King Rollo

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King Rollo
Written byDavid McKee
Narrated byRay Brooks
Composer(s)Duncan Lamont
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Running time5 minutes
Production company(s)King Rollo Films
Original networkBBC1
Original release1 October –
24 December 1980

King Rollo is a children's character, who was created by David McKee in 1980, starring in a series of books, animations narrated by Ray Brooks, and a comic strip in the magazine Buttons. Thirteen episodes of the animation were produced in 1980 by McKee's own King Rollo Films, and were originally shown as part of the pre-school 'See-Saw' strand.

The central character of the stories was Rollo himself, a childlike king who was always in need of advice and assistance from his friends. Among these were The Magician (a father figure); Cook (the king's cook, a mother figure, who was arguably the real ruler of the kingdom); his neighbour and girlfriend, Queen Gwen; King Frank; and Rollo's cat, Hamlet, who was generally portrayed as wiser than Rollo himself.

The animations used the same colourful cut-out paper look as McKee's other works, such as Mr Benn. The characters' legs would rotate outwards when walking until they were at right-angles to the sides of their body.[clarification needed]

Episode Listing[edit]

  • The Bread (1 October 1980)
  • The Playroom (8 October 1980)
  • The Bath (15 October 1980)
  • The Dishes (22 October 1980)
  • The New Shoes (29 October 1980)
  • The Breakfast (5 November 1980)
  • The Tree (12 November 1980)
  • The Comic (19 November 1980)
  • King Frank (26 November 1980)
  • The Birthday (3 December 1980)
  • The Balloons (10 December 1980)
  • The Search (17 December 1980)
  • The Dog (24 December 1980)


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