Glen Michael

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Glen Michael
Born Cecil Buckland
(1926-05-16) 16 May 1926 (age 90)
Devon, England
Residence Ayr, Scotland
Nationality British
Known for Glen Michael's Cartoon Cavalcade
Spouse(s) Beryl

Glen Michael, born Cecil Buckland (born 16 May 1926), is a former children's television presenter and an entertainer. His career at Scottish Television spanned several decades with the popular show Glen Michael's Cartoon Cavalcade. He was born in Devon, England, but has found the majority of his success in Scotland.

Early career[edit]

Born in 1926, Michael began his career as an entertainer on stage for the army and worked his way up with his many shows that encompassed his talent for comedy, in particular, impersonations. Upon leaving his native England for the theatre circuit of Scotland, he found further success in stage shows with Scottish comedians Rikki Fulton and Jack Milroy. Michael also made an uncredited appearance as "Larry" in the police drama The Blue Lamp in 1950; he and his date witnessed the shooting of Jack Warner (Dixon of Dock Green) as they entered a cinema.[citation needed]

Television years[edit]

Michael eventually turned his attention to television, starring in many Scottish Television productions and dramas including:

  • Living with computers [1]
  • Howard and Wyndham's Five Past Eight Show
  • Over to Una, a comedy show with Una McLean
  • Search for beauty
  • Grand Tour
  • "Taggart" (Episode: Legends)
  • Friends and Neighbours
  • Would you believe it (late 1970s)
  • Francie and Josie; Michael played many parts including Josie's cousin when Jack Milroy was ill
  • The Rikki Fulton hour
  • High Living[citation needed]

He also starred in several one-off plays for the BBC and STV.

Glen Michael's Cartoon Cavalcade[edit]

Michael on the set of Cartoon Cavalcade

Michael achieved success with his own show, which he presented, produced and wrote Glen Michael's Cartoon Cavalcade/ (Glen Michael's Cavalcade) began a record-breaking run of 26 years starting on 6 April 1966.[2] Cavalcade has been broadcast on at least three other ITV stations, Southern Television: 1966-1967, Westward: 1967–69 and Grampian TV also broadcast the series in the early 1970s and again the early 1980s. Originally broadcast as Cartoon Cavalcade went out on during the week around 5 pm until 1972, when it moved to Saturdays. From 5 January 1974[3] the programme moved to a Sunday afternoon slot and renamed Glen Michael's Cartoon Cavalcade. For one series from September 1986 – June 1987 the series went out on a Saturday morning at 11.15, before return to Sunday afternoon. From January 1989 – December 1992 the series was reduced to 30 min fixed slot, broadcasting on Sundays at 10:45 am, but on a few occasions was moved to later time slot.

The show is remembered by people in Scotland as their first exposure to many famous cartoons and for Michael's companions Paladin the talking lamp, Totty the Robot and dogs Rudi and Rusti.[4] The readings of children's birthday cards that viewers had sent in was also very popular, with Michael also sending birthday cards personally to those who could not have their cards read on air. In 1966, then again from 1970 onwards the show also broadcast on most Christmas and New Year's Days, until 1989. One last New year special was broadcast on 1 January 1991. Scottish Television replace cavalcade with a number of new kids programming from 1993, including Skoosh and Wemyss Bay 902101.[5]

Other work[edit]

Michael presented a weekly show on Saga FM every Sunday, playing songs from stage shows and classic records. When Saga FM was bought by Real Radio company GMG Radio, Michael decided not to move across to Smooth Radio. Michael also starred in several pantomimes with Jack Milroy and completed many runs at the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow, the Gaiety Theatre, Ayr and the Edinburgh Kings in various productions and plays. Michael made a brief cameo in an episode of the BBC series VideoGaiden, playing himself in a speaking role. In the episode, Michael receives a coconut and some flowers in the mail (in an attempt to recreate the Nintendo game Animal Crossing) and sends a thankful letter in response.[6]

Later life[edit]

With the end of "Cavalcade", Michael continued working, taking a touring version of the show around Scotland to primary schools. He was assisted by his wife of many years, Beryl.[4] Mark Millar, writer of the comic book Kick-Ass, helped Michael to get a cameo role in the film version of the comic-book series.[7] Miller said that Cartoon Cavalcade inspired him to become a writer and none of his comic books would exist if it wasn't for Michael and his show.[8] His part, however, was cut from the final edit.[9] Michael said, "I never expected to be in it at all. I think it was meant as a gesture. I think they were trying to make me feel like a real star. I had a trailer which was as big as a coach."[8] Michael did attend the premiere of the movie in London. In 2008 Michael released an autobiography called Life's a Cavalcade, in which he tells how he worked his way to becoming a performer, his life in the army and how he ended up in Scotland.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scottish Screen Archive - Full record for 'LIVING WITH COMPUTERS'". ssa.nls.uk. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  2. ^ The Glasgow Herald — 6 Apr 1966
  3. ^ The Glasgow Herald — 5 Jan 1974
  4. ^ a b News report on Glen Michael at his 88th birthday
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3204280/
  6. ^ "YouTube". videoGaiden: Rab and Ryan Go Animal Crossing. Retrieved March 2009.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ "Ayrshire Post". Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  8. ^ a b "Daily record". Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  9. ^ "Scottish sun". The Sun. London. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  10. ^ Hardcover: 224 pages Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (18 Sept. 2008) Language: English ISBN 1841587508 ISBN 978-1841587509

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