Saturday, 14 June 2014

Bernard's Watch

Do you find you never seem to find enough hours in the day to do everything you need to? How cool would it be to have a watch to stop time whenever you needed to? It's Bernard's Watch!

Bernard's Watch told of a young boy called Bernard who was always late, until a postman gave him a "magic watch" which could stop time. He soon found out that the postman had magical powers, and that these watches were given to people who needed them. The rules of him keeping his watch were that he must not use it to commit crimes or hurt anyone. Every episode focused on Bernard or someone to whom he'd lent the watch facing a problem or simply doing day-to-day stuff and trying to sort it out, using the watch.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Rosie and Jim

Let's take a trip along the river on The Ragdoll with Rosie and Jim!

Rosie and Jim are two rag dolls that live on a narrow boat called the Ragdoll. There they sit with an accordion on their lap and only come alive when no one is looking, such as Neil, who steers the boat, sings songs and relaxes as the world passes by slowly. They learn to experience things by following Neil on his adventures and secretly joining in the same thing he does, but end up in mischief. Still, they never seem to get in trouble, as no one ever seems to see them!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends

Time to travel into the imagination of Beatrix Potter now in the animated series The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends!

Each episode opens up with a live-action Beatrix Potter, portrayed by actress Niamh Cusack, coming to her farmhouse out of the rain, sitting down to some tea with her pet rabbit, Peter, and then setting up the featured story. An exception to this is The Tailor of Gloucester episode, which is set at Christmas time. Some of the episodes include storylines from two separate books, either told one after the other or intermingled. The animation style of The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends is very close to Potter's artwork in the original books.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Watership Down (1999)

Based upon the novel and the 1978 animated movie, I present the 1999 series of Richard Adams' Watership Down!

Following the basic plot of the novel, Watership Down follows the lives of a group of rabbits as they leave their endangered warren in search of a safe new home. They travel across the English countryside, braving perilous danger, until they find a hill called Watership Down, where they begin a new warren. However, they are endangered by another warren, Efrafa, which is led by the authoritarian General Woundwort, and they are soon forced to defend their home and lives.
Watership Down was voiced by many familiar faces in the world of British film and television. John Hurt, the voice of Hazel in the film, was reappointed for the series as the voice of General Woundwort, and Richard Briers, the voice of Fiver in the film, appeared in the series as Captain Broom. Dawn French, Jane Horrocks, Stephen Fry, Phil Jupitus and Rik Mayall all provided voices, as Buttercup, Hannah, Cowslip, Dandelion and Kehaar, respectively.


Sometimes, the villain of a tale can become more popular than the hero, and such is the case with Iznogoud. An animated series based upon the French comic co created by René Goscinny of Asterix fame!

Iznogoud is the second in command (Grand Vizier) to the Caliph of Baghdad Haroun El Poussah (Haroun El Plassid in English, a pun on the historical Caliph, Harun al-Rashid; "poussah" is roughly translated as "oaf") but his sole aim in life is to overthrow the Caliph and take his place. This is frequently expressed in his famous catchphrase, "I want to become Caliph instead of the Caliph"
Iznogoud is always assisted in his plans by his faithful henchman, Dilat Larath (Wa'at Alahf in English). A typical example is when the Grand Vizier discovers the "Road to Nowhere", a road that only leads back to itself, and devises a plot to lure the Caliph there so he will become eternally trapped. In his excitement over the prospect to accomplish his life's mission, Iznogoud forgets that he needs an exit for himself. Another plan involves freezing the Caliph, which has to be shelved because there always seems to be some source of heat nearby. Iznogoud also attempts to enlist the services of a primitive computer (described as a very clever djinni) in order to find out the answer to his perennial ambition. The temperamental computer ends up sulking when Wa'at Alahf answers a complex mathematical equation before it can. In the end, the only answer Iznogoud gets is the solution to the equation. As in every Iznogoud story, Iznogoud is ultimately unsuccessful, and the Caliph continues his reign.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Moomin (1990)

Based upon the books and the earlier animated series, here is the 1990 animated version of Moomin!

The Moomins are the central characters in a series of books, and a comic strip by Swedish-speaking Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson, originally published in Swedish by Schildts in Finland. They are a family of white, roundish fairy tale characters with large snouts that make them resemble hippopotamuses. The carefree and adventurous family live in their house in Moominvalley, though in the past, their temporary residences have included a lighthouse and a theatre. They have had many adventures along with their various friends.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Jackanory - George's Marvellous Medicine

Today is a very sad day. Actor and comedian Rik Mayall passed away earlier today. In his honour I give you his Jackanory performance of Roald Dahl's story George's Marvellous Medicine. R.I.P Rik. You will always be a legend, now and forevermore.

Sunday, 8 June 2014


Who says old people don't know how to have fun? They obviously haven't met Gran!

At first glance you may think Gran is like any other Grandma, but she's not. Along with her grandson Jim, she takes part in different crazy adventures. Each episode sees Gran performing weird and wacky tasks - growing her runner beans up a dinosaurs skeleton, hand gliding, knitting a giant scarf to wrap around her house in the winter and cross country motorbike racing. But one thing's for sure - she'll always be wearing her pink slippers.

Mr Majeika

Some teachers in school seem to have magic powers, being able to see through the back of their heads at naughty children, hearing a whisper from the other side of the room and other such amazing feats. Other teachers simply are magic, like the wizard, Mr Majeika!

Mr Majeika is an irrepressible wizard, sent to "Britland" from the planet Walpurgis because he had failed his O-level sorcery exam for the seventeenth time. He drops into the sleepy village of Much Barty, finding a post at St Barty's School as Class Three's new form-teacher, where he quickly befriends two of the children, Melanie Brace-Girdle and Thomas Grey.
Majeika enters into his magic with reluctance, however, because he is trying hard to behave himself on Earth, and because the Worshipful Wizard of Walpurgis is keeping an eye on him from above. All the same, trickery becomes more and more necessary, leading Majeika, Melanie and Thomas into some remarkable adventures. Their fun is despised, but usually prompted, by the horribly spoilt Hamish, a pupil so ghastly that his mere presence had caused the resignation of the previous class teacher and frightened off the 79 applicants for the post. But one waggle of Mr Majeika's oddly tufted grey hair is all that it takes for Bigmore to be put firmly in his place.