James the Cat

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James the Cat
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Created by Kate Canning
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 52
Production
Producer(s) Jan Clayton
Running time 5 minutes
Production company(s) Grampian Television
Distributor HiT Entertainment
Release
Original network ITV Network (CITV)
Original release 29 January 1984 – 24 December 1998

James the Cat was a British children's series created by Kate Canning and produced by Jan Clayton with Grampian Television. It chronicles the many events which take place at the Cornerhouse (number 104) between James and his new friends. Fellow characters include: Mrs. Lavender, a snail; Frida, a kangaroo; Citroen, a French frog; Rocky, a dimwitted rabbit; and Dennis, a pink fire-breathing Welsh-accented Chinese dragon. There is also a beehive in the garden at the Cornerhouse. Next door are Ma and Pa Rat, and their rat children.

Description[edit]

The program changes quite a bit between the two series. In the first, James is a newcomer to the garden at the Cornerhouse, and must learn to live with the other animals there. In the first episode of the second series, James becomes a diplomat (though sometimes he is referred to as a VIP). In subsequent episodes, he and the others travel to distant lands or receive important visitors. This show is also notable as the first show to ever air on the U.K. version of Nickelodeon, at 7:01am on 1 September 1993. It also premiered on PBS Kids Sprout in the United States, and it aired for four years (2005-2009).

Voices[edit]

Series 1 (1984)[edit]

  1. Friends (29 January 1984)
  2. The Rock Garden (5 February 1984)
  3. The Thunder-Storm (12 February 1984)
  4. Neighbours (19 February 1984)
  5. The Seaside (26 February 1984)
  6. Tea For Toad (4 March 1984)
  7. Sums (11 March 1984)
  8. Kites (18 March 1984)
  9. The Cornerhouse (25 March 1984)
  10. Big Top (1 April 1984)
  11. The Confused Goose (8 April 1984)
  12. The Playground (15 April 1984)
  13. James G.P. (29 April 1984)
  14. Bee Bop (6 May 1984)
  15. Pa Rat's Problem (13 May 1984)
  16. Lunch (20 May 1984)
  17. Treasure (27 May 1984)
  18. Arfur Mark (3 June 1984)
  19. The Take-Over (10 June 1984)
  20. Art Attack (17 June 1984)
  21. Water-Works (24 June 1984)
  22. The Dentist (1 July 1984)
  23. Slim Chance (8 July 1984)
  24. The Inventor (22 July 1984)
  25. The Greedy Caterpillar (29 July 1984)
  26. The Birthday Party (5 August 1984)

Series 2 (1998)[edit]

  1. James V.I.P. (14 May 1998)
  2. Little Bluey (21 May 1998)
  3. Memories (28 May 1998)
  4. Orange Aid (4 June 1998)
  5. Harvey The White Rabbit (11 June 1998)
  6. It Ain't Fair (18 June 1998)
  7. New Zealand Lamb (25 June 1998)
  8. Pyragiro Blues (2 July 1998)
  9. U.S Capers (9 July 1998)
  10. Sweetheart (23 July 1998)
  11. Nepali Puzzle (30 July 1998)
  12. Safari (6 August 1998)
  13. Fennimore's Friend (13 August 1998)
  14. Painted Lady (27 August 1998)
  15. Le Fireworks (10 September 1998)
  16. Indian Summer (17 September 1998)
  17. Legal Beagle (24 September 1998)
  18. Spring Time (29 October 1998)
  19. Dido the Dolphin (5 November 1998)
  20. Betsy Purplebottom (12 November 1998)
  21. Ups & Downs (19 November 1998)
  22. The Wish (26 November 1998)
  23. Caramba (3 December 1998)
  24. Catwalk (10 December 1998)
  25. China Tease (17 December 1998)
  26. Higgy Pop (24 December 1998)

Credits[edit]

  • Voices: Sean Arnold (1984), Alistair McGowan (1998)
  • Music: Gary Yershon
  • Animators: Sue Allen, Tony Guy
  • Camera: Mark Taylor
  • Editor: Nigel Ashcroft
  • Sound: Tim Partridge
  • S.W.P.A. Animation Team: Jane Gotts, Louise Waugh, Brian Anderson, Soft Cel (Cartoon Graphics)
  • Production Manager: Stephen J. Robin of The Production Studio
  • Script Consultant: Tony Marriott
  • Creator, Writer and Director: Kate Canning (Pictures Limited)
  • Producer: Jan Clayton of The Production Studio
  • Executive Producer: Angus Wright

A Grampian Television Production

Copyright (c) 1984, 1998 The James the Cat Company. All rights reserved.

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