James the Cat

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James the Cat
My name's James, James the Cat
Created by Kate Canning
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Production
Running time 5 minutes
Production company(s) Grampian Television
Distributor HIT Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel ITV Network (CITV)
Original run 29 January 1984 – 24 December 1998

James the Cat was a children's series created by Kate Canning and produced by Jan Clayton with Grampian Television. It chronicles the many events which take place at the Cornerhouse (number 104) between James and his new friends. Fellow characters include: Mrs. Lavender, a snail; Frida, a kangaroo; Citroen, a French frog; Rocky, a dimwitted rabbit; and Dennis, a pink fire-breathing Welsh-accented Chinese dragon. There is also a beehive in the garden at the Cornerhouse. Next door are Ma and Pa Rat, and their rat children. The opening music score of the program is sang by James The Cat, which he explains that " now I'm here, growing fat " and that he likes chasing birds and butterfly's.

The show changes quite a bit between the two seasons. In the first, James is a newcomer to the garden at the Cornerhouse, and must learn to live with the other animals there. In the first episode of the second season, James becomes a diplomat (though sometimes he is referred to as a VIP). In subsequent episodes, he and the others travel to distant lands or receive important visitors. Despite the fact that he can't spell, James is a perfect choice for a diplomat, as he is a tuxedo cat, and quite pompous.


Each episode runs for about 5 minutes.

This show is also notable as the first show to ever air on the UK version of Nickelodeon, at 7:01am on 1 September 1993. It also premiered on PBS Kids Sprout too. [1]

Voices[edit]

Series 1 (1984)[edit]

  • Friends (29 January 1984)
  • The Rock Garden (5 February 1984)
  • The Thunder-Storm (12 February 1984)
  • Neighbours (19 February 1984)
  • The Seaside (26 February 1984)
  • Tea For Toad (4 March 1984)
  • Sums (11 March 1984)
  • Kites (18 March 1984)
  • The Cornerhouse (25 March 1984)
  • Big Top (1 April 1984)
  • The Confused Goose (8 April 1984)
  • The Playground (15 April 1984)
  • James G.P. (29 April 1984)
  • Bee Bop (6 May 1984)
  • Pa Rat's Problem (13 May 1984)
  • Lunch (20 May 1984)
  • Treasure (27 May 1984)
  • Arfur Mark (3 June 1984)
  • The Take-Over (10 June 1984)
  • Art Attack (17 June 1984)
  • Water-Works (24 June 1984)
  • The Dentist (1 July 1984)
  • Slim Chance (8 July 1984)
  • The Inventor (22 July 1984)
  • The Greedy Caterpillar (29 July 1984)
  • The Birthday Party (5 August 1984)

Series 2 (1998)[edit]

  • James V.I.P. (14 May 1998)
  • Little Bluey (21 May 1998)
  • Memories (28 May 1998)
  • Orange Aid (4 June 1998)
  • HARVEY The White Rabbit (11 June 1998)
  • It Ain't Fair (18 June 1998)
  • New Zealand Lamb (25 June 1998)
  • Pyragiro Blues (2 July 1998)
  • U.S Capers (9 July 1998)
  • Sweetheart (23 July 1998)
  • Nepali Puzzle (30 July 1998)
  • Safari (6 August 1998)
  • Fennimore's Friend (13 August 1998)
  • Painted Lady (27 August 1998)
  • Le Fireworks (10 September 1998)
  • Indian Summer (17 September 1998)
  • Legal Beagle (24 September 1998)
  • Spring Time (29 October 1998)
  • Dido the Dolphin (5 November 1998)
  • Betsy Purplebottom (12 November 1998)
  • Ups & Downs (19 November 1998)
  • The Wish (26 November 1998)
  • Caramba (3 December 1998)
  • Catwalk (10 December 1998)
  • China Tease (17 December 1998)
  • Higgy Pop (24 December 1998)

Credits[edit]

Executive Producer 
Angus Wright
Voices 
Sean Arnold (1984), Alistair McGowan (1998)
Music 
Gary Yershon
Animators 
Sue Allen, Tony Guy
Camera 
Mark Taylor
Editor 
Nigel Ashcroft
Sound 
Tim Partridge
S.W.P.A. Animation Team 
Jane Gotts, Louise Waugh, Brian Anderson, Soft Cel (Cartoon Graphics)
Production Manager 
Stephen J. Robin of The Production Studio
Script Consultant 
Tony Marriott
Creator, Writer and Director 
Kate Canning (Pictures Limited)
Producer 
Jan Clayton of The Production Studio
Taped at 
Kaufman Astoria Studios
A Grampian Television Production
(c)1984 The James the Cat Company.

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