Common vision: 40 years of The Wombles on TV

It’s 40 years since The Wombles first appeared on our TV screens on 5 February 1973 – take a look back at the making of the programme and the people involved.

Carphone Warehouse advert with Tomsk

Wombles in Carphone Warehouse adverts

The Wombles and Bernard Cribbins are appearing in the latest advertising campaign for mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse.

Bernard Cribbins with his OBE

Bernard Cribbins collects his OBE

Bernard Cribbins was presented with his OBE in a ceremony at Windsor Castle on 3 November. He said narrating The Wombles was “a very nice episode in my career”.

Bernard Cribbins at the British Academy Children's Awards

Bernard Cribbins honoured with OBE

Bernard Cribbins, the voice of the Wombles, has been awarded an OBE for services to drama. He says he’s “gobsmacked”.

TalkTalk Tales

Join the hunt for Britain’s best storyteller

Bernard Cribbins will judge a nationwide competition to find the best amateur storyteller, and The Wombles is one of the extracts people can read. Listen to the entries and vote for your favourites.