Dramarama (TV series)

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Dramarama
Genre Drama
Science fiction
Format children's anthology series
Created by Anna Home[1]
Starring varied by episode
Country of origin United Kingdom
Production
Executive producer(s) varied by episode
Producer(s) varied by episode
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) ITV
Broadcast
Original channel ITV Network (CITV)
Original run 12 September 1983 – 21 August 1989

Dramarama was a British children's anthology series broadcast on ITV between 1983 and 1989. The strand tended to feature single dramas with a science fiction, supernatural and occasionally satirical theme. It was created by Anna Home, then head of children's and youth programming at TVS, however the dramas themselves were produced by a total of twelve ITV regional companies. Thus, each episode was in practice a one-off production with its own cast and crew, up to and including the executive producer.

Dramarama was largely a showcase for new talent to television and offered debuts for Anthony Horowitz, Paul Abbott, Kay Mellor, Janice Hally, Tony Kearney,[2] David Tennant and Ann Marie Di Mambro. It was also one of Dennis Spooner's last works.[clarification needed]

One of the stories, Thames' Dodger, Bonzo And The Rest from 1984, proved so popular that it was spun off into its own series and Christmas special the following year - the series it starred Lee Ross and was based around a large foster home. Another story, Granada's Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night from 1988, was developed into the long-running series Children's Ward. The original Dramarama story was co-written by Paul Abbott and Kay Mellor - at the time, working as staff writers for Granada.

The series has rarely been repeated in recent years, although two episodes - Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night and Back to Front - were broadcast on the CITV Channel as part of a 30th anniversary weekend in January 2013.

Episodes[edit]

90 episodes (1983–89)

Series one (1983)[edit]

  1. Mighty Mum And The Petnappers (TVS)
  2. Rip It Up (TVS)
  3. Venchie (Tyne Tees)
  4. Jack And The Computer (TVS)
  5. Because I Say So (Central)
  6. Bully For Cosmo (Central)
  7. Messages (Tyne Tees)
  8. The Young Person's Guide To Getting Their Ball Back (TVS)
  9. Sweet Revenge (Central)
  10. The Restless Ghost (Thames)

Series two (1984)[edit]

  1. Night Of The Narrow Boats (Central)
  2. Fowl Pest (TVS)
  3. Dodger, Bonzo And The Rest (Thames)
  4. Que Sera (TVS)
  5. Stalemate (Central)
  6. Snoop! (Thames)
  7. Mr. Stabs (Thames)
  8. Josephine Jo (Central)
  9. The Purple People Eater (TVS)
  10. On Your Tod (Thames)
  11. The Old Firm: Two For Starters (Granada)
  12. Rachel And Rosie (TVS)

Series three (1985)[edit]

  1. Easy (TVS)
  2. The Coal Princess (Tyne Tees)
  3. Look At Me (Central)
  4. The Young Person's Guide To Going Backwards In The World (TVS)
  5. The Audition (Tyne Tees)
  6. The Universe Downstairs (TVS)
  7. A Proper Little Nooryeff (Central)
  8. Frog (TVS)
  9. Private Eye (Scottish)
  10. Emily (TVS)
  11. Silver (Scottish)
  12. The Golden Conch (HTV)
  13. Purple Passion Video (HTV West)

Series four (1986)[edit]

  1. The Come-Uppance of Captain Katt (TVS)
  2. A Couple Of Charlies (Central)
  3. Wayfarers (Scottish)
  4. Play Acting (HTV)
  5. Last Days At Black Bert's (TVS)
  6. Maureen Reid, Where Are You? (Scottish)
  7. Flashback (HTV West)
  8. Direct Action (TVS)
  9. Waiting For Elvis (Scottish)
  10. Just A Game (TVS)
  11. Flyaway Friend (Tyne Tees)
  12. Pig Ignorance (Thames)
  13. Jessie's Place (Thames)
  14. Frankie's Hat (Thames)

Series five (1987)[edit]

  1. Cannondrum (TVS)
  2. Snap (TVS)
  3. The Horrible Story (Thames)
  4. My Friend Julie (Thames)
  5. The Creature Beyond Torches' End (TVS)
  6. My Mum's A Courgette (Scottish)
  7. Brainwaves (Scottish)
  8. Undertow Of The Armada (Ulster)
  9. Stan's First Night (Scottish)
  10. Living Doll (TVS)
  11. Peter (Central)
  12. The Halt (Central)
  13. Mr Magus Is Waiting For You (Thames)
  14. Tam (HTV West)
  15. A Spirited Performance (HTV Wales)
  16. Badger On The Barge (Border)

Series six (1988)[edit]

  1. Forever Young (Granada)
  2. The Macramé Man (Scottish)
  3. The Wrong Button (Central)
  4. Bubbles (Granada)
  5. Blackbird Singing In The Dead Of Night (Granada)
  6. Big T For Trouble (Tyne Tees)
  7. Room For One More (Scottish)
  8. Making Waves (TVS)
  9. Just A Normal Girl (Husson Productions for Central)
  10. Now You See Them (TVS)
  11. Bogeymen (TVS)
  12. The Alien (Border)
  13. The Secret Of Croftmore (Scottish)
  14. The Bubblegum Brigade (HTV)
  15. Playing For Wales (HTV Wales)
  16. Snap Decision (Husson Productions for Central)

Series seven (1989)[edit]

  1. Codzmorf (TVS)
  2. Ghost Story (Granada)
  3. Badger (Granada)
  4. Back To Front (Yorkshire)
  5. Monstrous (HTV Wales)
  6. The Pisces Connection (HTV West)
  7. Rosie The Great (Teliesyn Productions for Thames)
  8. Snakes And Loofahs (KPO Ltd/Border)
  9. Just Wild About Harry (Tyne Tees)
  10. Mitchin (TSW)
  11. In The Pink (Husson Productions for Central)

Only four ITV companies of the time did not contribute to the series: Anglia, Channel, Grampian and LWT.

LWT most likely did not contribute because Dramarama was a weekday series (therefore Thames made London-based episodes). It is unknown why the other three did not produce episodes, although Channel could have refused owing to its small size.

Video[edit]

A videotape containing the episodes "Big T for Trouble", "Just Wild About Harry" and "Venchie" (all Tyne Tees productions) was released by Video Gems, c. 1990. It is now out of print.

DVD[edit]

All episodes produced by Thames Television have been released by Network DVD, who have also released the 1983 series Spooky which was shown under the Dramarama banner.

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