Spatz

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Spatz
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Format Sitcom
Created by Andrew Bethell
Starring Vas Blackwood
Jennifer Calvert
Stephanie Charles
Jonathan Copestake
Sue Devaney
Joe Greco
Paul Michael
Katy Murphy
Ling Tai
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 33
Production
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Thames Television
Distributor FremantleMedia
Broadcast
Original channel ITV Network (CITV)
Original run 21 February 1990 (1990-02-21) – 10 April 1992 (1992-04-10)
Chronology
Related shows Mike & Angelo

Spatz is a children's comedy series that ran on CITV during the 1990s, produced by Thames Television and created by Andrew Bethell. The show originally ran from 21 February 1990 to 10 April 1992. The show centred around a fast food restaurant situated in a fictional shopping mall in Cricklewood, London. It was operated by two Canadians, Karen Hansson (Jennifer Calvert), Spatz International's European Co-ordinator, and Thomas "TJ" Strickland (Paul Michael), the restaurant's manager. Vas Blackwood, Stephanie Charles, Jonathan Copestake, Sue Devaney, Joe Greco, Katy Murphy and Ling Tai appeared as Spatz restaurant employees. Guest stars included David Harewood, Rhys Ifans, Gary Lineker, Danny John-Jules and Nicholas Parsons.[1]

History[edit]

Spatz was devised by Andrew Bethell as a drama for teenagers set in a 1930s themed burger bar, so named because spats might have been worn there. Alan Horrox at Thames Television bought the concept and title and passed them to Grant Cathro and Lee Pressman, already established at Thames Television as the writers of T-Bag and creators of Mike and Angelo, to develop Spatz as a sitcom. While updating the setting to a standard fast food restaurant, the name Spatz was retained, with the writers noting that it suggested spats or disagreements.

Series 1 of Spatz was a co-production between Thames Television and Canada's YTV. From Series 2 onwards, Spatz was produced solely by Thames Television.[2]

Old Skool Weekend[edit]

On 6 January 2013, an episode of Spatz from 1992 ("Tango", the third episode of Series 3) was repeated on CITV as part of its 30th anniversary Old Skool Weekend.

Transmissions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1
21 February 1990
16 May 1990
13
2
3 January 1991
4 April 1991
13
3
28 February 1992
10 April 1992
7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC - Comedy Guide - Spatz". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  2. ^ "Spatz Episode Guide". Glad You Remember. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 

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