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The Rubbish World of Dave Spud: Donkey

Dave rescues an endangered donkey from the docks. Hiding it in the camper van, things take an interesting turn when the donkey eats Gran’s glasses. Unable to see, Gran ends up falling in love with the strapping stranger who has set up home in her camper.

Dave Spud. Just an ordinary kid. An average boy. AN UNWITTING CREATOR OF CHAOS.
Dave, our magnet for disaster, is a fighter against the odds and our unlikely hero. He knows that no matter how rubbish things get, there is always room for them to get worse. BUT BRING IT ON! For Dave and his Spud family are united – together they WILL prevail and do so with GUSTO!!! Side note: And be back in time for tea.

  • Edward Foster
    Little Princess, Anna Spud
  • Denise Cassar
    Luo Bao Bei, School of Roars, Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed!, Bing, Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends
  • Iain Harvey
    Little Princess, War Game, On Angel Wings, Christmas Carol: The Movie, TRANSIT, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories
  • Johnny Vegas
    Key Cast
    "Dave Spud"
    Early Man, Still Open All Hours, Moone Boy
  • Jane Horrocks
    Key Cast
    "Gran Spud"
    Little Princess, Chicken Run, Little Voice, Claude, Corpse Bride
  • Philip Glenister
    Key Cast
    "Betty Spud"
    Life on Mars, Mad Dogs, Ashes to Ashes
  • Lisa Hammond
    Key Cast
    "Anna Spud"
    Vera, Eastenders, Bleak House
  • Gina Yashere
    Key Cast
    Bob Hearts Abishola, Early Man, Married Single Other
  • Arthur Smith
    Key Cast
    "George Spud"
    Dallas Buyers Club, Red Dwarf, The Bill
  • Akiya Henry
    Key Cast
    "Lil Sue"
    101 Dalmatian Street Shorts, Macbeth, Bing
  • Stuart Parmenter
    Angelina Ballerina, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends, The Wind in the Willows
  • Dave Peacock
    Voice Director
    Hilda, Thunderbirds Are Go, Counterfeit Cat, Digby Dragon, The Jungle Book, Peter Rabbit, Little Princess, Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom
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  • Genres:
    childrens, series, comedy, adventure
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    3,000,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    26 episodes x 11 minutes
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Distribution Information
  • ITV
    Country: United Kingdom
  • Beta Films
    Country: Worldwide
Director Biography - Edward Foster

Very much motivated to tell stories creatively, Edward primarily works in the field of series based animation, developing and directing pilots, completed three series, including two half hour specials, of the hugely successful pre-school show ‘Little Princess’ shown on Five(UK), which has sold to over 160 territories worldwide and been BAFTA nominated four times.
He then went onto direct on his own commissioned Children’s series for CITV.

Edward continues to make short independent films and has been a jury member for both the BAA and RTS awards. Lead 2nd yr tutor at the NFTS, a visiting tutor on the RCA animation course, and an external examiner for the University of Arts London (UAL) MA animation course.

Work examples can be seen on Ed’s website

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Director Statement

The series continues the thread in my work of a personal take on family life and the everyday - a family and their friends, united in a strong bond of 'we are in this together'. Living in the Spud’s world, you don't need to be particularly gifted, wealthy or have super powers to have the best adventure, but you do need to have a sense of humour.

Just like in real life, our cast of characters have different personalities, span across many generations and speak with a variety of accents; largely those from 'up North', where I grew up. The show embraces images that are not seen enough in animation, those that look or move around differently, pets with one eye, a friend who chooses to wear a box on his head, a sibling that just happens to use a wheelchair, a parent that sounds like and has the body hair of a bloke, and just very well might be, but who cares – that is mum regardless.

The Rubbish World of Dave Spud simply presents the everyday. I go that one step further however, and flip the ordinary on it's head, showing how quickly it can spin out of control and what great fun there is to be had with that.