Filmed in the seventies in London, Wales and Corsica, this adventure series is still being tracked down by fans who saw it originally. Three brothers nicknamed Toughy, Smarty and Mouse run away to find an uninhabited island – as far as possible from the do’s and don’ts of the real world.
Ages 6 and upwards
"Grasshopper Island is a favourite of my children. I always wanted an island of my own in the sunshine"
"I watched the series as a 7-8 year old and it remains my all-time favourite" (Letters from parents)
The Voices of Authority Tim Brooke-Taylor
The Elderly Boy Charles Hawtrey
Lupus Patricia Hayes
Cornelius Button Julian Orchard
Dr Hopper Frank Muir
Music by Wilfred Josephs
Filmed by Tony Leggo
Written and Produced by Joy Whitby
First shown on ITV
Everyone dreams of running away at least once in their lifetime. Toughy, Smarty and Mouse discover an island which seems perfect. Sun, sand, fruit in the trees, fish in the sea. No haircuts. No school dinners. No goodnight kisses. Best of all, no grown-ups. Or so they think until they discover Cornelius Button, a reclusive grasshopper expert who lives with his housekeeper, Lupus, on the other side of the island. There is also a villain to threaten their idyll. But in the end, Grasshopper Island remains a happy place where they all enjoy life in their own particular way.