Lights, Camera, Action, Wiggles! (also known as Network Wiggles) is the Wiggles' third TV series, first aired in late 2002.
The series existed in two versions.
- Episodes running 11-minutes aired on ABC1 in Australia, TVO in Canada, and PBS Kids Sprout in the United States, with 52 episodes total. However, some of the episodes run 9 minutes, some such as Episode 17 run 10 minutes, while others such as Episode 12 run 12 minutes. Various episodes from this version were later used as bonus features on Wiggles DVD's released between 2004 & 2006.
- Episodes running 22-minutes in length aired on Playhouse Disney in both countries (among others), with 26 episodes total. These are the versions released on the complete series DVD set, as well as iTunes.
The pages linked below are of the 22-minute versions, as the DVD set provides us with information on all of these episodes. Due to the fact several 11-minute versions have never been released on DVD, we didn't know the contents of them. For airdates and pages on the 11-minute versions, click the aptly-named tab below.
Note: Episodes marked with an asterisk (*) means the official titles (as given on WildBrain) are unknown as of yet; for these, Playhouse Disney titles are used instead.
- Raining Pink Balloons - October 14, 2003
- Captain's Magic Buttons - October 15, 2003
- Swim Like a Fish - October 13, 2003
- Where's Jeff? - October 13, 2003
- Ballet and Dancing* - October 16, 2003
- Australian Animals* - October 17, 2003
- Kids Island, Long Jump* - October 13, 2003
- Bush Walking, Didgeridoos* - October 20, 2003
- Australian Birds* - October 13, 2003
- Captain Feathersword's Birthday* - October 21, 2003
- Art Gallery* - October 22, 2003
- Return to the Beach* - October 23, 2003
- Boats* - October 24, 2003
- Stories* - October 13, 2003
- Swim Lessons and Transportation* - October 27, 2003
- Tap Dancing Class, Leaf Rubbing, High Jump* - October 13, 2003
- Bubbles* - October 28, 2003
- Kindie Gym* - October 29, 2003
- Reptiles* - October 13, 2003
- Ducks and Potatoes* - October 13, 2003
- Groceries and Noises* - October 13, 2003
- Australian Museum and Farm Animals* - October 13, 2003
- Aquarium* - February 2, 2004
- Children's Hospital* - January 5, 2005
- Flowers and Parks* - January 26, 2004
- Skipping and Exercise* - January 3, 2005
Premiere dates are from ABC1 airings in Australia. Episode titles (where available) come from Sprout airings Note: Episodes that have surfaced online are marked with an asterisk (*); partially available episodes are marked with a double asterisk (**). All others are currently considered lost media.
- Episode 1 (By The Beach) (*) - 30th September 2002
- Episode 2 (Swim Like A Fish) (*) - 1st October 2002
- Episode 3 (Dressing Up) (*) - 2nd October 2002
- Episode 4 (Move To The Music) (*) - 3rd October 2002
- Episode 5 (Farm Animals) (*) - 4th October 2002
- Episode 6 (Fishing Time!) (*) - 7th October 2002
- Episode 7 (We're Building) (*) - 8th October 2002
- Episode 8 (Garden Fun) (*) - 9th October 2002
- Episode 9 (Rhythms) (*) - 10th October 2002
- Episode 10 (Dancing Time!) - 11th October 2002
- Episode 11 (Australian Animals) (*) - 14th October 2002
- Episode 12 (Cooking Pizza) (*) - 15th October 2002
- Episode 13 (Dancing Flowers) (*) - 16th October 2002
- Episode 14 (Maracas) (*) - 17th October 2002
- Episode 15 (Dancing with Wags) (*) - 18th October 2002
- Episode 16 (Australian Music) (*) - 21st October 2002
- Episode 17 (Hats) (*) - 22nd October 2002
- Episode 18 (Out in the Bush) - 23rd October 2002
- Episode 19 (Captain Feathersword's Birthday) - 24th October 2002
- Episode 20 (Games) - 25th October 2002
- Episode 21 (Dorothy Visits the Gallery) (*) - 28th October 2002
- Episode 22 (Vegetable Soup) (*) - 29th October 2002
- Episode 23 (Water Play) - 30th October 2002
- Episode 24 (Let's Build) (*) - 31st October 2002
- Episode 25 (Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga) (*) - 1st November 2002
- Episode 26 (By The Sea) (**) - 4th November 2002
- Episode 27 (Sound Stories) - 5th November 2002
- Episode 28 (Nursery Rhymes) - 6th November 2002
- Episode 29 (Dorothy Visits the Museum) - 7th November 2002
- Episode 30 (Musical Stories) - 8th November 2002
- Episode 31 (Sound Effects) - 11th November 2002
- Episode 32 (Dancing and Colouring) - 12th November 2002
- Episode 33 (High and Low) - 13th November 2002
- Episode 34 (Bubble Paintings) - 14th November 2002
- Episode 35 (Gym Time) - 15th November 2002
- Episode 36 (Where's Jeff?) - 18th November 2002
- Episode 37 (Reptiles) (*) - 19th November 2002
- Episode 38 (Fruit Salad) - 20th November 2002
- Episode 39 (Ducks) (*) - 21st November 2002
- Episode 40 (Hot Potato) - 22nd November 2002
- Episode 41 (Nature's Best) - 25th November 2002
- Episode 42 (Squeak!) (*) - 26th November 2002
- Episode 43 (Clap Your Hands) (*) - 27th November 2002
- Episode 44 (Animal Fun) - 28th November 2002
- Episode 45 (Dorothy Visits The Aquarium) - 29th November 2002
- Episode 46 (Dinosaurs) - 2nd December 2002
- Episode 47 (Watching the Waves) (*) - 3rd December 2002
- Episode 48 (Jobs) - 4th December 2002
- Episode 49 (Kitchen Instruments) - 5th December 2002
- Episode 50 (Flowers) - 6th December 2002
- Episode 51 (Romp Bomp A Stomp) - 9th December 2002
- Episode 52 (Finger Painting Fun) - 10th December 2002
- Network Wiggles News: Greg hosts a news report with Dorothy as the field reporter and Captain Feathersword as the weatherman.
- Music with Murray: Murray teaches children about different types of music and the soundwaves of the music.
- Anthony's Workshop: Anthony hosts a show where he shows different crafts for kids.
- Captain's Magic Buttons: Captain Feathersword shows a Wiggle the many things he can do when the buttons on his magic vest are pushed.
- Where's Jeff?: A Wiggle gets another Wiggle or Captain Feathersword to guess where Jeff is sleeping in, and they wake him up at the end.
- Wiggly Community Service Announcement: The Wiggles and their friends are interviewed on what they are doing and given safety tips.
The songs used in the series are primarily taken from the videos Wiggle Bay and the not yet released Whoo Hoo! Wiggly Gremlins!, with each song from both videos appearing in their original widescreen presentation. Some songs from the videos replace scenes with Magdalena the Mermaid and The Gremlins with alternative shots. For the first time in a Wiggles series, no concert clips appear within the show. New music videos, which are exclusive to the series, use songs from Wake Up Jeff!, The Wiggles Movie Soundtrack, Toot Toot!, the North American version of Yummy Yummy, Wiggle Time!, It's a Wiggly Wiggly World! and Hoop-Dee-Doo it's a Wiggly Party. All of the songs are filmed on the main set, with the alternating purple and gold curtains. The only exception is Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga, Big Red Car, which is filmed around the whole studio as the car travels.
The original 11-minute versions of episodes, as shown on ABC in Australia, TVO in Canada, and Sprout in the United States, usually only features 2 songs. Odd-numbered episodes usually contain Network Wiggles News and Music With Murray segments, while even-numbered ones contain Anthony's Workshop, Captain's Magic Buttons and Where's Jeff? segments. Community Service Announcements appear randomly in any episode.
An extended version that lasts 22 minutes, as aired on Playhouse Disney in Australia and the United States, Treehouse TV in Canada, and released on the DVD Box Set, has a Network Wiggles News segment, an Anthony's Workshop segment, a Captain's Magic Buttons segment, a Music With Murray segment and a Where's Jeff? segment, in that order. Songs (usually 4-5), short skits, and Community Service Announcements appear in-between.
Some of the 11-minute episodes contain scenes not included in the 22-minute versions. Below are some known examples:
Home Video Releases
In Australia & New Zealand, the series received a complete DVD set release in December 2008, containing all 26 episodes from the series, plus the documentary A Wiggly Postcard From Asia and two bonus episodes of the Dorothy the Dinosaur TV Series. Outside of this release, an edited version of Instruments (one that removes the Rock-A-Bye Your Bear song and the Where's Jeff? segment) was included as a bonus feature on the Whoo Hoo! Wiggly Gremlins! DVD, while Swim Lessons and Transportation was included as a bonus feature for Wiggledancing! Live In The U.S.A.
These individual releases mark the only time (outside of iTunes) that the 22-minute versions of the series were made available to purchase internationally.
As mentioned in the Episodes tabs above, various 11-minute episodes were included as bonus features for Wiggles DVD's, beginning in 2004 with the Toot Toot! Australian DVD release and ending in 2006 with Splish Splash Big Red Boat's American DVD release.
In 2003, a video containing Episodes 1 and 2 was released in Australia, while a DVD version, released later in 2006, replaced Episodes 1 and 2 with Episodes 13, 14 and 15. The DVD release was made more for promotional purposes, and as such, was packaged with various Wiggles DVDs throughout that year (such as Wiggle Bay and LIVE Hot Potatoes!).
In 2005, an episode compilation containing Episodes 12 and 16, as well as Episodes 15 and 11 of Wiggly TV was released exclusively in North America on VHS and DVD. A rental version titled The Wiggles Show contained these episodes and the video Top of the Tots.
- This series marked:
- The first series to be filmed and released in 16:9 widescreen.
- The first series not to feature the song "Fruit Salad".
- The first series in which Wigglehouse isn't seen.
- The first series to not have any actual story plot.
- The first series not to feature Live in Concert songs. Followed by TV Series 6 and 12.
- The first series to use the 2002 era skivvies.
- This is the last series to feature Andrew McCourt as Wags The Dog and Corrine O'Rafferty as Dorothy the Dinosaur and the last time Kristy Talbot as Henry the Octopus and she'll be the mascot of Wags the Dog in Top of the Tots including Katherine Patrick will be Henry and Caterina Mete as Dorothy.
- This is not Murray's last time without bangs until after Top of the Tots. But this is the last series of him without bangs.
- The first series to feature Maton Guitars aside from Fender Guitars and instead of Takamine guitars.
- The first and only TV series to receive a Logie Award nomination for Most Outstanding Children's Program, but lost to Tracey McBean.
- The last appearance of the Excelsior S108 until Pop Go The Wiggles!.
- The exterior of Network Wiggles was filmed at ABC TV Studios, 221 Pacific Highway, Gore Hill, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, while the interior of Network Wiggles was filmed on Studio 26 at ABC TV Studios, 4/6 Lanceley Place, Artarmon, New South Wales, Australia.
- The original 11-minute versions have additional segments of Music with Murray that were not used in the 22-minute versions. Some segments were separated in both 11-minute and 22-minute versions as exclusives.
- As mentioned above, songs used in the series are primarily taken from the videos Wiggle Bay and Whoo Hoo! Wiggly Gremlins!. These videos were shot around the same time as the series, were also directed by Bufalo and produced and aired by the ABC as specials for this series.
- The song "Taba Naba" appears in the series, with Christine Anu's vocals from the It's a Wiggly Wiggly World! album removed and Greg Page's vocals re-recorded.
- Unlike The Wiggles' other TV Series, (not counting the short series) this series didn't have any story based scenes.
- The 11-minute versions have been released in different aspect ratios such as 4:3, 14:9 and 16:9.
- A Sydney Morning Herald article mistakenly claims that the series contains 54 11-minute episodes, whereas the flyer correctly states that it has 52 11-minute episodes.
- After the end credits the endboard comes and it's either yellow, red, blue or purple.
- The Theme Song would later be used for The Latin American Wiggles version of The Wiggles Show!.