Jigsaw fan page

See the Mr Noseybonk video here


Jigsaw was a Children's BBC programme shown between 1979 and 1984. It was usually shown on a Thursday afternoon between 4.25pm and 4.55pm. This page collates information from other websites so that it's all in one place.

If there are any inaccuracies or further information, then please contact me. I hope that this page will jog some memories!


The programme was presented by Adrian Hedley and Janet Ellis (later Julia Binsted). Howard Stableford (later in Tomorrow's World) joined for the final series, taking over as the voice of Jigg and Biggum, and also as Gregory Growlong the gardener!

Each letter would be identified via a sketch of some variety. At the end of the programme, Mr Noseybonk (a man wearing a mask with a very, very long nose) would run around a park or some such location looking at different objects - the first letters of these prominent objects being the answer to the write-in competition.

The aim was come up with a full six-letter word - the jigword - taking a clue from each sketch.

The animated character Jig would reveal the competition word from the previous episode and introduce other games and puzzles.

This was sometimes done in the later programmes by the character Dot played by Julia Binsted. Jig appeared at the top left hand side of the screen but Dot appeared on the right hand side of the screen, like the BBC Cue Dot.

Hedley wore dungarees and a top hat. He was an accomplished mime artist of the glass ceiling variety...
Hedley (who did speak!) was the main man throughout. I can't really remember what Ellis did, but I don't think sticky backed plastic was required.

Other characters included the O-Men (Sylvester McCoy and David Rappaport), Biggum the giant (all you ever saw of him was his sandal) and Pterry the pterodactyl.

Another character that appeared was Cid Sleuth (David Cleveland). He was basically The Prof (from 'Vision On') dressed up like Sherlock Holmes. He appeared in the earlier series of Jigsaw, with each short film giving a clue to a letter or the whole jigword. David Wyatt also appeared in these as a thief whom Cid was always trying to catch.


The programme was devised by Clive Doig whose quizzical shows delighted BBC bosses for 20 years. Jigsaw was a programme for swots designed to increase their attention span and short term memory. Mr Noseybonk seems to have been thrown in to give people nightmares.


Season One

Transmitted July/August 1979, six programmes with Janet Ellis, Adrian Hedley and John Leeson.

Season Two

Transmitted May/June 1980, six editions starring Ellis, Hedley, Chris Emmett, Wilf Lunn, Sylvester McCoy and David Rappaport.

Season Three

Transmitted Sept - Dec 1981, 13 editions starring Ellis, Hedley, Lunn, McCoy, Rappaport & Tommy Boyd.

Season Four

Transmitted Jan - Feb 1983, 7 editions starring Ellis, Hedley, Lunn, Paul Clayton and Julia Binsted.

Season Five

Transmitted Jan - Feb 1984, 6 editions starring Hedley, Binsted, Lunn and Paul Shearer.

Season Six

Transmitted April - June 1984, 11 editions starring Hedley, Binsted, Lunn and Howard Stableford.

The search for Mr Noseybonk

Mr Noseybonk was Adrian Hedley in a white bleached head. He has not been seen on our screens for over 15 years. It is incredibly difficult to find him on video tape, when a complete episode was found it was one of the rare episodes that did not feature him. Until now...

Noseybonk was scary. Contrary to popular belief he was not featured in any of Tony Hart's programmes. As far as we know he was only ever featured in Jigsaw.

Mr Noseybonk

Dave May says:

Look what I found!!!!!
At long last - a proper picture of him!

Picture added: 10/7/2002.
Is this the first picture of Noseybonk on the web?

This picture was from the BBC Online Shockwave Flash card game Top Trumps.

For a MUCH LARGER version click here.
It looks as if he has been building sand castles!

More evidence

Dave May says:

"Here is the scan - as much of it as I could get on. It's from a paperback book and I couldn't open the book out any more on the scanner without damaging the spine, so there's the edge of the picture missing I'm afraid".

This is an incredible and much appreciated picture from one of the Jigsaw puzzle books - thanks Dave!

Who would own a green house like this? Yes, it's him again!

This picture is from Paul Taylor who had part of an episode on video tape.

Keep your eyes peeled for more Noseybonk footage!

Not Noseybonk

This picture is from It's Prof Again

The "Prof" (BBC 'Vision On') aka David Cleveland appeared in Jigsaw as Cid Sleuth. He wasn't an Equity member so he couldn't be seen in the studio, only in the film inserts that the BBC had purchased.

The Prof also ran around at double speed in a white lab coat in a black and white clip but he didn't have a fake head, just a sinister looking face. Could this have been a primitive version of Noseybonk?

"No time for the old in-out love. I've just come to read the meter", Alex in A Clockwork Orange.

A Noseybonk Simulation by the Head Case Ladz.

Where are they now?

Adrian Hedley

This picture is from http://www.sincuser.f9.co.uk/022/news.htm

The programme was called Magic Micro Mission and was hosted by Adrian Hedley and Jo Wheeler. Hedley played the captain of the show and lead the cast and guests on a journey in a spaceship through the world of computers.

Adrian is now a producer for CITV.
See Teddy Bears.

Janet Ellis

Brilliant in Blue Peter! I remember her having an asthma attack during the Blue Peter expedition to Australia when she was climbing Ayer's Rock. We had to watch every episode of that because we did a class project on Australia in primary 7.

I don't know what she has done since. Her roles seem to be taken by the similarly shaped Phillipa Forrester these days.

Sophie Ellis Bextor is Janet's daughter.

The O-Men

Sylvester McCoy

Was the Doctor for a while. Now occasionally seen in dictionary corner on Countdown. Also on See It, Saw It.

David Rappaport

On American television, Rappaport may best be remembered for starring in the season-long adventure series The Wizard (1986-1987) and for a recurring role on L.A. Law. Rappaport died of possibly self-inflicted gunshot wounds on May 2, 1990.
Status: Worm food.

Things to look out for

Liable to turn up on EBay, in second-hand book shops or in car boot sales - it's the Jigsaw Annual!

Featuring Mr Noseybonk in cartoon form presumably.

Jigsaw Puzzle book

Jigsaw signed photograph

Jigsaw Clips


1. Jigsaw Introduction. BBC Streaming Server.
2. Jigsaw Introduction. Saved Stream.
3. Noseybonk pottering around. Added (16/11/2002).


1. "Jigsaw (Start)" by Martin Cook & Richard Denton.
2. "Jigsaw (End)" by Martin Cook & Richard Denton.
3. "Jigsaw (Start) Theme 2" by Martin Cook.
4. "Jigsaw (End) Theme 2" by Martin Cook.
5. "A Hippo Called Hubert" (Noseybonk's Tune) by Joe Griffiths.
6. "Children's Carnival" by Ted Atking & Alain Freanch. Updated (13/8/2005).

Children's Carnival is the old Story Teller advert tune, but we can vaguely remember it being used as the music accompanying a clue sketch in Jigsaw. This was confirmed by Kevin Fardell on the 3rd of January 2003: "The fifth letter is the initial letter of the last circus act". Thanks Kevin!
Full version of Children's Carnival found by Mark McMillan on Electronic Toys August 2005.

RealPlayer 8 is required to play these clips.

For video clip 1 just click the link once and Real Player will stream the clip.
For the other clips just hover over the Real Player 8 icon, press the right mouse button and "Save Target As...". The clip will download in a few minutes and can be played from the hard disk.


Many thanks to the following people, without whom this page would not have been possible.

Wilf Lunn

TV Cream
It's Prof Again
Head Case Ladz
Sinclair User Archives
Jigsaw Information Page
See It, Saw It

I Love The 1980s
Cult Telly
Paul Ewin

Ask The Family
The TV Lounge
Watched It!

rec.arts.tv.uk.misc newsgroup

Also, thanks to Mark McMillan, Dave May, Paul Taylor and Kevin Fardell.

All copyright is acknowledged. If you use images or clips from this web page then please include a link back here!

Noseybonk Again

In 2008 a splendid website was created by someone who has made their own Noseybonk mask. They've also made a few short films.
Noseybonk Again

Jigsaw and Noseybonk were mentioned in Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe (BBC 4, Series 4, Episode 5, Original transmission date: 16/12/2008) in an episode about Children's Television. The Noseybonk Again character made a short cameo in this programme and it included some real Jigsaw and Noseybonk footage from the BBC Archive.

Jigsaw Fan Page Mentions

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Cook'd and Bomb'd (Search for Noseybonk)

Final word


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