Ep 3 – Torchy The Battery Boy

It had to happen eventually… but did it have to be quite so soon? For reasons best left unexplained Katherine has chosen to watch Torchy The Battery Boy this week. Jack is left bewildered by the selection, considering that two other superior options were also on the table. The pair soldier on regardless with 15 minutes of disturbing viewing. Will Pom-Pom And The Toys push Katherine and Jack to the limit?

Often heralded as one of the creepiest puppet shows ever produced for television, Torchy The Battery Boy was AP Films’ second and final commission from the author Roberta Leigh. Torchy, the boy doll powered by a battery, was created by his master, Mr Bumbledrop, to relieve intense loneliness. Torchy proceeds to leave Mr Bumbledrop almost immediately and journeys in a rocket to Topsy Turvy Land to live with a number of other toys that have come to life. Although two series of Torchy were produced, only the first was directed by Gerry Anderson and was broadcast in 1960. Every episode of this vintage series is available for viewing, and sees Torchy and his friends sing terrifying songs, drown in cheese, and live through other nightmare-fuel scenarios…

Jack’s a massive Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999 etc.) fan, and Katherine isn’t. In order to bring about peace in the household, Katherine has agreed to watch the first episode of every Gerry Anderson series in existence.

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