Here's Humphrey

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Here's Humphrey
Genre pre-school
Starring Humphrey B. Bear
Voices of Ross Hutchinson
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 40
No. of episodes 1776
Production
Location(s) Adelaide, South Australia
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Banksia Productions
Release
Original network Nine Network
Picture format Black & White (1965-1975)
PAL (1975-2000)
576i (SDTV) (2000-2008)
1080i (HDTV) (2008)
Audio format Mono (1965-1975)
Stereo (1975-2008)
Dolby Digital 5.1 (2008)
Original release 24 May 1965 – 2008

Here's Humphrey was an Australian children's television series first aired on Monday 24 May 1965 on the Nine Network. It featured a character known as Humphrey B. Bear. In the early days Humphrey was known as Bear Bear and was named Humphrey B. Bear as the result of an on-air competition. Here's Humphrey has become one of the most successful programs for pre-schoolers in Australia and is one of the longest running children’s television programs in the world.

The program has appeared on the Nine Network in Australia, on the PBS Network in the USA, in Hispanic countries on the Spanish language cable network GalaVision, across Asia on The Australia Network, which spans 46 countries with an estimated audience of 144 million. He has aired in the Middle East, South Africa, The Mediterranean, UK, Singapore and Malaysia, and entertained and educated children in 55 languages worldwide.

Production[edit]

It was recorded mainly in NWS-9 Adelaide by Banksia Productions.

On 14 February 2007 the Nine Network announced that it would record a new Here's Humphrey series for the first time since 2003.[1] The episodes started airing in December 2007, featuring a few minor tweaks to the show's set, presenters, segments, and layout.

The Curiosity Show started as a segment in Here's Humphrey before being spun off into a separate show in 1972.

Under Australian government regulations for pre-school programming on commercial television, Here's Humphrey is aired without commercial breaks.

History and Awards[edit]

Year Highlight/Award
1965 A star is born

Release of Theme Song #1

Competition to rename "Bear Bear" and the winner is "Humphrey"    

1968 First Plush Toy Released
1969 1st Logie Award - Best Children's TV Series    
1975 Parents Without Partners Distinguished Service to Children Award
1978 2nd Logie Award - Favourite Children's Personality    

Gold Record for outstanding sales of "Look There's Humphrey Bear'' Music Record

Festival of Light Award    

1979 Television Society of Australia Individual Achievement 
1982 3rd Logie Award - Best Children's TV Series

Penguin Award - Best Children's Personality    

1990 Release of Theme Song #2
1994 Citizenship Award

Release of Mandarin/Chinese version

Release of Theme Song #3    

1998 Launch on "Here's Humphrey" USA Series as part of "Someday School" on PBS    
1999 Launch of Humphrey Australia Post Postage Stamp

Launch of "Hispanic Humphrey" Series on Galavision

Humphrey for President Campaign    

2003 Humphrey becomes Heritage Listed and a National Trust Icon    

Known Performers of Humphrey[edit]

  • Glynn Nicholas
  • Rev. Ross Hutchinson
  • John Maclean
  • Edwin Duryea

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Humphrey Bear lives on - TV & Radio - Entertainment - smh.com.au

External links[edit]