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    Victor & Hugo: Bunglers in Crime (also known as Victor & Hugo) is a British

    animated series made by Cosgrove Hall Productions for Thames Television and broadcast on Children's ITV from 6 September 1991 to 29 December 1992. Its eponymous characters were based on the villains Gaston and Pierre from the 1987-1989 series Count Duckula .[3]

    Victor & Hugo was Cosgrove Hall's second cel-animated production to be assisted by the Spanish animation studio Alfonso Productions, [4] as well as their last cel-animated project before the collapse of Thames Television (who lost the 1991 ITV regional franchise round to Carlton Television as a result of bidding too low a month after it premiered, and as such, none of its thirty episodes were ever seen more than once in the United Kingdom). However, it was later repeated on television in Germany as well as Cyprus, Gibraltar, Bosnia, Belize and the Falkland Islands on the military television network BFBS (and its former channel SSVC Television ).

    Unlike most other Thames Television-era Cosgrove Hall series, Victor & Hugo was never released on DVD (except for its first episode, "Panda-Monium", which was released as part of a Cosgrove Hall-based compilation disc called "Most Wanted Classic Kids' TV" by its former distributor, Fremantle International , on 14 April 2003, but as with their other Cosgrove Hall-based DVDs, this is now out of print). [5]

    It was also the last Cosgrove Hall show to feature the voices of Brian Trueman and David Jason , and featured guest appearances from many of the company's earlier characters, including Danger Mouse, Count Duckula, Soames and Potson, and even Damson Bunhandler (a pig newscaster from two episodes of Danger Mouse, who started three episodes with reports about the brothers' most recent crimes).


    As mentioned above, Victor and Hugo were based on the two five-time villains of Gaston and Pierre from

    Count Duckula ; while Gaston was a tall, thin black stork, and Pierre a stubby, short parakeet , both Victor and Hugo were humans, but they lived in a world populated by anthropomorphic animals (possibly to allow for guest appearances from other, non-human Cosgrove Hall characters). Many of the actions and phrases first used for Gaston and Pierre were reused for Victor and Hugo, such as Gaston shoving Pierre's beret in his mouth to keep him quiet, "Why is it that it is?", "Yes, but mainly no!", and "It is your fault, it is all your fault, it is always your fault!". [6]

    Additional characters (such as Interpol the parrot, Ernst Underfelt, Monsieur Meccaneaux and the Hobbes-Sutclyffe family) were created specifically for this show; the character of Wyatt Eartle in the fourth episode "Cowboys and Indiscipline" is also a parody of Wyatt Earp (and a reference to the fact that he is a turtle) while the character of Achilles Marrot in the thirteenth episode "Blunder on the Orient Express" is a parody of Hercule Poirot (the episode's name is also a spoof of

    Murder on the Orient Express ).


    The series centred on the exploits of two bumbling French criminal brothers, who were the eponymous Victor and Hugo; despite referencing the French author Victor Hugo in their names, both brothers were not particularly intelligent (but Victor was the more intelligent). The plot of every episode focused on Victor, Hugo, Interpol (their parrot), and their English-based business "Naughtiness International" getting hired by criminal figures to steal something - and Victor would come up with a "meticulous plan" to achieve this goal, which was routinely botched by Hugo. Most episodes usually ended with the brothers imprisoned (but others, including the first and last, did not).

    Main characters


    The taller of the brothers, Victor was also clearly the leader for Naughtiness International; his two most striking characteristics were his fedora hat and his manicured moustache (the latter enabling him to appear suave, and also making him resemble a spiv). He also wore a pair of white gloves, which had been given to him for his birthday by Interpol (as referenced in the tenth episode "Scout's Dishonour", which was also the fourth episode he was seen without them) - and his English was significantly better than Hugo's, although he was continuously at risk of making spoonerisms . Despite his constant raging at Hugo, Victor did show on multiple occasions that he secretly cared deeply about his brother (like in the ninth episode, "Dummy Run", in which he was worried that Hugo had been frozen to death when he opened his suitcase and found Gary Gaingridge's dummy, Gaston, inside); he was voiced by Jimmy Hibbert.


    Victor's younger brother, Hugo always wore a beret and actually looked like a

    burglar , right down to his ever-present eye-mask; he was always subservient to "My Victor" and was often the butt of

    slapstick comedy (he also had a pet earwig named Penelope who he kept in a matchbox but Interpol did not like her and she felt the same way about him). While his intelligence (and English skills) were notably inferior to those of Victor, Hugo was often able to make sense of his brother's spoonerisms - and he would often describe their chosen profession as "criminiminals". Despite the notable handicap of a lack of ability, he also always had the job of driving the van; Hugo's voice, like that of Pierre from Count Duckula , bore a striking resemblance to that used by

    Peter Sellers for the Goon Show character Bluebottle, and the two characters often made similar exclamations. He was voiced by David Jason .

    Interpol the Parrot

    A cynical East End Multicolour (which is a very rare breed of parrot), Interpol lived in Victor and Hugo's van, and provided a voice of reason in rapid-fire

    Cockney English; it is not saying very much to comment that Interpol was by far the most intelligent member of the group. Aside from residing in the van constantly, Interpol was also able to function as a telephone - he would ring when sat on his perch, and his beak was put to the person's ear. Victor also used him to dial out by pressing his talons like a keypad; in one episode, Hugo used him as a makeshift pair of scissors. He was also voiced by David Jason, but had no dialogue for the episode "Treasure Haunt".

    The Wretched Dog

    A small dog played a very important role in most episodes; at various points, often when the plot appeared to be flagging, the dog would run up one of Victor's trouser legs, remove his boxer shorts and run off with them down his other leg. This running gag also appeared at the end of most episodes (prefaced by the statement by a glum Victor that "At least in here, nothing else can possibly go wrong!") - and Hugo particularly enjoyed the dog's appearances, often muttering "good doggie!". In production material from the now-demolished Cosgrove Hall studio, the dog's name is given as Baskerville (as in the Sherlock Holmes tale The Hound of the Baskervilles), although, he was never referred to as such on screen; one episode that he is known never to appear in is the eighth one, "The Case of the Vose Vase", but he also does not appear in the eleventh episode, "Escort Red-Handed" (which was the first to feature Hawkeye Soames and Dr. Potson).

    Monsieur Meccaneaux

    Despite his French name, M. Meccaneaux was a working-class accented English rat who was frequently called by the brothers to repair the van (generally after Hugo's bad driving had caused an accident), and on occasion, to provide other forms of technical expertise such as the construction of the Concrete Destruction Ray (known by Victor as the "Discreet Correction Ray"); he was also voiced by David Jason.


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    Much of the humour for the series derived from catchphrases (some of which were previously used by Gaston and Pierre); among these were:

    "That is what I said." - Victor, on being corrected (by anyone); this was created specifically for the show and was not used by Gaston.

    "Nothing else can possibly go wrong." - Victor (normally), the cue for the Wretched Dog to remove his boxer shorts at an episode's end.

    "Gordon Bennett, Where's me tablets?" - Interpol expressing surprise and consternation; it was again created specifically for the show.

    "That's what I think, anyway." - Hugo's summation of the situation; this was also used at the end of the starting and finishing themes.

    "Yes, and no, but mainly, no." - Hugo, answering Victor's question; this had previously been pioneered by Pierre for Count Duckula .

    "Help, the police! No, help!!!" - Hugo's panic attacks on hearing the word "police"; they were the only thing that he was terrified of.

    "We are famous international criminals." - Hugo inadvertently revealing his identity (Victor would often say that he was just kidding).

    "It is your fault, it is all your fault, it is

    always your fault!" - Victor getting angry at Hugo and blamming him for their failues, usually when they got arrested.

    Episode list

    Series 1 (1991)

    All thirteen of the first series' episodes were screened on ITV as part of the Children's ITV strand on Fridays at 4:05pm; however, on 4 and 11 October 1991, the Children's ITV strand started at the later time of 4:35pm as a result of ITV's rugby coverage on those two days and Anglia Television 's

    Knightmare , which was into its fifth series by this time, was the first programme of the day, so the fifth episode "Hyp-Not-Isn't" was not seen until 18 October.[7]



    No. in

    series Title Storybo by

    1 1 "Panda-Monium"

    Jaime Studi

    The brothers have been hired by Mr. X steal the rare African tree panda from Regent's Park Zoo, but they first steal toy panda from Bumbley's (a pun on

    Hamley's ) toy store and rip its stuffing so Hugo can get into the skin and take the place of the real panda.

    2 2 "Spacial Event"

    José M Zum Ricar Machu Maria Rued

    The brothers are initially hired by Ernst Underfelt (a cat ) to steal the Space Shuttle from Cape Canaveral, but when Underfelt's secretary later calls them o Interpol and tells them to abandon the theft, they do not receive the message, so accidentally get blasted into space crash-land on the Planet Dribulon, who inhabitants almost get them to sell the Shuttle for soap bars and bath crystals.

    3 3 "Water Boobies" Keith Sc

    After watching a news report from Ale McBackpack about a pirate galleon tha sank near the Isle of Lucy off the Azor in 1486, the brothers travel there for themselves with an inflatable boat na "The Tub"; after adding a compressed capsule to it to increase it to full size, Victor initially goes diving for the sunk treasure in a scuba diving suit but does not succeed, so Hugo tries it instead i deep-sea diving one (but when Victor becomes tired while operating the air pump, he accidentally turns its handle other way and ends up shrinking Hugo) However, after Hugo is returned to his original size, both brothers initially app to have found the treasure after Hugo' suit gets burst by a seagull - but it is th revealed that they actually landed in a giant claw machine. Edward Kelsey is also credited at the end of this episod but he did not actually appear, in direct contrast to "French Exchange" the following year.

    4 4

    "Cowboys and Indiscipline"

    Jaime Studi

    After a failed hold-up at a drive-in mo theatre, the brothers hitch a train ride t

    Tombstone, Arizona (by driving on the railway tracks), where they drive local bandit Black Jake mad with animal impressions and make a new "friend" i the form of the town's Marshal, Wyatt Eartle; however, after Eartle catches H trying to smash down the door of the Fasbucz Bank with a hammer, he thro him in jail, so Victor hires a horse to br him out. They then try to blow up the bank's safe with dynamite they bought from the general store, but do not noti that it is about to explode until it is too late, so they get blown through its roof and both of them end up back in jail.

    5 5 "Hyp-Not-Isn't"

    Jaime Studi

    After checking a book on hypnotism o of a library without a library card, Victo tries to hypnotise Hugo into being a be criminal, but it does not go to plan wh he sneezes while hypnotising him, and becomes the cue to set him off; after failing to break into the Bank of Englan he consults the book for a cure and hit Hugo over the head with Interpol, but t effects are transferred to Interpol.

    6 6 "Automanic Transmission"

    Jaime Studi

    The brothers are hired by Mr. Stootly (a

    tiger) to steal a voice-activated futurist car called the "Buillac S230" (whose na is a merger of Buick and Cadillac ); afte masquerading as roofers to get into th Buillac factory, they tell the S230 to dri to the Stootly Corp. one and get pursue there by the Arizona police, but do not it to stop quickly enough, so it crashes into the side of the factory. When Mr. Stootly comes out to investigate the damage, he denies all connection with the brothers, so they are sent to jail.

    7 7

    "The Hole Truth and Nothing But the Truth"


    The brothers attend the Hampstead Aesthetics and Art Appreciation Association's fancy-dress ball in the costumes of convicts, where they go down to the cellar and drill through its wall (intending to tunnel into the Natio Bank of Ruritania next door); however, they make a wrong turning, and end up tunnelling into the cell of Strangler (a melancholy ape ) in the Hampstead Pri instead. They then make several attem to escape from the prison, but none of them succeed until M. Meccaneaux brings them an escape cake and they construct a bicycle from the parts in it however, when the earth gives way beneath their machine and they crash through the roof of an Underground tra the ticket collector at the next station does not believe their story even thoug is true, so they are returned to the pris

    8 8

    "The Case of the Vose Vase"


    The brothers have been hired by Sir Anthony to masquerade as a butler an maid (Hugo going under the name "Hugette") to steal the Vose Vase from Hobbes-Sutclyffe Hall; Lord Hobbes-Sutclyffe, his nephew Piers Flimsy and friend Bowler (a lion ) also take a liking Hugo in his "Hugette" get-up, but after disastrous dinner, Bowler discovers he really "Hugo", so both brothers are cha away from the Hall by Lord Hobbes-Sutclyffe with his elephant gun. This is also the first of two episodes which do not feature the Wretched Dog.

    9 9 "Dummy Run" Jaime Studi

    After breaking into a police station and stealing all its handcuffs, the brothers make a quick escape to the Island of Formaggio, where Victor's suitcase is mistakenly claimed by a crooked ventriloquist named Gary Gaingridge, a Victor thinks his brother has been froz to death when he opens his suitcase a finds Gaingridge's dummy, Gaston, insi however, Gaingridge is trying to take Hugo's head off because of the diamo that are hidden in the dummy, and whe hotel cleaner Miss Ricotta witnesses hi doing this, she tells the local police officer, Inspector Mozzarella (who eventually arrests Gaingridge and his accomplice for attempted murder and diamond smuggling).

    10 10 "Scout's Dishonour" TBA

    After a long pursuit by the police for driving on the wrong side of the road ( eventually getting stopped by the hook a crane on a construction site), the brothers join the Third East Crummelto Scout Group in order to gain free acce to Ackroyd Towers (a house they have been hired by Mr. E to steal from); afte several initiation tests, Sir Percival Ackroyd warns the scoutmaster that th police told him to be on the lookout fo the brothers and the scoutmaster reve that he inadvertently recruited them int the scout group, so when they are discovered masquerading as a tree tha the Ackroyds' three guard dogs had be barking at, they are chased away from house.

    11 11 "Escort Red-Handed"

    José M Zum Ricar Machu Maria Rued

    After the brothers fail to blow the safe the Bank Cupidité (and escape through Miss Co-Co next door), Hugo poses as waitress (going under the name "Fifi") a shortsighted American millionaire named Ulysses P. Broomhandle asks h to marry him; when Hugo learns that Broomhandle's latest invention is a pat earwig trap, he refuses to marry him a is propelled out of his car after he brak getting amnesia when he crash-lands his head (leading him to believe he rea is "Fifi"), and later becoming a downst maid to the three-time Count Duckula antagonists Hawkeye Soames and Doc Potson (in this show, Soames is voice Brian Trueman as Jack May did not ret to reprise his older roles, and both he Potson are differently coloured to how they originally appeared in the Eighties This is also the second of the two episodes which does not feature the Wretched Dog at all, the other being "T Case of the Vose Vase".

    12 12 "Private Ears" Vince Ja

    The Countess of Gazania and her butle Mildew hire the brothers to plant "listening devices" at the Gazanian Embassy; however, what they do not know is that the Gazanian Ambassador in fact the Countess's husband (and sh put him on a diet three weeks ago). Aft several failed attempts to infiltrate the Embassy, Victor sends for M. Meccaneaux, who suggests that he put Hugo in a box labelled "Do Not Open U Tomorrow" and deliver it to the Embas and when Victor later returns to the Countess with his listening device and Hugo retells everything he heard while the box in the Ambassador's office, sh learns that her husband has secretly be scoffing chocky biscuits.

    13 13

    "Blunder on the Orient Express"

    José M Zum Ricar Machu Maria Rued

    The brothers retell how they ended up marooned in a Venetian punt through t attempt to stow away on, and hold up, the Orient Express (during which the wknown amateur detective, Achilles Marrot, accused them of a jewel robbe that they did not commit) in flashback.

    Series 2 (1992)

    The first fifteen episodes of the second series were, for a second time, screened on ITV on Fridays as part of the Children's ITV strand at 4:05pm; however, the sixteenth and penultimate one was screened six days after the fifteenth one on Christmas Eve 1992 (which was Thames Television's penultimate Thursday), and the seventeenth and final one was screened five days later on Thames' final ever Tuesday.



    No. in

    series Title Storyboard by

    14 1 "Acting the Goat"

    Vince Jame Stephen Simpson

    The brothers are hired by the actor Clin Crag to steal a ring from his fiancée, th famous actress Wanda Nicetime, who starring in a play named "Grande Hotel the Dreary Lane (a pun on Drury Lane ) Theatre; after they infiltrate the theatre stowing away inside a laundry hamper (but they had initially intended to infiltr the real Grande Hotel, where Nicetime was staying, in this manner), they end becoming part of the play themselves replacement can-can dancers and liter bring the house down, so they are sent jail.

    15 2 "Artful Dodgers"

    Jaime Dia Studios

    The brothers pose as art dealers to the very, very wealthy and are hired by P. Ellsworth Belmont to steal a painting b Belvedere Beaton from New York's Museum of Modern Art (while being tai by Tom Trowel, a pig); after Hugo stuff the painting under his sweatshirt, both brothers pass themselves off as Spani bullfighters to Trowel, but Hugo is too to fit through the exit so they try to car it out of the window (however, they are the seventeenth floor, so they cannot). After they are discovered, they flee the Museum, but run into local police offic Captain Codeine and Louis (whose pat car they had disabled earlier on in the episode) so are sent to jail.

    16 3

    "Is There a Doctor in the House?"


    After crashing through the front of an antiques store, the brothers disguise themselves as doctors in order to steal top-secret growth formula (which was discovered by Dr. Peveril Peak, and Professor Y has hired them to steal it) from Saint Spooner's Hospital; after th get high on laughing gas , they try to pi the already-unlocked lock of Dr. Peak' laboratory, and when Dr. Peak himself shows up to lock it, he gives his formu to Hugo to hold. Both brothers then m a run for it, but they run into a pair of police officers who had showed up at t antiques store earlier (the formula also smashes over Hugo), so they are sent jail, where Hugo grows to a huge size.

    17 4 "Woof and Tumble" TBA

    Mr. Big (a mouse in an inflatable suit) his accomplice Lenny hire the brothers take care of Mr. Big's dog, Caesar, whi they go on holiday; however, things tak turn for the worse after Caesar falls in love with a cow, and ends up being kidnapped by Harry and Nuzzles of "GrA-Dog International". But when the brothers cough up the ransom (which i complete set of Gooey Muncho Bars'

    Famous Criminals of the World labels), turns out that Caesar does not want to leave, as he has befriended another do and is playing cards in Grab-A-Dog's ba room with him, so they decide to coug up with another ransom for the other d (which is a complete set of Yuk-Yuk Lollipops' Yugoslavian Parking Meters o the 1950s wrappers that Hugo had bee wanting to swap for an "I ♥ Earwigs" bumper sticker), and when the other d shows himself, it turns out to be the Wretched Dog, who runs up Victor's trouser leg and steals his boxer shorts.

    18 5 "Treasure Haunt" TBA

    The brothers sell Hobbes-Sutclyffe Hall "a big lady who has her arm in a sling" (Nanny from Count Duckula , who reappeared in this episode with Duckul himself and Igor) for a map that shows them where they can find the hidden treasure of Sir Pelham Hobbes-Sutclyff they initially intend to masquerade as DWP men to effect access to the Hall, but the Hobbes-Sutclyffes' butler Ponsford takes them to be musicians instead (however, they are exposed as frauds when the real musicians show u and thrown out of the Hall). Victor then has the idea that they disguise themselves as ghosts to frighten the Hobbes-Sutclyffes away - however, bot Duckula and Nanny (who are trying to g their map back) and Lord Hobbes-Sutclyffe and Piers Flimsy have the sa idea to frighten the other two pairs aw and they are all eventually frightened away by the Hall's real ghosts, Angus a Jeremy, when Lord Hobbes-Sutclyffe blasts a hole in its ceiling with his elephant gun. In this episode, Igor had dialogue, but it was explained away by Nanny telling Duckula he was fed up of his adventures.

    19 6 "Tempers Fugit" TBA

    The horologist Maximilian J. Millenniu and his butler Watt hire the brothers to masquerade as security men (from "Swagard") and steal a very special clo which can transport people through ti for him; however, when they return to h mansion, they accidentally break it (an when trying to repair it, press its button transporting them to the times of Robi Hood, Queen Boadicea , and the fiction aristocrat Sir Percy de Coverlet, before returning to the present). When Millennium comes out to investigate th commotion, Victor tells Hugo to give h the clock - but he ends up pressing its button himself and disappears. Edward Kelsey again guest-stars in this episod

    20 7 "French Exchange" Vince Jame

    The brothers are hired by Baron Silas Greenback to steal Danger Mouse's M III car; both Ernest Penfold and Stiletto Mafioso have gone to stay with their Aunties in America, so Hugo takes the place of Penfold's temporary replacem Henri Blancmange, and Victor takes th place of Stiletto. When Colonel K infor Danger Mouse that Greenback is up to something, both Danger Mouse and Hu set out in the Mark III, but it breaks do so Hugo sends for M. Meccaneaux to repair it - and after Victor starts flying t Frog's Head Flyer to the Mark III, Hugo starts flying the Mark III to the Frog's Head Flyer once it has been repaired, b both vehicles end up flying into each ot and falling to the ground. Edward Kels also once again guest-stars in this episode, but he was not actually credit at the end of it.

    21 8

    "The Poultry-Geist"

    José Solis

    After getting thrown out of the film "Spookzappers 3" at the Roxy Cinema, brothers get the idea to pretend that th biggest house in their neighbourhood is haunted, so its residents will leave for night and allow them to steal all the valuables from it; the biggest house in their neighbourhood also happens to b Castle Duckula, which is now owned b Wanda Nicetime lookalike. When Victo manages to convince her that her newlbought house is haunted and she leave for the night, the brothers start searchi for its valuables, but hear strange rumblings and wailings coming from th marquee in the garden - and when they see it moving by itself, they think the castle really is haunted and retreat to i topmost turret (but the "ghost" turns o to be Nanny, who stayed at the castle after it was sold).

    22 9 "Jester Moment" TBA

    The Lord High Chancellor of Vulgaria (which is a pun on Bulgaria ) hires the brothers to steal the country's crown jewels from Prince Coleslaw; after Prin Coleslaw hires them as his new jesters his old jester tries to assassinate them dropping a chandelier on them but doe not succeed, so tries to fire a cannon them (however, it gets turned around when he ignites it, so he gets blown through the palace to the jewel room a thwarts their plans, after which he becomes the new Lord High Chancello and they are sent to the dungeon).

    23 10 "Stone Me!" TBA

    The Countess Amnesia of Megalomani and her butler Kelp hire the brothers to steal the world's most famous diamon Belshazzar's Bunion, from the British Museum for the insurance money; afte they have a fake of it made by forger O Lagge and swap it with what they belie is the real one at the British Museum, reveals that she kept the real one all th time, because she knew they would try steal it.

    24 11

    "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Dolt"


    After crashing through the roof of the WPB News building (and picking up the reporter of the opening crime, Alistair Fishmark, when they flee it), the brothe manage to get hold of some top-secre plans for the "Concrete Destruction Ra and masquerade as "Captain Victor" an "General Hugo" to acquire the parts, th get M. Meccaneaux to build it for them after testing it on a pair of lampposts, they plan to use it to destroy the wall o bank, but their plans are thwarted by a herd of stampeding elephants who had escaped from a pet store earlier on in t episode, and they are then arrested by Army for impersonating high-ranking officers and sent to a military prison.

    25 12 "Pie in the Sky" TBA

    After being wrongly accused of stealin secret weapon from a secret laborator the brothers are, after unknowingly end up with the secret weapon themselves, beamed up to the spaceship Titanic by group of aliens who, after Victor gives them their briefcase, take him to meet their leader (a toe ); however, they ange them by speaking their leader's name a are transformed into a painting, then h the secret weapon (which is a custard ray developed by the Zosmians) used against them. When the Zosmians themselves show up, a war of custard pie-flinging ensues - and when the brothers are transformed back into humans and make good their escape, they drive their van out of the spaceshi and crash-land back on Earth, where th Wretched Dog runs up Hugo's trouser l (in the van) for the only time.

    26 13 "Unstable Fable" TBA

    The brothers are hired by the penniless aristocrat Lady Grady to steal the worl most famous racehorse, Whizzbangfleetfoot III, so she can win Sirloin Stakes, and pay off her staff wit the £3500000 prize money; they then make several attempts to infiltrate the Mabel Gable Stables, but do not succe until they disguise themselves as a second horse (going under the name "Bloomin' Old Nag"), and end up beatin Whizzbangfleetfoot III in a race. Horse thieves Butch and Slasher witness the doing this and tell Lady Grady, who cal off the theft of Whizzbangfleetfoot III a tells them to steal her the "other horse instead, but they do not succeed - and the brothers end up becoming part of t Sirloin Stakes themselves and win it aft being stung by a bee (however, all they get is a large mouthful of hay).

    27 14

    "The Hound of the Hobbes-Sutclyffes"


    After a failed hold-up at Harry's Café, t brothers overhear Ponsford (the HobbeSutclyffes' butler) saying that Lady Hobbes-Sutclyffe thinks she is being haunted by a demon hound, and her husband has agreed to let Hawkeye Soames and Dr. Potson investigate; th then get the idea to masquerade as Soames and Potson in an attempt to r Hobbes-Sutclyffe Hall, but when the re Soames and Potson show up, the Hobbes-Sutclyffes cannot tell which Soames is the real one, so Victor says whichever one finds the "Hound of the Hobbes-Sutclyffes" must be the real Soames. Although the brothers inadvertently find the Hound after opening the already-unlocked safe in t Hall's library, it turns out to be the Wretched Dog - and when the dynamit they had glued to the safe to blow it explodes, it blasts them out of the Hall

    28 15 "Yule Be Sorry" TBA

    After having their takings for the "Soci of Not Very Good Crooks" charity stole by a pair of old women who had just donated to them, the brothers travel to New York City and rent a Santa Claus costume (Victor wearing the top half a standing on top of Hugo wearing the bottom half) to steal everyone's presen after causing a cab driver to crash twic (and Victor getting his beard trapped in window), police officer O'Dare informs them that they are five months early, s they steal a voice-activated jet to pour fake snow over the city. When they craland at the North Pole, they meet the r Santa, who hands them a card saying t he is not really Santa - and when he unzips his suit, he turns out to be a pol bear. However, he hands them another card saying that he is not really a polar bear; when he unzips his suit, he turns to be none other than the Wretched Do who then runs up Victor's trouser leg a steals his boxer shorts.

    29 16

    "But Me No Butlers"


    After cutting the guy ropes on their sto hot-air balloon (with Interpol), crash-landing on a police car and getting thei van carried away by an airplane, the brothers again pose as a butler and ma (Hugo again going under the name "Hugette") for Ernst Underfelt; after Hu breaks the dishwasher, Victor sends fo M. Meccaneaux to fix it (and Underfelt' car). Underfelt then orders Hugo to loo after his mouse, Damien, while he is attending an Assassins Anonymous meeting, but he accidentally puts him i the dishwasher (which M. Meccaneaux used car parts to repair, so it starts chasing him around the kitchen) - and when Underfelt returns from his meetin coloured white as a result of dishwash parts being used to repair his car, he sends both brothers to the Grand Cany Brian Trueman also does not star in thi episode, and it is the only one that doe not start with a radio or television repo about the brothers' most recent crimin act.

    30 17 "Do-In Yourself" TBA

    In a final attempt to pull off a great cri the brothers order the Guide to Being a Master Criminal after reading an advertisement for it in the Behemoth newspaper; they then read in that sam newspaper that Hawkeye Soames and Potson have been brought in to guard t jewel room at Osprey (which is a pun o

    Asprey) Jewellers during the exhibition the Mardi Ruby, so make several atte to steal it, but do not succeed until the build an "Easy-Assembly Vacuum-Grab Crane" and use it to lift up the glass ca around the diamond. However, Victor i caught by Soames and Potson (who initially suspected him of being a wind cleaner) - and when Hugo comes downstairs, both brothers realise that t button of the vacuum-grabber crane upstairs is no longer being held, so the case drops back down on them.

    Tie-in book series

    Apart from Thames Video's VHS release of the first, fifth and sixth episodes (which is now almost impossible to find), this show spawned a series of six tie-in books by Jimmy Hibbert , Robin Kingsland and Rod Green, published by HarperCollins Publishers and Boxtree; they featured Cosgrove Hall's short-lived triangular logo on their front covers (which was a reference to Thames Television's final one, introduced in 1990), and entitled "Fu Man's Choo Choo", "The Big Nap", "Out to Lunch", "The Great Golden Turnip Caper", "The Great Train Robbery", and "Where Beagles Dare". The two HarperCollins-published hardback books by Hibbert were also released as audio cassettes, read by Hibbert himself as narrator and Victor - but Peter Sallis filled in for David Jason as Hugo and Interpol on these cassettes.


    1. ^ "Victor & Hugo: Bunglers in Crime" French Exchange (TV Episode 1992) - IMDb

    2. ^ FremantleMedia Moves Out Of Kids' Content, Sells Unit To Canada's Boat Rocker - Deadline

    3. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays — Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 350.

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    4. ^ Alfonso Productions - IMDbPro

    5. ^ "Most Wanted Classic Kids' TV" - DVDfever.co.uk

    6. ^ Cosgrove Hall Ate

    My Brain - Victor and Hugo Archived 13 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine

    7. ^ Knightmare - Series 5

    8. ^ Victor and Hugo: Bunglers in Crime - The Crew of the Barque Lone Star

    External links

    Victor & Hugo: Bunglers in Crime on


    Cosgrove Hall Ate My Brain's fan page featuring production information

    Victor & Hugo: Bunglers in Crime at Toonhound

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