Jimbo and the Jet Set (often shortened to simply Jimbo) was a British animated cartoon series in the 1980s, featuring the adventures of the eponymous Jimbo, a talking aeroplane. Created by Maddocks Cartoon Productions, it originally ran for 25 episodes between 1985 and 1986.

The proviso to the cartoon is that Jimbo was originally intended to be a Jumbo Jet, but his designer couldn't tell the difference between inches and centimetres, resulting in his diminutive size.

The television series featured various talking airport-type ground vehicles (Tommy Tow-Truck, Claude Catering, Amanda Baggage, Phil the Fuel Truck, Sammy Steps, etc), and Harry Helicopter. Other plane characters appear from time to time, such as Old Timer, a Vickers Wellington bomber who gets into the story while flying to or from an airshow. The story is based at a fictional "London Airport", under the command of an irate controller who frequently ends episodes screaming "I want words with you, Jimbo!".

Some printed material and toy merchandise featured Gloria Gatwick, a female counterpart to Jimbo, but she did not appear in a speaking role within the TV episodes (save for one brief appearance in one episode, where she can be clearly seen from a top-viewed angle).


Created, Written and Produced by
Peter Maddocks
Roger Greenaway, Gavin Greenaway
Series Animation by
Clive Dawson, Julian Gibbs, Neil Salmon, William Mobberley
Kevin Smith
Chris Williams
Keith Learner
Trace & Paint
Guy Maddocks, Vivienne Dempsey, Simon Maddocks
Directed by
Keith Learner
Jimbo Voice Over
"Chris P Chicken" Chris Pollock