Scratchy & Co.

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Scratchy & co.
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Genre Children's
Entertainment
Starring Ronni Ancona
Elliot Henderson-Boyle
Mark Speight
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 72
Production
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 75 to 105 minutes
(including adverts)
Production company(s) Mentorn for Central
Broadcast
Original channel ITV Network (CITV)
Picture format 4:3
Original run 6 May 1995 (1995-05-06) – 25 April 1998 (1998-04-25)

Scratchy & co. was a CITV show, which was broadcast at certain periods from 6 May 1995 to 25 April 1998, which replaced What's up, Doc? as the Saturday morning ITV show.[1]

Premise[edit]

Scratchy & co. starred Elliot Henderson-Boyle as "Reg" and Mark Speight as "Scratchy". Other characters included Annabel and a Scottish girl, both played by comedian and impressionist Ronni Ancona. The main gimmick of the show was that the cast wore "solid rubber wigs" (not to be confused with the character of "Sam the Lift" in CBBC's Incredible games) and eccentric jackets. A stylistic similarity might be noted between this approach and Max Headroom.

Later series introduced other characters such as Sedgely the penguin and Fathead the football.

Later on, the series moved away from the original Max Headroom-esque style, into a studio where Scratchy (now minus the rubber wig) sat behind a desk, with Reg behind a window. At this point, guests were invited into the studio and interviewed. However, most of the characters which had been introduced earlier were dropped.

Gail Porter was a frequent guest presenter in the third and the fourth (final) series.

The show was nominated for a BAFTA.[2]

Transmission guide[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1
6 May 1995
16 December 1995
21
2
4 May 1996
24 August 1996
17
3
4 January 1997
26 April 1997
17
4
3 January 1998
25 April 1998
17

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/series/24870 British Film Institute - Scratchy & co.
  2. ^ Last Updated: 2:12AM BST 14 Apr 2008 (2008-04-14). "Mark Speight". Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 

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