King Rollo

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For the tenth-century Viking ruler, see Rollo of Normandy.
King Rollo
Genre Animation
Written by David McKee
Narrated by Ray Brooks
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Running time 5 minutes
Production company(s) King Rollo Films
Original network BBC1
Original release 1 October – 24 December 1980

King Rollo was a children's character created by David McKee in 1979, 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, 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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