Cavegirl

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For the 1985 film, see Cavegirl (film). For other uses, see Cave Girl (disambiguation).
Cavegirl
Genre Children's
Directed by Daniel Peacock
Starring Stacey Cadman
Stephen Marcus
Lucinda Rhodes-Flaherty
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 38
Production
Location(s) South Africa
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
CBBC
Original airing 31 August 2002

Cavegirl is a British TV series directed by Daniel Peacock. It starred Stacey Cadman, Stephen Marcus, Jennifer Guy, Harry Capehorn and Lucinda Rhodes-Flaherty. It followed the adventures of a teenage cavegirl. Although based in the time of cave people there are many references to modern pop culture and in a similar vein to The Flintstones there are many ancient versions of modern inventions featured. Its theme tune is a cover version of Go Wild in the Country, sung by Stacey Cadman. It was produced by Daniel Peacock's Two Hats Productions company, and featured many of the same actors that also appeared in its other productions, such as Harry and Cosh and Billie: Girl from the Future.[1]

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The main characters are Cavegirl herself and her family Dad, Mum, Big Sis, Gran and Little Bro. Other tribe members feature prominently. Cavegirl is a pretty, feisty individual and a bit of a tomboy although during the series she begins to become interested in boys and many of the storylines involve her becoming more mature. Big Sis is very interested in her appearance and how boys see her. She is also rather shallow. Dad is the stereotypical rugged caveman, although he is protective of his children, and is the chief of the tribe. Mum is a little dozey and Gran is very young at heart and more than a little crazy. Little Brother is curious about the world and often annoys Cavegirl immensely.

In season 2, Dad has left to look for new hunting grounds, and a new character, "Chief", has replaced him. In a flashback episode near the end of the season it was shown that Dad left Mum in charge, but she lost a bet with "The Chief of the Tribe to the North" and the tribes merged to form a larger one.

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Filming[edit]

Cavegirl was filmed in Western Cape Province, South Africa, based around Cape Town. Locations included Cederberg, Stadsaal Caves and the pools at Tweede Tol. In 2004 the Cavegirl series won The Children's Award at the BBC's 12th Annual Awards Ceremony for Independent Producers. It was aired on the BBC in the UK, BBC Kids in Canada and British Forces Broadcasting Service throughout the world.[2] The BBC released a DVD and VHS containing some of the episodes entitled Cavegirl Rocks! on 30 June 2003.[3]

Controversy[edit]

The show caused controversy when it first aired as some felt Cadman's character was too scantily clad for a children's television programme.[4][5] It is rumoured that the BBC press department sent a more provocative teaser to the press, provoking a short mediastorm. No official complaints were ever lodged to the BBC.

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