Topsy and Tim is a series of children's books written by Jean Adamson and Gareth Adamson about twins and their adventures. They were first published in 1960 and were relaunched in new editions in February 2003.[1]

Since 1960 more than 130 Topsy and Tim titles have been published with sales of more than 21 million.

Origin Edit

In an interview with The Guardian,[2] Jean Adamson said that she and her future husband had been trained as book illustrators at Goldsmiths College. They decided to get married and quit their jobs in order to write and illustrate their own children's books. Their approach was shaped by a visit to a children's bookshop in Newcastle where they realised that there were few books depicting actual contemporary children. She explained that the books were also influenced by the post-war mood:

At that time, not so terribly long after the end of the war, England was just waking up, bright colours were coming in, there was a lovely optimistic feeling in the air. So I said "Why don't we do books with real live little children in, with the little adventures and so on that they have in the house?"[2]

Television series Edit

The books have been adapted for television twice.

Bevanfield Films Edit

Firstly by Bevanfield Films for Video Collection International, 60 episode 5 minute animated series narrated by Roger Blake and was shown on ITV.

CBeebies Edit

In 2013 a 13-minute live-action series was made for CBeebies, with 3 series produced and 71 episodes made. Further details can be seen here: List of Topsy and Tim episodes. No further episodes are planned for production as of 2022. The series was produced by Darrall Macqueen and distributed globally by DHX Media. Series 1 and 2 was filmed from March 2013 to October 2013, the Christmas Special was filmed in December 2013 and Series 3 was filmed from June 2015 to July 2015.

Characters Edit

Cast list of Topsy and Tim
Actor Character
1 2 3
Jocelyn MacNab Topsy Main
Joshua Lester Tim Main
Anna Acton Joy Main
Chris Hannon Brian Main
Suzy Aitchison Grandma Main
Natahlia Colbourne Kerry Recurring
Tom Hibberd Tony Recurring
Nicole Davis Dominique Recurring
Iain Campbell Carson Recurring Guest
Emily Butterfield Elaine Recurring Guest
Barry McCarthy Mr Fishwick Recurring
Kayleigh Burke Vinda Recurring
Natalya Hibberd Josie Recurring
Jon Rummey Mr. Rosen Recurring
Tim Hibberd Mr. Fen Recurring Guest
Joshua Levin Stevie Dunton Recurring
Kemaal Deen-Ellis Rai Recurring Guest
Tom Price Paul Recurring
Bobby Smalldridge Andy Recurring
Emma Kershaw Dr. Walton Recurring
India Brown Molly Recurring
Eva Alexander Miss Terry Recurring
June Whitfield Mrs Higley-Pigley Guest
James Wooldridge Mr. Morris Recurring
Glen Davies DIY Derek Recurring Guest Recurring
Jake Unsworth Kevin Guest

List of books Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ Rigby, Nic (22 January 2003). "Relaunch for Topsy and Tim". BBC News.
  2. ^ a b Pauli, Michelle; Nylind, Linda; Wyse, Pascal (2 November 2010). "Jean Adamson: Living with Topsy and Tim". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "Topsy and Tim: New Lunchboxes : Jean Adamson : 9781846461415".

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