Harry's Mad

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Harry's Mad
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Harry's Mad title screen.
Genre Comedy/Drama
Created by Dick King-Smith
Written by David Lloyd
Mark Billingham
Starring Anthony Asbury
(Madison voice)
Gareth Parrington
(Harry Holdsworth)
Jackie Lye
(Angie Holdsworth)
Mike Walling
(John Holdsworth)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 36
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Central Independent Television
Distributor ITV Studios
Original network ITV Network (CITV)
Picture format 720x576 (4:3)
Original release 4 January 1993 (1993-01-04) – 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11)

Harry's Mad was a children's television programme that was shown in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on CITV from 4 January 1993 to 11 March 1996. It is based upon a book written by Dick King-Smith.


Madison (animatronic parrot).

The show begins when Harry Holdsworth (Gareth Parrington) inherits his American great-uncle George's macaw named Madison. At first, the Holdsworth family are not very pleased with their new pet, but they soon start to notice that Madison is no ordinary parrot, and that he is highly intelligent and very articulate. He becomes an instant family member. As well as getting the Holdsworths out of many problems, Madison is also the cause of many too. Terry Crumm (Mark Billingham) hears about Madison's intelligence and sets out to steal him on many occasions, but most of the time Madison foils his plans and saves the day.

Harry Holdsworth and Madison
(real parrot).

In the third series, the family sell their house and move to a rather run down hotel which they took over when Aunt Agatha moved to America. Harry is studying for his GCSEs back at his old school and so is not featured much in this series. Instead, Hattie, played by Amy Butterworth, and Jools, played by Richard Castillo, Aunt Agatha's adopted children, take his place.

In the fourth and final series, Jools leaves the family and Harry returns from his GCSEs

Many guest stars appeared in Harry's Mad including Dave Lee Travis, Michaela Strachan and Steve Davis.

The parrot[edit]

Madison was played by a living parrot in only certain scenes that required the view of his full body, such as when he was flying or perched on Harry's arm. In most other scenes, however, an animatronic parrot was used to allow Madison to talk and interact with other characters properly.


  • Although the animatronic parrot was mostly accurate, there is one revealing mistake, the animatronic parrot has a totally grey beak while the real parrot has a black and white beak.
  • Whilst Madison is a Macaw in this series, in the original book, he is an African Grey Parrot.[1]


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