Marmalade Atkins

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Marmalade Atkins
Created byAndrew Davies
Written byAndrew Davies
StarringCharlotte Coleman
John Bird
Lynda Marchal
Theme music composerBad Manners
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series2
No. of episodes21 (inc. pilot episode)
Production company(s)Thames Television
Original networkITV Network (CITV)
Original release2 November 1981 –
20 February 1984

Marmalade Atkins is a children's fictional character created by the writer Andrew Davies. Marmalade first appeared in the book Marmalade and Rufus in 1979, and the character was later brought to television in 1981 in which she was played by the actress Charlotte Coleman.


A hair-raising teenage rebel, Marmalade made her TV debut in the one-off Marmalade Atkins in Space broadcast in 1981 as part of the Theatre Box series.[1][2] This was followed by two ten-part series entitled Educating Marmalade in 1982-83,[3] and Danger: Marmalade At Work in 1984,[4] both of which continued to feature Coleman in the lead role.

Also featuring John Bird[5] and Lynda Marchal as her parents Mr & Mrs Atkins (the latter replaced by Carol MacReady for the Marmalade at Work series), the programmes were produced by Thames Television for ITV. The show's creator, Andrew Davies, went on to author a series of Marmalade Atkins books.[6] The theme track for Educating Marmalade was written and performed by Bad Manners.[7]


  1. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | MARMALADE ATKINS IN SPACE (1981)". 16 April 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
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  3. ^ "Bfi | Film & Tv Database | Educating Marmalade". Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Bfi | Film & Tv Database | Danger - Marmalade At Work". Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  5. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | SHAME (1984)". 16 April 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  6. ^ "h2g2 - 'Marmalade Atkins' by Andrew Davies". BBC. 18 February 2004. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Educating Marmalade". TV Cream. Retrieved 4 July 2010.

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