There was a children's programme weekdays on UK television in the mid 1980's. The idea was to help children to read. Maybe twenty minutes twice a week. Lots of short sketches.

Victoria Wood played a Witch called "WordWitch" and she needed an assistant in episode one, she therefore cast a spell, this man appeared and he was then in most of the sketches with her as "SuperSign".

Occasionally she would get exasperated with his general air of simple mindedness and wave her wand while declaring she would 'unmake' him. He usually then started crying and pleading so she gave in and let him stay.

Who played the part of SuperSign?

I asked this question about 12 years ago on a 'Do You Remember' site (link long forgotten) and several answers stated Derek Griffiths, I know he did appear on children's programmes with her but this answer was incorrect.

Derek Griffiths was a somewhat stocky black actor with a moustache, the guy who played SuperSign was tall, thin, white and clean shaven (my memory also says bad skin/slightly acne scarred) with fair hair in a short style.

Also I think (but am not sure) that he had a North East England accent.

The guy looked somewhat similar to modern day comedian James Acaster (which is what inspired my fresh go at this question!)


You can see the opening for the show Insight (1980-1983) below.

This magazine (p43) mentions that WordWitch and SuperSign are the main characters and IMDb lists the actors as Victoria Wood and Derek Griffiths.

  • If this is correct it would mean either the OP is misremembering completely or mixing multiple shows together.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Feb 17 '20 at 15:30
  • @TheLethalCarrot - As far as I can tell it was a two-man show with VW and DG playing all the major roles
    – Valorum
    Feb 17 '20 at 15:33
  • @Valorum. Somewhere online I have saw a mention that Victoria Wood took over the Insight show that was 'originally presented' by Derek Griffiths. If you look at the short clip you posted (from the 1 minute 34 seconds mark), it shows the SuperSign actor with her, both in a cartoon form and in the flesh. Clearly he is NOT well known kid's presenter Derek Griffiths.
    – Danny Mc G
    Feb 17 '20 at 15:43
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    @Valorum It appears VW starred in a remake of the DG show (maybe?).
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Feb 17 '20 at 15:48
  • Paragraph 3 (of the Career section 1980-1988) seems to indicate she did a remake of the Derek Griffiths original series "Wood appeared as a presenter in Yorkshire Television's 1984 schools television programme for hearing-impaired children, Insight, in a remake of the series originally presented by Derek Griffiths." .en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Wood
    – Danny Mc G
    Feb 17 '20 at 16:41

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