Pardon My Genie

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Pardon My Genie
Genre Children's television series
Created by Bob Block
Written by Bob Block
Directed by Robert Reed
Vic Hughes
Starring Ellis Jones
Roy Barraclough
Hugh Paddick
Joe Dunlop
Lynnette Erving
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Producer(s) Daphne Shadwell
Running time c.25 minutes
Original network ITV
Audio format Monaural
Original release 10 April 1972 (1972-04-10) – 23 April 1973 (1973-04-23)

Pardon My Genie (1972–73) was a children's comedy series produced by British ITV contractor Thames Television, and written by Bob Block who later created Rentaghost.

The premise was that a magic genie (Hugh Paddick) appeared in present-day Britain, summoned by a young apprentice named Hal Adden, a pun that goes some way towards characterising the series. Various comical misunderstandings arise, primarily aimed at youngsters. Arthur White replaced Paddick for the second run of thirteen episodes. Throughout both series, Hal was played by Ellis Jones, with Roy Barraclough as his long-suffering boss, Mr Cobbledick.

The first series of 13 episodes was released on DVD on 22 September 2009. The second series of 13 episodes was released on 1 July 2013.

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