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Welcome to Bigg City Port
a dedicated to Tugs a Children's Television series that was set in the fictional harbour; Bigg City Port during
the 1920s. It followed the highs and lows of the anthropomorphic Star Fleet who were owned by Captain Star and their
rivals the Z-Stacks, owned by Captain Zero. Meet the characters and discover what made this series so great. It was made in
the late 1980s by Clearwater Features who after their success with the first two series of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends
wanted to push the boundaries by creating something bigger and better. The result was Tugs, with longer episodes, more developed
characters and a higher budget they managed this and there lies the problem. Due to over spending on their budget and
a change in the franchising in the ITV television channel Clearwater Feature's funding partners TVS went bankrupt (See the
article entitled the "Franchise Battle" in the links on the Beyond the Breakwater Page). Clearwater's money ran out and they
too went bankrupt, meaning that their assets were transferred to other companies and Tugs came to an end without the acclaim
that it truly deserved.
In many parts of the site
I have used quotes from the series and links to content outside the site so to make the best use of the limited
amount of web space available. Below is are two video clips; the first one made by Tachyon TV's Space Time Visualiser
team. The second is a video of the opening titles, both videos are hosted by YouTube.
The aims of this website are;
1) To keep the memory of Tugs alive by working in partnership with the Star
Tugs Trust; (www.thestartugs.co.uk) and its affiliated sites.
2) To provide a hub
and database enabling people to find out more about Tugs without giving away too many spoilers.
3) To show that there is still an appetite for Tugs and promote the Tugs DVD Campaign.
|Working in Partnership with the Star Tugs Trust
All you need to know about Tugs!
As mentioned in the above video TVS Television were struck by financial
difficulties, these are best described by an essay entitled "the Franchise Battle" (http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~jamiebro/franbat.html). The financial difficulties spread to Clearwater Features which in turn caused their liquidation. As a result the rights
to Tugs dispersed and Tugs disappeared from our screens.
A Memorable Quote...
"Bigg City port never ceased
working, operations carried out throughout the night were continued in the early mornings. Goods stacked high along the docksides were brought
into port by road and by rail the lorries and wagons were then re loaded with cargo coming from incoming tramp steamers, ferries
and liners for delivery to inland cities and towns. Everyone and every method of transport played a part in moving goods
into and outfox the port. The work of our Tugs was an important link in the chain it was non-stop and round the clock. The
lifeblood of the operation was coal. Without this dirty stuff industry would have ground to a halt..."
Captain Star, High