Wombles DVDs – 1990s TV series

A brand new Wombles series came to ITV in March 1998, with a new look, additional characters and different voices. Each episode lasts ten minutes, twice the length of the 1970s episodes. Over the next few years there were four series of 13 episodes.

In the UK, episodes from the modern series have only been released on video. But the DVDs below are available in France and Australia.

The Wombles

The WomblesReleased: 21 June 2002
Publisher: DVDY Films / Carrere Group
Catalogue number: EDV 1284
Running time: 52 minutes (plus two unlisted episodes)
Region: 2 (PAL)
Language: French

“Les Wombles sont d’attachantes petites créatures à fourrure qui passent leurs journées à ramasser ce que les humains jettent. Dans leur terroirs, sous la commune de Wimbledon, ils recyclent ces objets et les transforment en inventions utiles et fantastiques.”

  1. Le Fantôme De La Commune (The Ghost Of Wimbledon Common)
  2. Meouedonc À La Rescousse (Tomsk To The Rescue)
  3. Jour De Congé De Missus (Madame Cholet’s Day Off)
  4. Beau Temps Pour Faire Du Bateau (Beautiful Boating Weather)
  5. Visite De Mac Womble (Macwomble Is Coming)
  6. Not listed on cover: Camping Et Baies Célestes (Camping And Cloudberries)
  7. Not listed on cover: Une Surprise Pour Tchan-Si (Shansi’s Surprise)

The Wombles Volume 1

The Wombles Volume 1Released: 10 November 2004
Publisher: Magna Pacific
Catalogue number: 11405
Running time: 130 minutes
Region: 4 (PAL)

“Welcome to the wonderful world of the Wombles – where there’s never a dull moment! Ever-curious and fun-loving, these furry creatures have a special knack for turning trash into treasure. In their burrow under Wimbledon Common, the Wombles are forever building ingenious inventions with hilarious and unexpected results. Every Womble day is full of surprise twists and turns.”

  1. New Year! New You
  2. Alderney’s Big Break
  3. The Thingummawotsit
  4. The Sleep Wombler
  5. A Life In The Day Of Madame…
  6. Wom TV
  7. Star Struck
  8. Practically Joking
  9. Tomsk’s Pen Pal
  10. What’s A Womble
  11. Queen For A Day
  12. The Wombles Races
  13. The Womble Times

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The Wombles Volume 2

The Wombles Volume 2Released: 19 January 2005
Publisher: Magna Pacific
Catalogue number: 11406
Running time: 130 minutes
Region: 4 (PAL)

“Welcome to the wonderful world of the Wombles – where there’s never a dull moment! Ever-curious and fun-loving, these furry creatures have a special knack for turning trash into treasure. In their burrow under Wimbledon Common, the Wombles are forever building ingenious inventions with hilarious and unexpected results. Every Womble day is full of surprise twists and turns.”

  1. Fancy! Fancy Dress
  2. Time Travelling Tomsk
  3. Bungo Bingo
  4. The Thames Burrow Adventure
  5. The Wombles Of Our Discontent
  6. Riddle Me This
  7. Unlucky Me
  8. Nanny Alexandria Come To Stay
  9. The Unwelcome Womble
  10. Shansi’s Spider
  11. Anchor’s Aweigh
  12. Womble Inventor Of The Year
  13. A Visit To The Highland Burrow

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35th Anniversary Collection

The Wombles 35th Anniversary Collection DVDReleased: 5 May 2010
Publisher: Magna Home Entertainment
Catalogue number: DBX13251
Running time: 810 minutes
Discs: 6
Region: 4 (PAL)

This Australian box set contains the complete 1970s series on two discs, plus the almost-complete 1990s series on four discs. One episode is missing: Queen For A Day. The episode does appear on The Wombles Volume 1 (see above), but has some interference near the end of the episode, which may explain why it was left out of this collection.

“The all time classic series based on the books of Elisabeth Beresford comes to life once again as the endearing pint-sized Wombles of Wimbledon Common celebrate their 35th Anniversary.

“Join your favourite small, furry characters – Great Uncle Bulgaria, Tobermory, Orinoco, Bungo, Tomsk, Wellington and Madame Cholet – as they spend their days collecting the odds and ends that humans leave behind. But that’s not all they do! Once back at their burrow under Wimbledon Common, their treasures are turned into useful and imaginative objects – Making Good Use Of Bad Rubbish!

“Featuring all 111 episodes from the original stop-animation series, The Wombles 35th Anniversary Collection captures the imagination of children young and old.”

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  • Cath

    Hi, are you able to take a photo of the inside of the 35th Anniversary dvd set? I’m trying to source the right style of DVD case for mine, as mine got damaged in the post.

  • Paul

    Recently got the 35th Anniversary set, great set but in addition to the missing Queen For A Day it seems New Year! New You! is missing too – when you choose it, it plays Wom TV, Wom TV is on the disc twice.

    Anyone else have this issue and is it the same on the Volume 1 disc?

    • Tara Stockford

      Hi Paul – I’ve just checked my copy. If you click ‘Play All’ on the main menu, it does play New Year! New You!, but if you click ‘Episode Selection’ it plays Wom TV instead. So it looks like it’s just an error in the episode list, but it is actually on the disc.

      • Paul

        Thanks!