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Catweazle

Catweazle



Catweazle was a British television series in 1970, created and written by Richard Carpenter and produced by London Weekend Television under the LWI (London Weekend International) banner, and screened in the UK on ITV. There were two series with 13 episode of 25 minutes each. The show featured Geoffrey Bayldon as the title character, an eccentric, incompetent, dishevelled and smelly (but lovable) old 11th Century wizard who accidentally travels through time to the year 1970 and befriends a young red-headed boy, nicknamed Carrot (Robin Davies), who spends most of the rest of the series attempting to hide Catweazle from his father and farmhand Sam. Meanwhile Catweazle searches for a way to return to his own time whilst hiding out in 'Castle Saburac', a disused water tower, with his 'Familiar', a toad called Touchwood. The second series featured a 12-part riddle which Catweazle, once more transported to 1970s England, attempts to solve one clue per episode, with the solution (as he thinks) being revealed in the 13th. Catweazle mistakes all modern technology for powerful magic (see also Clarke's third law), particularly 'electrickery' (electricity) and the 'telling bone' (telephone). This acclaimed series for children (though also much enjoyed by adults) evokes fond memories of a more innocent time, set in idyllic English countryside. The entire series was shot on 16mm. The first series was mostly shot on location at Home Farm, East Clandon, near Guildford in Surrey, England in 1969. The second series around the Bayford/Brickendon area in Hertfordshire in 1970. There are two novelizations by Carpenter, one for each series: Catweazle and Catweazle and the Magic Zodiac. A comic strip version was also produced, written by Angus P. Allan and printed in TV comic Look-In. The series won the Writer's Guild award for Best Children's TV Drama Script in 1971.


Episode Info

Final: 2x13 -- The Thirteenth Sign (Apr/04/1971)



Cast
Geoffrey BayldonGeoffrey Bayldon
As Catweazle
Charles TingwellCharles Tingwell
As Mr. Bennet ("S01")
Elspet GrayElspet Gray
As Lady Collingford (S02)
Gary WarrenGary Warren
As Cedric (S02)
Gwen NelsonGwen Nelson
As Mrs. Gowdie (S02)
Moray WatsonMoray Watson
As Lord Collingford (S02)
Neil McCarthyNeil McCarthy
As Sam Woodyard ("S01")
Peter ButterworthPeter Butterworth
As Groome (S02)
Robin Davies (1)Robin Davies (1)
As Carrot ("S01")
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Crew

Executive Producer: Joy Whitby
Producer: Carl Mannin, Quentin Lawrence
Editor: Sidney Stone
First Assistant Director: John Elton, Roger Inman
Music: Ted Dicks
Music Editor: Ray Gravell
Hairstylist: Katie Dawson
Make-up: Sue Barradell
Camera Operator: Wally Fairweather

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Seasons

Warning: Catweazle guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Adventure | Children
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: itv ( United Kingdom)
Airs: Sundays
Runtime: 25 Minutes
Premiere: February 15, 1970
Ended: April 04, 1971
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