Bertha

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Bertha was a very special machine located at the heart of Spottiswood Factory. She could make and produce anything you want, provided she was programmed correctly. Together with all her friends in the factory, Bertha has many adventures.

Bertha was produced by Woodland Animations, for the BBC and first shown in 1985.


Characters

  • Mr Sprott - Chief Designer of things for Bertha to make
  • Tracy - Mr. Sprott's design assistant (although she tends to be smarter than Mr Sprott!)
  • Mr Willmake - Manager of Spottiswood and Company
  • Miss McClackerty - Mr. Willmake's secretary
  • Mrs Tupp - The tea Lady
  • Ted Turner - Operator of Bertha
  • Roy Willing - Ted's apprentice (doesn't appear all that bright!)
  • T.O.M - Little Robot controlled and built by Tracy
  • Mr. Duncan - The Foreman
  • Panjid - In charge of the fork lift truck and dispatch
  • Nell - Packer and Stacker of products
  • Flo - Packer and Stacker of products

Cast & Credits

  • Roy Kinnear - Narration and Voices
  • Sheila Walker - Additional Voices

Written by: Eric Charles and Stephen Flewers
Directed by: Derek Mogford
Produced by: Ivor Wood

Theme Tune

Music by Brian Daly, sung by Guy Fletcher.

Lyrics

Bertha, lovely Bertha, you are a lovely machine

And anyone who works with you will know just what I mean.

Bertha, lovely Bertha, sometimes I thing you're a dream,

When we work out what you have to do,

You can always turn the goods out, always turn the goods out,

We can depend upon you.

Clicking in the day and flashing in the night,

Your computer is shining brightly,

Some people say you've a mind of your own,

And I think that's very likely, likely.

Bertha, lovely Bertha, sometimes I thing you're a dream,

When we work out what you have to do,

You can always turn the goods out, always turn the goods out,

We can depend upon you.

Episode list

In order of first broadcast:

  1. The Great Painting Job (1 April 1985)
  2. The Windmills (15 April 1985)
  3. A Mouse in the Works (22 April 1985)
  4. The Best Machine Competition (29 April 1985)
  5. TOM Gets Lost (13 May 1985)
  6. The Flying Bear (20 May 1985)
  7. The Tea Nurse (3 June 1985)
  8. More Speed, Less Work (5 November 1985)
  9. The Big Order (12 November 1985)
  10. The Burglars (19 November 1985)
  11. Bertha's Birthday Party (26 November 1985)
  12. The Big Sneeze (16 April 1986)
  13. TOM's New Friend (18 June 1986)

Merchandise

DVDs

Bertha (4 episodes)
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Woodland Animation Triple Pack
(Postman Pat/Bertha/Gran)
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