Bug Alert is a British Children's television series, first shown on GMTV in 1998. It featured the antics of a range of bug-like characters who lived in the kitchen of an unnamed house. These creatures apparently only came out when the resident humans were "not about." In the third and final series the characters moved out of the house and opened a somewhat seedy restaurant ("Bug Bites") where they set about serving Weasel Curry to their regular clientèle. 78 episodes were made in total and are repeated regularly on GMTV.
After the first two series the show format was bought by Channel 4 which commissioned 26 further episodes. These, and the previous series, were aired in their weekend morning slot. The show was characterised by its somewhat adult references and themes, most of which went way above the heads of watching children.
- Grub Bug: The father figure of the family. Pompous, red and fat, he had a rather military manner and a fondness for popping down to his shed to "tend his vegetables". He was sensitive about his incipient balding and once sought to hid it under a ginger wig. Very fond of Mystic Mug, they holidayed together at Frinton-on-sea.
- Mystic Mug: Originally loosely modelled on celebrity fortune teller "Mystic Meg", her metier was crystal ball reading, where (in the first two series) she would retail "Mystic Mug's Amazing Facts". Increasingly eccentric as the series progressed, she often teetered uncertainly on the edge of sanity.
- Doodle Bug: Ill-tempered Mr Fixit who would design and build all manner of gadgets with which to wreak havoc over a twenty minute time slot. Somewhat of a sadist.
- Plug Bug: Doodle Bug's close chum, a craven coward and a little flowery in nature. Good to his mother.
- Buggins: Orange worm-like creature. Irritatingly enthusiastic and jolly. Regularly beaten into line by the previous two, he generally came up smiling...until the next time.
- Grunge and Slopp: A pair of dirty, green, hairy hippy types. They told jokes, sang songs and sneered. Very rarely referred to by name. They also occasionally got involved in the main action.
- Gorgon and Zola: Husband and wife team. Aggressive to all and sundry, they were also resident jokesters. Background dancers for most of the songs.
- The Customer: Arrived in series 3. Real name; Roy, he lived in a mobile home on the side of the A3. Spent a lot of time in the cafe but rarely actually seemed to eat anything.
- The Health Inspector: Came and went in the course of one episode. Got stuck to Grub Bug and, after various threats, posted a glowing report on the cafe.
- The Genie: Came, offered wishes, left.
- Baxter: Plug Bug's dear chum, a practical joker. Came unstuck when he played one joke too many on Mystic Mug. Last seen disappearing down a large hole.
- Bernard: A robot built by Doodle Bug with a nice/nasty switch on his back. Wrought havoc over two episodes.
- Henri: A French chef to whom Mystic Mug took rather a shine. Tied up Grub Bug and then came to a violent end.
- Doodle Bug's Granny: Appeared in Series 2, transpired it was Doodle Bug dressed up all along.
- Squelch: Buggins' cousin. So called because that was the noise people tended to make when he sat on them.
- Raid the Fridge: A short interstitial sequesnce where Grub Bug would show how to make some unspeakable culinary confection.
- In the Bin: Ditto, but involving Doodle Bug creating something out of the items he found in his bin.
- Through the Washing Machine: Short sequence where some child demonstrated something of little interest.
- Through the Cat Flap: Short sequence shot from a cat's point of view as he tramped about observing humans.
- Mystic Mug's Amazing Facts: Series 1 and 2 only. Mystic Mug presents items of trivia related to the day's topic.