Archive for Tugs


Posted in Sites of Interest, The B-Keeper with tags , , , , , , , on August 8, 2011 by Andrew T. Smith

I must apologise for the lack of updates to this site. I will try to fix that in the coming months as there have been some exciting developments on the book front. Until then, however, I hope you’ll enjoy a couple of videos I have produced for Tachyon-TV. The idea behind the Space Time Visualiser series is that the date than an article or video is posted relates in some way to the television programme being discussed. So far, I have produced two episodes of the series’ video incarnation alongside the incredibly talented Andrew Orton.



THIS, IS ‘tugs’

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , , , , on January 15, 2010 by Andrew T. Smith

We were watching a few episodes of Tugs at work today, because that’s how we roll. I’ve previously discussed my love of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, and although I don’t have quite the same level of affection for this series from the same creative team, I still have a place in my heart for Tugs.

Perhaps my favorite aspect of the series is the theme music; the most inappropriate matching of audio and visuals I have ever experienced. All starts off promisingly, a gentle piano piece introduces Patrick Allen’s inspirational voiceover:

The tugboat, for its size, is the most powerful craft afloat and the Star Tugs are the power behind the docks and waterways that make up the Big City Port. This, is Tugs.

At which point the full theme tune kicks into gear, a sweeping saxophone piece that sounds more like it belongs at the end of Dallas or in the middle of an inspirational erotic movie than anywhere near a quaint British children’s television series about a grubby dockyard. What really takes the biscuit of course is that appearing during this most bombastic of openings are the least impressive on-screen titles ever committed to the small screen. Seriously, it looks as if they only just noticed at the last moment and had to thread the film through a typewriter. This must have been an oversight as, a few episodes into the short-lived series, these uninspired titles were replaced with a much more appealing and colourful logo.

To me however, Tugs will always be the little show that just couldn’t make it. Although fantastically well written, performed and produced, the series Lasted only 13 episodes – somehow the slightly cack opening credit accompanied by that most inappropriate of themes seems strangely appropriate. Anyway, judge for yourself. This, is tugs…