John Pye was the creator of Ferry Boat Fred. It is assumed he was born sometime in the 1940's or early 1950's. He was a model maker originally from Dagenham Essex UK, and he grew up watching the classic British children's TV shows, "Ivor the Engine" and "Noggin the Nog" (made by Oliver Postgates Smallfilms). Not only did Pye write the scripts and the incidental music but was also responsible for making most of the models. The entire series was filmed by Pye and three friends in a loft in the inner Sydney suburb of Surry Hills. He was also the writer, producer and music composer. He wrote The Big Race as well.