World War bombers on a mission of destruction. It is left to Doctor Macfaddyn to save the future for coming generations by turning back time to prevent the attack. 
Enn Reitel
Jon Glover
Joanna Brookes
Steve Steen
Ronnie Ancona
Alistair McGowan
5 The Strange Case of Check Shirt Man Who Thinks He's A Chicken Fifth in an six-part off-beat comedy series. 
The Strange Case of Check Shirt Man Who Thinks He's A Chicken. When Check Shirt Man is charged with murder on the grounds of his dress and the fact that he has slugs on his cabbages, his defence looks doomed until the Falcon unwittingly steps into the action. He mistakes the courtroom for a restaurant and wins the case by ordering a fish supper from Macfaddyan's Flying Fish restaurant.
Enn Reitel
Jon Glover
Joanna Brookes
Steve Steen
Ronnie Ancona
Alistair McGowan
6 The Falcon and His Big White Car Last in an off-beat comedy series.
The Falcon and His Big White Car. Basking in the glory after the opening of his new film, the Falcon is alarmed to discover puppy owners everywhere are appalled at his unwillingness to narrate Staggering Stories. Reluctantly, he sets off in search of the narrator's microphone, unaware there is no show this week and he is about to be sent on a malicious goose chase. 
Enn Reitel
Jon Glover
Joanna Brookes
Steve Steen
Ronnie Ancona
Alistair McGowan

  
Sources

--> The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos - End Credits
--> Radio Times Magazine (1989 - 1995)
--> Genome BBC Radio Times 1923 - 2009 Project
  

External Links

--> The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos Appreciation Society group on Facebook
--> The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos at the The Movie DB
--> The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos at Wikipedia
--> The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos at the Internet Movie Database
--> The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos at the British Film Institute
--> The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos at TV.com


See Also

--> Mystery Science Theater 3000
--> Squawkie Talkie
--> Walk On The Wild Side