September sees the twentieth anniversary of Wolves Witches & Giants. Still airing on the CITV channel, the show featured the voice of the legendary Spike Milligan.
The idea of adapting well known fairy tales that featured a baddie [a wolf, a witch, a giant] came to me when I was recording Spike Milligan in a musical setting of his masterful tale "Badjelly the Witch". He did the cackling witch so well on that recording [in the mid 70s] that I determined to do an LP of fairy tales with musical backing [in the style of Peter and the Wolf]. I knew a record executive [Dennis Knowles] who was keen to put it out ... he wanted a double LP, so I got to work adapting the fairy tales [mainly Grimm's fairy tales] and the LP came out and did reasonably well, with a bit of TV advertising, in the early eighties.
Fast forward to the early 90s when I met Simon and Sara Bor. We collaborated on a short animation on the Television Southwest hero and mascot Gus Honeybun. They came to my house for lunch and asked [as they were leaving] if I had any projects that might be good for animation. I gave them the Wolves double LP and that was that! ... We did a couple of minutes as a pilot – our choice was The Wolf and the Seven kids – and headed up to Inverness for that year's Cartoon Forum. There we played it to a roomful of TV execs and before you could say Loch Ness Monster we had been commissioned to do a series for ITV.
If you will forgive the pun, that project kept the wolf from our door for many years to come.......
Ed Welch [adapter and composer Wolves Witches and Giants]