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The Space Gypsy Adventures are a set of British sci-fi comedy radio stories created by Terry Askew. Notable in that the characters are all anthropomorphic animals. Mostly detailing the misadventures of the "space gypsy" fox Gemma Mildury and her younger brother, Damien, along with her on-and-off boyfriend, Duke; Duke's sister, Leah; used shuttle dealer and rocker Fluff Cat, and their frequent nemeses, Detectives Spiker and Bones of the Federal Alliance.
The series originally ran in children's hospitals in 1987, and was revived in 2004. Since late 2011, the creators have been reposting select stories online.
These radio plays provide examples of:
- Asteroid Thicket: Gemma escapes Spiker and Bones in "Daytrip to Tower City" by dragging them (their ship attached to the Rapscallion) into an asteroid field.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Mostly in the pilot and the Christmas specials.
- Casual Interstellar Travel: As stated in the pilot, one might go to another star system for groceries.
- Christmas Special: At least two.
- Cunning Like a Fox: Gemma, Damien has his moments as well.
- Deflector Shield: Called "grids" for some reason.
- Earthburrow that was: The space gypsy homeworld was destroyed by a supernova thousands of years ago, according to legend.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Mogavis space gypsies borrow a lot from Romas. Also people from Galvert 6 sound Welsh.
- The Federation: The Federal Alliance, corrupt version.
- Fictionary: Mogavis. Most often the Mildury's pronounce "us" as "huz".
- Frickin' Laser Beams: "Blazers".
- Global Currency: Averted, there are both Federal Alliance credits and Zenophon zents.
- Happily Married: Leah and Rekki, more or less.
- Interspecies Romance: Gemma and Duke (fox/border collie), Leah and Rekki (collie/raccoon), Damien and Jehlise (fox/cat), Fluff and Bones (cat/fox).
- Matronymic: Leah and Rekki's daughter's name, Leandra, literally means "child of Leah" in Mogavis.
- Numbered Homeworld: The Galvert system worlds, such as Galvert 6.
- Panicky Expectant Father: Rekki in "The Christmas New Arrival".
- Promotion to Parent: Gemma, after her and Damien's parents were captured or killed.
- Run for the Border: Gemma, Damien, Fluff, and Jimmy-da-weasel's preferred method of escaping arrest is to escape to Zenophon
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Damien frequently insists this with regards to Jehlise; his bioamulet suggests otherwise.
- Shout-Out: In part 3 of "Duke and the Space Gypsy" alone:
- Started with the opening line of Star Trek
- Until someone in the audience yelled "get on with it!"
- Gemma spotted the TARDIS
- A malfunctioning computer claimed that NORWEB had sent a fleet after Gemma because she left a light on.
- Space Jews: Space Gypsies are Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Space People: Space gypsies, obviously.
- Space Police: Spiker, Bones, and the Federal Alliance police are non-heroic examples.
- Stealth in Space: Devisualizer, not that it works that often.
- Tractor Beam
- Truce Zone: Zenophon.
- Will They or Won't They?: Duke and Gemma have been engaged since "Daytrip to Tower City" but he keeps putting off their wedding.