The New Adventures of Black Beauty

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The New Adventures of Black Beauty
Genre Children
Drama
Starring Season 1 (1990-1991)
Amber McWilliams
William Lucas
Stacy Dorning

Season 2 (1992)
Rebecca Gooden
Caroline Winnall
Peter Evangelista
Michael Burkett
Theme music composer Denis King
Country of origin United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1990-1991: 1(UK), 2(US)
1992: 1
No. of episodes 1990-1991: 26
1992: 26
Production
Location(s) Season 1(1990-1991)
England, New Zealand

Season 2(1992)
Australia
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Season 1 (1990-1991)
Isambard Productions Ltd
The Fremantle Corporation
Beta/Taurus
London Weekend Television
7 Network

Season 2 (1992)
The Fremantle Corporation
Pro Films Pty Ltd
Beta Film
7 Network
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format Colour
Original run 1990 – 1992

The New Adventures of Black Beauty was a television drama series produced in the early 1990s. The show was produced first in New Zealand, then in Australia. The two different productions had different characters and plotlines, un-related except through the horse, Black Beauty.

The first season of the show was produced 1990-1991 by Isambard (Black Beauty) Productions Ltd in association with The Fremantle Corporation, and Beta Taurus produced the series primarily in New Zealand as a continuation of the 1972-1974 television drama series, The Adventures of Black Beauty. Set 20 years after the events of the earlier series, it featured two of the original characters, Dr James Gordon (played by William Lucas) and Jenny Gordon Denning (played by Stacy Dorning). The series was originally aired on ITV in the United Kingdom, and Isambard Productions Ltd produced 26 episodes in total. This production was subsequently aired in the US, where it was split into two seasons, aired in a different order, and with two episodes ("Horsepower" and "Horse Sense") possibly omitted in some markets.

In 1992, The Fremantle Corporation moved production to Australia with what was for all practical purposes an entirely new series with new characters and a plotline unrelated to the previous episodes. The only connection to earlier works is the use of material from the final episode of the 1990-1991 production, reworked and with a voice-over explaining that Beauty had been released into the Australian wild. This was shown at the beginning of the first episode of the new production.

Though video of the first production has been marketed on its own, the two productions are now being marketed on DVD and in syndication as a single television series, with the 1990-91 production billed as "Season 1" and the 1992 production billed as "Season 2".

In July 2009, Retro Television Network picked up all 104 episodes of The Adventures of Black Beauty (produced in England) and The New Adventures of Black Beauty (both the New Zealand and Australian seasons), and affiliates began airing them in sequence, listing all 104 episodes as simply Black Beauty.

Plot[edit]

Season 1 (1990-1991)

Unlike the original series, The Adventures of Black Beauty, which was set and made in England, The New Adventures of Black Beauty was set and made in New Zealand, apart from the first two episodes, which were set and made in England. The series focused upon the character of Victoria 'Vicky' Denning (played by Amber McWilliams). This series is set in the year 1907, twenty years after the original series, which was set in the 1880s, although this was never stated explicitly in the original series.

It begins with newlyweds Nigel and Jenny Denning preparing to go to his farm in New Zealand. Jenny is a veterinarian who has been working with her father. Nigel was previously married to the daughter of Lord Fordham, Sarah, who died and is buried at the colonial farm. Their daughter Victoria ("Vicky") has been staying with her grandfather when she has not been attending boarding school, during the two years her father has finished his medical studies in London.

Lord Fordham is opposed to Vicky returning to New Zealand with her father and tries an assortment of bribes and threats to keep her in England. In the end, he accepts that it is Vicky's wish to return to her birthplace with her father and new step-mother. Meanwhile, Vicky has been introduced to Jenny's horse, Black Beauty, and rides him regularly.

Nigel leaves ahead of Jenny and Vicky, so that he can prepare the farm for their arrival. News comes that his ship is late arriving to Singapore, and that wreckage was found. But some of the lifeboats were deployed, so there is still hope. Jenny and Vicky thus continue with their plans to return to the farm, arriving to find the former overseer has absconded with the livestock during Nigel and Vicky's two years in England, and the farm is almost a ruin.

But Jenny and Vicky are not deterred; and the stableboy and general hand, Manfred Groenwald, a young German immigrant, is still there and still willing to work. So, they set about making the farm ship-shape and Bristol fashion.

A letter arrives from England, from Jenny's father, to say that Black Beauty had died about a week after they left. The next night, a partly wild black horse appears from nowhere at the farm, with the same markings as Black Beauty - so that is what Vicky names him. And there the adventures truly begin, with Jenny's father coming to join them in New Zealand in the fourth episode.

As with the original 1970s series, the new series had the theme tune, "Galloping Home", written by Denis King and performed by the London String Chorale.

Season 2 (1992)

The second The New Adventures of Black Beauty is set in Australia and has no real connection with the characters (except for Beauty) and plot of the previous New Zealand production or with the original The Adventures of Black Beauty series.

Orphan Issabelle "Bella" Barret tries and fails to escape from the terrible conditions of an orphanage, after which she sets a mistreated black horse free. She makes a second, successful escape and stows away on the merchant vessel Astoria. During a storm, Astoria runs into a reef and breaks up. Bella is washed ashore to be rescued by a black horse. (Is it the same one she freed?) She and the horse are found by Doctor Austin. Her trauma has left Bella with amnesia, and she will only regain her memory slowly over time. All the while Bella and the horse are living on Doctor Austin's farm. Meanwhile, unsavory characters are about the land searching for gold that was supposedly lost aboard Astoria, and they soon realize Bella may be the key to their success.

As before, "Galloping Home" was the theme song for the series.

Main Cast[edit]

Season 1 (1990-1991)
Dr Jenny Denning – Stacy Dorning (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
Manfred Groenwald – Gedeon Burkhard (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
Dr. James Gordon – William Lucas (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
Victoria 'Vicky' Denning – Amber McWilliams (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
Frank Coats – David Bradshaw (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Hilda Burton – Ilona Rodgers (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Samuel Burton – Bill Kerr (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Isambard – Claire Chitham (9 episodes, 1990)
Constable Carmody – Andrew Robertt (5 episodes, 1990-1991)
Lewis Duncan – Timothy Raby (3 episodes, 1990)
Lord Fordham – Frederick Treves (2 episodes, 1990)
Nigel – Christian Burgess (2 episodes, 1990)

Season 2 (1992)
Isabela "Bella" Barrett - Rebecca Gooden
Doctor Austin - Peter Bensley
Connie - Caroline Winnall
Sergeant Pickles - Henry Salter
Weeks - Nicholas Bell
Walter - Peter Weiss
Ted - Peter Evangelista
Frank - Michael Burkett
Anna Swallow - Celia De Burgh
Potch - Edwin Hodgeman
Rudy Swallow - Patrick Frost
Mrs. Mac - Celine O'Leary
Aunt Caroline - Jenny Kent

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1990-1991) (as aired in the UK)
1 The Old World (1 Sep 1990)
2 A Horse Like Beauty (8 Sep 1990)
3 Breaking In (15 Sep 1990)
4 Ride a Black Horse (22 Sep 1990)
5 Deceptive Appearances (29 Sep 1990)
6 Fear of Water (6 Oct 1990)
7 Treasure Hunt (13 Oct 1990)
8 The Birdman (20 Oct 1990)
9 Different Races (20 Oct 1990)
10 A Question of Justice (27 Oct 1990)
11 Horsepower (10 Nov 1990 )
12 Horse Sense (17 Nov 1990)
13 Surprise (24 Nov 1990)
14 A Present for Beauty (1 Dec 1990)
15 The Sea Horses (8 Dec 1990)
16 Hope (15 Dec 1990)
17 At Risk (22 Dec 1990)
18 Greed Fever (29 Dec 1990)
19 The Poisoners (5 Jan 1991)
20 Bush Symphony (12 Jan 1991)
21 The Convicts (19 Jan 1991)
22 A Friend in Need (26 Jan 1991)
23 Out of Sight, Out of Mind (2 Feb 1991)
24 Deception (9 Feb 1991)
25 Call of the Wild (Part One) (16 Feb 1991)
26 Call of the Wild (Part Two) (23 Feb 1991)

Season 1 (1990-1991) (as aired in the US in two seasons, per TV.com)
Season One
1 The Old World
2 A Horse Like Beauty
3 Breaking In
4 Ride a Black Horse
5 Deceptive Appearances
6 Fear of Water
7 Treasure Hunt
8 The Birdman
9 Different Races
10 A Question of Justice
11 Out of Sight, Out of Mind
12 Deception

Season Two
1 A Friend in Need
2 Surprise
3 A Present for Beauty
4 The Sea Horses
5 Hope
6 At Risk
7 Greed Fever
8 The Poisoners
9 Bush Symphony
10 The Convicts
11 Call of the Wild (Part One)
12 Call of the Wild (Part Two)

Specials
1 Horsepower
2 Horse Sense

Season 2 (1992)
1 The Fugitive
2 Recovery
3 Gymkhana
4 The Run Away
5 Horse Thief
6 Accident
7 Daylight Robbery
8 The Search
9 Hunted
10 The Imposter
11 The Detectives
12 Trespasser
13 Haunted House
14 The Race
15 Gold Fever
16 The Arrival
17 Bella Remembers
18 The Fair
19 Eureka
20 Bella's Dilemma
21 Sweet Reward
22 The Petition
23 Held to Ramsom
24 The Exchange
25 Captured
26 The Wedding

Video releases[edit]

Questar,[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14] Gaiam Inc.,[15][16] Morningstar Entertainment,[17][18][19][20] and perhaps others [21][22][23][24] have released a number of one-episode and two-episode VHS volumes and sets, all of which appear to be limited to the New Zealand production.

Questar Entertainment released 24 of 26 episodes from the 1990-1991 production in a Region 1 six-DVD set, and billed as "Seasons One and Two of the Treasured Series". The season split and episode order for these DVDs is as for the "US airing"(shown above), minus the two "Specials", which were omitted from this DVD release. Despite being split into two seasons, only the entire set was available for purchase.

DVD Name Ep# Release date
The New Adventures of Black Beauty Seasons One & Two of the Treasured Series 24 29 June 2004[25]

Umbrella Entertainment released the 1990-1991 production on DVD for Australia in Region 4 and Region 0, billed as "The New Adventures of Black Beauty - 4-Disk Set". As with the previous release, this set seems to present the New Zealand production as the entire series. However, in this case, there is no attempt to split the set into two "seasons", and no episodes were omitted.

DVD Name Ep# Release date
The New Adventures of Black Beauty 26 10 March 2010[26]

Image Entertainment released both productions on DVD in Region 1 as two seasons of the same show. The Season 1 DVD set contains all 26 episodes of the 1990-1991 production, including the two omitted by Questar. The Season 2 DVD set contains all 26 episodes of the 1992 production.

DVD Name Ep# Release date
The New Adventures of Black Beauty: Season 1 26 12 January 2010[27]
The New Adventures of Black Beauty: Season 2 26 6 April 2010[28]

In 2012 Madacy Entertainment and Image Entertainment released "The Best of Black Beauty", a 10 disk Region 1 box set containing 42 episodes of The Adventures of Black Beauty and 44 episodes of The New Adventures of Black Beauty, with episodes from both the New Zealand and Australian productions.

Season/Series Ep# Release Date
The Best of Black Beauty 44, plus 42 more from the previous series 18 Sep 2012[29]

The New Adventures of Black Beauty episodes included in The Best of Black Beauty are:

Season 1 (1990-1991) all episodes included
Disc 1: The Old World, A Horse Like Beauty, Breaking In, Ride a Black Horse, Deceptive Appearances, Fear of Water, Treasure Hunt, The Birdman
Disc 2: Different Races, A Question of Justice, Horsepower, Horse Sense, Surprise, A Present for Beauty, The Sea Horses, Hope
Disc 3: At Risk, Greed Fever, The Poisoners, Bush Symphony, The Convicts, A Friend in Need, Out of Sight Out of Mind, Deception, Call of the Wild (Part One), Call of the Wild

Season 2 (1992) 8 episodes omitted
Disc 4: The Fugitive, Recovery, Gymkhana, The Run Away, Horse Thief, Accident, Daylight Robbery, The Search
Disc 5: Bella Remembers, The Fair, Eureka, Bella's Dilemma, Sweet Reward, The Petition, Held to Ramsom, The Exchange, Captured, The Wedding

For the rest of the episodes in this set, see The Adventures of Black Beauty.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty Vol 1. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty Vol 1". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. , 3 Jul 1995, 24 min?, NTSC
  2. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty Vol 2. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty Vol 2". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. , 3 Jul 1995, 60 min, NTSC
  3. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty Season One. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty Season One". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. , 30 Apr 2002, 6 tapes 360min, NTSC
  4. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty (3pc). "The New Adventures of Black Beauty (3pc)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. , 30 Apr 2002, 3 tapes 180 minutes, NTSC
  5. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty (2pc). "The New Adventures of Black Beauty (2pc)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. , 30 Apr 2002, 2 tapes 120 minutes, NTSC
  6. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty Seasons 1 & 2. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty Seasons 1 & 2". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. , 650 minutes
  7. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  8. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty Vol 3. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty Vol 3". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. , 60 min, NTSC
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  10. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty Vol 5 Different Races & A Question of Justice. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty Vol 5 Different Races & A Queston of Justice". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
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  12. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty Vol 6 Horsepower & Horse Sense. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty Vol 6 Horsepower & Horse Sense". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
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  14. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty "Breaking In" "Ride A Black Horse". "The New Adventures of Black Beauty "Breaking In" "Ride A Black Horse"". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  15. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty - Present. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty - Present". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. , 10 May 1995, NTSC
  16. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty - Call of the Wild Parts 1 & 2. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty - Call of the Wild Parts 1 & 2". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. , 10 May 1995, NTSC
  17. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty - Breaking In. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty - Breaking In". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  18. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty - Hope. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty - Hope". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  19. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty - A Present for Beauty. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty - A Present for Beauty". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  20. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty - Out of Sight Out of Mind, The Deception. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty - Out of Sight Out of Mind, The Deception". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  21. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty Vol 2. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty Vol 2". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  22. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty Vol 4 Treasure Hunt & The Birdman. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty Vol 4 Treasure Hunt & The Birdman". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  23. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty - Fear of Water. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty - Fear of Water". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  24. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  25. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty: Seasons One and Two. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty: Seasons One and Two". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  26. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty - 4 Disk Set. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty - 4-Disk Set". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  27. ^ The New Adventures of Black Beauty: Season One. "The New Adventures of Black Beauty: Season One". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  28. ^ New Adventures of Black Beauty: Season Two. "New Adventures of Black Beauty: Season Two". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  29. ^ The Best of Black Beauty. "The Best of Black Beauty". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 

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