James the Cat

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James the Cat
Created byKate Canning
Voices ofSean Arnold
Alistair McGowan
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes52
Producer(s)Jan Clayton
Running time5 minutes
Production company(s)Grampian Television
The Britt Allcroft Company (1998 Series)
DistributorHiT Entertainment
Original networkITV Network (CITV) (Original Series)
Channel 5 (Milkshake!) (1998 Series)
Original release10 March 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.


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!

James The Cat will be released in two volumes of Season 1 and in a playpack with Flight Squad (With three episodes in the play pack) are available for the iTunes store in the United States


There were two VHS tapes released by Tempo Video.

VHS Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
James the Cat
and Friends
V9005 1987
  • Friends
  • Rock Garden
  • The Corner House
  • The Inventor
  • The Takeover
  • Art Attack
  • Treasure
  • The Greedy Caterpillar
Out and About with James the Cat V9006 1987
  • Seaside
  • Kites
  • Lunch
  • Sums
  • The Big Top
  • Thunderstorm

Screen Entertainment also released one VHS tape.

VHS Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
James the Cat: Neighbors SE 9002 1988
  • Tea for Toad
  • The Confused
  • Playground
  • Bee Bop
  • Par Rats Problem
  • Waterworks
  • Dentist
  • Slim Chance
  • The Birthday Party

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