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Encyclopedia > Round the Twist
Round the Twist
Format Children's
Supernatural Comedy
Created by Paul Jennings
Developed by Australian Children's Television Foundation
Starring Richard Moir
Tamsin West
Sam Vandenberg
Roddy McLennan
Robyn Gibbes
Bunny Brooke
Joelene Crnogorac
Ben Thomas
Jeffrey Walker
Rian McLean
Ebonnie Masini
Andrew S. Gilbert
Mathew Waters
Marion Heathfield
Opening theme Round The Twist lyrics and music by Andrew Duffield
sung by Tamsin West
Ending theme Round The Twist lyrics and music by Andrew Duffield
sung by Tamsin West
Country of origin Australia
No. of episodes 52
Production
Executive producer(s) Patricia Edgar
Running time 25 mins
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 4:3
Original run April 4, 1989May 2, 2001
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary
Round the Bend is an unrelated British television series.

Round the Twist is an Australian children's television series based on fantasy stories written by author Paul Jennings. Its first series was made in 1989. A second series, with many roles re-cast, was made in 1992. A third series, again re-cast, was made in 1999, followed by a fourth (with some roles again re-cast) in 2000. Image File history File links Round_the_twist. ... Look up Supernatural in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... Paul Jennings AM (born April 30, 1943) is a best-selling Australian childrens book writer. ... The Australian Childrens Television Foundation is a non-profit organisation that makes television programmes for children. ... Richard Moir is a Queensland-born Australian actor. ... Tamsin West (born March 7, 1974) is an Australian actress, best known for her role as Linda Twist in Round the Twist. ... Robyn Gibbes is an Australian actress, probably best known for her roles in Prisoner (as Sam Greenway) and Round The Twist (as Fay James). ... Jeffrey Walker (born on July 10, 1982 in Melbourne) was an Australian child actor best known for his appearances in Ocean Girl and Round the Twist. ... The Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC is Australias national non-profit public broadcaster. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Round the Twist is an unrelated Australian childrens television series. ... Childrens television series are television programmes designed for and marketed to children, normally aired during the morning and afternoon hours, mainly before and after school. ... For other uses, see Fantastic (disambiguation). ... Paul Jennings AM (born April 30, 1943) is a best-selling Australian childrens book writer. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...


Many external scenes were shot around the region of the Split Point Lighthouse in Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia. A lighthouse located in Aireys Inlet- a small town on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. ... A small coastal town on the Great Ocean Road, South-West of Melbourne, Australia. ... “VIC” redirects here. ...


The show's distinctive theme song, with the lyrics "have you ever... ever felt like this?..." was sung by Tamsin West, who played the lead female role of Linda in the first series. It borrowed lines from popular nursery rhymes such as "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly", "Humpty Dumpty" and "Rain Rain Go Away". Tamsin West (born March 7, 1974) is an Australian actress, best known for her role as Linda Twist in Round the Twist. ... A nursery rhyme is a traditional song or poem taught to young children, originally in the nursery. ... There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, I Know an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly) is a childrens song with a cumulative structure. ... Humpty Dumpty sits on a wall, prior to his fall. ... William Wallace Denslows illustrations for a variant of Rain Rain Go Away, from a 1901 edition of Mother Goose Arthur, according to Denslow Rain, Rain, Go Away is a short childrens rhyme: Rain, rain, go away. ...

Contents

Story

The Twist family—three children and their widowed father—go to live in a lighthouse, and become embroiled in all sorts of magical adventures, each episode being a self-contained story. The Twist family also have frequent conflicts with a ruthless local businessman, Harold Gribble and his family, over ownership of the lighthouse and the dangers to the environment posed by Mr. Gribble's many business schemes. Eddystone Lighthouse, one of the first wavewashed lighthouses For other uses, see Lighthouse (disambiguation). ... Not to be confused with Magic (illusion). ...


Content

Round the Twist is notable for having pushed the boundaries of what is acceptable for children's television, to the extent that the Australian Children's Television Foundation had difficulty finding a distributor for it: according to the ACTF's marketing Manager Jenny Buckland, "the scripts were declared 'too rude', 'not for television' and 'outrageous'".[1] Some episodes include scatological references, urination, body odour, underwear, birth, death, nudity, or references to genitalia.[2] However these are all used for comic effect, and the series also engages with significant personal or social issues such as environmental conservation, or relations with the opposite sex.[3] Many episodes revolve around helping restless spirits of dead people or animals find peace.[4] The Australian Childrens Television Foundation is a non-profit organisation that makes television programmes for children. ...


In the UK DVD release of Round The Twist, four DVDs were given a U rating and four a PG rating.[5] Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ... British Board of Film Classification logo The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), originally British Board of Film Censors, is the organisation responsible for film and some video game classification and censorship within the United Kingdom. ... British Board of Film Classification logo The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), originally British Board of Film Censors, is the organisation responsible for film and some video game classification and censorship within the United Kingdom. ...


Reception

It is said that the show was a much bigger hit overseas than in Australia.[citation needed] In the UK it was aired on the BBC's CBBC segment several times in the 1990s and early 2000s, and was repeated again in 2007 on Five on Sunday mornings. It also regularly appeared on Network 2 in Ireland. The show was also popular in The Netherlands. In Canada it won the Banff Television Festival award for "Best Children's Programme" in 2000, and in Australia it won the Logie Award for "Outstanding Children's Programme" in 2002. It was also nominated for an award at the Australian Film Institute. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Current CBBC Logo CBBC - short for Childrens BBC - is the brand-name for the BBCs childrens television programmes aimed at children aged between 6 and 12 years old. ... Five (often referred as five, as per the logo), formerly, and more commonly known as Channel 5, is the British fifth and final national analogue terrestrial TV channel. ... RTÉ Two (Irish: RTÉ a Dó) (known from 1988 to 2004 as Network 2, RTÉ Network Two, RTÉ2 or N2) is Irelands second-oldest television channel, operated by Irish state broadcaster Radio Telefís Éireann. ... Motto: Je Maintiendrai (Dutch: Ik zal handhaven, English: I Shall Uphold) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam1 Largest city Amsterdam Official language(s) Dutch2 Government Parliamentary democracy Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Beatrix  - Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende Independence Eighty Years War   - Declared July 26, 1581   - Recognised January 30, 1648 (by Spain... The Banff television festival recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary as Canadas premier internation event celebrating television and new media. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... The Gold Logie Award The Logie Awards are the Australia television industry awards, which have been presented annually since 1959. ... The Australian Film Institute (AFI), established in 1958, is an organisation that promotes Australian film and television through the annual AFI Awards, a membership program and AFI film events throughout the year. ...


Characters

The show revolves around the four members of the Twist family:

  • Tony Twist ("Dad") - a widower with a kind heart, romantically interested in Bronson's schoolteacher;
  • Pete TwistLinda's twin brother, into girls and who occasionally goes out with Fiona;
  • Linda TwistPete's twin sister, into feminism, environmentalism and judo;
  • Bronson Twist — the twins' younger brother, who is obsessed with food and has an invention he calls "Bronwiches"; a portmanteau of the words "Bronson" and "sandwich".

Other characters: Feminists redirects here. ... For the psychology topic, see Environmental psychology. ... This article is about the martial art and sport. ... This article is about blends. ...

  • Helen "Nell" Richards — the old woman who lives in a cottage next door, whose brother, Tom, had been the former lighthouse keeper;
  • Harold Gribble — a greedy real-estate agent, who often tries to force the Twists to move out of the lighthouse with business schemes;
  • Matron Gribble — his supportive wife, and a nurse;
  • James Gribble — his no-good son, a bully at school who often antagonises Pete;
  • 'Rabbit' — one of James Gribble's friends, often downtrodden;
  • 'Tiger' — the other of James Gribble's friends, often seen commentating various events in the first and second series.
  • Faye JamesBronson's schoolteacher; a love interest for Dad, she lives with the Twists in their lighthouse during the third and fourth series;
  • Ralph SnapperPete and Linda's teacher, a harsh man who doesn't respond well to insolence;
  • FionaLinda's friend, and Pete's sometime girlfriend.

Characters who appear briefly in each episode of a series:

  • Ghost Matthew and Ghost Jeremiah — two ghosts whose spirits were trapped in the lighthouse during series two after they failed to guide a boat to shore one hundred years earlier.
  • Ariel — a girl from the Isle of Dreams, who comes seeking to take Pete away in the fourth series.

Series

Four series of Round the Twist have been made, each comprising thirteen episodes. Although each episode has a self-contained plot, each series has a recurring theme, usually an object or character which appears in every episode, the glimpses of which gradually develop the theme until the final episode of the series in which it is explained and resolved.


Series 1 (1989)

The lighthouse is haunted by eerie music coming from upstairs. In the final episode, Lighthouse Blues, the music is revealed to be played by the ghosts of Nell's deceased family. The ghosts help the Twists to stop Mr. Gribble from destroying the lighthouse. Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


Series 2 (1992)

The lighthouse is again haunted, this time by ghosts visible to the viewers, but not to the characters until the final episode. The two ghosts are Matthew and Jeremiah, who fade into view once in each episode. They are being punished because as lighthouse keepers 100 years previously they failed to stop a ship bearing Matthew's love, Jane, from being wrecked on the rocks. In the final episode, "Seeing the Light", the ghost ship comes again, and this time, all of the characters from the show help to turn on the lighthouse light and save the family who were lost at sea, redeeming the ghosts. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


Another recurring theme in Series Two is Bronson's foul-smelling feet. In episode 7, Smelly Feat, he reveals that he has been 'saving the stink' to stop the Gribbles from killing an endangered turtle. In the end, he helps save the turtle.


Series 3 (1999)

In the second episode Linda is given a book of poetry, The Viking Book of Love by a young Viking who finds the lighthouse. In most of the episodes, a character falls in love with someone who reads poetry from the book to them. In the final episode, The Big Rock, the Vikings return and the book's effects are reversed, with terrible consequences. This article is about the year. ...


Series 4 (2000)

In each episode, a knight in armour, whose face is hidden behind their visor, enters the lighthouse through a magical door. In the final episode, The Isle of Dreams, the stranger is revealed to be a girl, Ariel, who has come to offer the children a perfect life on the Isle of Dreams, if Pete will become her husband. In the end, they decline, and Ariel disappears forever, along with the enchanted isle. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...


A subplot in this series is Faye's pregnancy to Tony. The baby, named Ariel, is born in the series finale.


Writers

The first two series were written by Paul Jennings, with heavy editing by director Esben Storm (who also played Mr. Snapper in series 1-3). Each of these episodes, with the exception of the second series' final episode Seeing the Light, were based on Jennings' short stories. A Round the Twist movie was planned, but due to creative differences, it was never made. After the second series Jennings left the show, taking the rights to his stories with him. Paul Jennings also made some cameo appearances, in particular as the ghost of Ben Byron in series 1's Without my Pants. Paul Jennings AM (born April 30, 1943) is a best-selling Australian childrens book writer. ...


The third and fourth series were written by various writers, and did not draw from Jennings' material. The latter series did not match the popular acclaim of the originals, and because of this, the show was cancelled.


Actors

Making a show about children which spanned more than a decade meant many changes in actors were required, as the child actors became too old for their parts. Therefore, three sets of children (the Twists, the Gribbles and Fiona) have been used. Also, two Tonys, two Nells, three Fays, two Mr. Gribbles, and three Matron Gribbles have been used:

Character Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4
Tony Twist Richard Moir Andrew S. Gilbert
Pete Twist Sam Vandenberg Ben Thomas Rian McLean
Linda Twist Tamsin West Joelene Crnogorac Ebonnie Masini
Bronson Twist Rodney McLennan Jeffrey Walker Mathew Waters
Fay James/Twist Robyn Gibbes Trudy Hellier Susanne Chapman
Nell Bunney Brooke Marion Heathfield
Harold Gribble Frankie J. Holden Mark Mitchell
Matron Gribble Judith McGrath Jan Friedl Christine Keogh
James Gribble Lachlan Jeffrey Richard E. Young Brook Sykes
Tiger Gleeson Cameron Nugent Nick Mitchell Tom Budge
Fiona Daisy Cameron Zeta Briggs Katie Barnes
Rabbit Stuart Atkin Drew Campbell Richard Marsland
Snapper Esben Storm Ernie Gray
Anthony Rueben Liversidge

Richard Moir is a Queensland-born Australian actor. ... Tamsin West (born March 7, 1974) is an Australian actress, best known for her role as Linda Twist in Round the Twist. ... Jeffrey Walker (born on July 10, 1982 in Melbourne) was an Australian child actor best known for his appearances in Ocean Girl and Round the Twist. ... Robyn Gibbes is an Australian actress, probably best known for her roles in Prisoner (as Sam Greenway) and Round The Twist (as Fay James). ... Trudy Hellier is an Australian actress with many TV credits to her name. ... L to R: Bunney Brooke as Flo, Dina Mann as Debbie, Sheila Kennelly as Norma, Frances Hargreaves as Marilyn, and Pat McDonald as Dorrie in the final episode of Number 96. ... Frankie J. Holden (born ??), most commonly known as Frank Holden, is an Australian entertainer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Judith McGrath is an Australian actress who currently plays the role of Von Ryan on TV medical drama, All Saints. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Richard Marsland is an Australian comedy writer, actor, comedian and radio personality. ... Esben Storm is now with Warner Bros in producing the upcoming Tomorrow-Movies. ...

See also

This is a list of Australian television series and television programs. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.australiantelevision.net/rtt/roundthetwist.html
  2. ^ Scatological: Series 1, episode 2 Birdso; series 2, episode 12 Little Black Balls; Urination: Series 2, ep.3 Little Squirt; Body odour: Series 2, ep.7 Smelly Feat; Underwear: (actual) Series 1, ep.8 Wonderpants; (referred to) series 2, ep.5 Nails; Birth: Series 1, ep.4 Cabbage Patch Fib; series 4, ep.13 Isle of Dreams; Death: Series 2, ep.4 Pink Bowtie, and implicitly most of the ghost stories; Nudity: Series 4, ep.3 Linda Godiva; References to genitalia: Series 3, ep.3 Whirling Derfish
  3. ^ Environmental: Series 2, episodes 3 Little Squirt, 6 Sloppy Jalopy, 7 Smelly Feat, 8 Grandad's Gifts, 10 Yuckles; Relationships: Series 1, episode 9 Lucky Lips; series 2, episodes 5 Nails, 9 Ice Maiden; series 3, episode 2 Viking Book of Love
  4. ^ Series 1, episodes 1, 2, 3, 10, 12, 13; series 2, episodes 8, 11, 13.
  5. ^ BBFC database entry

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