Friday, 4 April 2014

Flashback Friday - James The Cat

My name's James,
James The Cat,
I've had fame,
Money and all that.
Now I'm here,
Growing fat,
Chasing birds and butterflies,
James The Cat

James the Cat was a children's series created by Grampian Television and narrated by Sean Arnold. It follows the exciting events which take place at the Cornerhouse (number 104) between James (the cat) and his friends.  Each episode ran for about 5 minutes.  There were 26 episodes made in 1984 for Series 1.

The series starts with James being left behind when his family move out.   Through the first series James is a newcomer to the garden and has to make friends with the other animals that live there.  Fellow resident characters include:

  •  Mrs. Lavender (a snail)
  • Frida (a kangaroo)
  • Citroen (a French frog)
  • Rocky (a rabbit)
  • Dennis (a pink fire-breathing Welsh-accented Chinese dragon)
  • Next door are Ma and Pa Rat, and their rat children.

According to the internet the show had a subsequent series that I was too old for, made in 1998 with narration by Alistair McGowan.  In this one James becomes a VIP (diplomat) and travels to distant lands or receives important visitors.  Try as I might I cannot find further evidence or clips from this 26 episode series.

OK I tell a small white lie - This is a 1998 one, obvious due to its brighter colours .. but its not in English.

If you do want to watch an English version the first one ever can be found here.

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