James the Cat
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|James the Cat|
|Created by||Kate Canning|
|Voices of||Sean Arnold
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||52|
|Running time||5 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Grampian Television|
|Original network||ITV Network (CITV), Milkshake! Channel 5|
|Original release||10 March 1986 – 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.
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). The show was revived in 1998 for Channel Five's Milkshake!