Scratchy & Co.

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Scratchy & Co.
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GenreChildren's entertainment
StarringRonni Ancona
Elliot Henderson-Boyle
Mark Speight
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series4
No. of episodes72
Production
Running time75–105 minutes
Production companyMentorn for Central
Release
Original networkITV
Picture formatPAL
Original release6 May 1995 (1995-05-06) –
25 April 1998 (1998-04-25)

Scratchy & Co. is a British children's entertainment show that aired on ITV on Saturday mornings from 6 May 1995 to 25 April 1998.

Premise[edit]

Scratchy & Co. starred Elliot Henderson-Boyle as "Reg" and Mark Speight as "Scratchy". Other characters included Annabel and a Scottish girl, both played by comedian and impressionist Ronni Ancona. The main gimmick of the show was that the cast wore "solid rubber wigs" and eccentric jackets. A stylistic similarity might be noted between this approach and Max Headroom. This format only lasted for its first series.

Later series introduced other characters such as Sedgely the penguin and Fathead the football.

From the second series, the show moved away from the original Max Headroom-esque style, into a studio where Scratchy (now minus the rubber wig) sat behind a desk, with Reg behind a window. At this point, guests were invited into the studio and interviewed. However, most of the characters which had been introduced earlier were dropped.

Gail Porter was a frequent guest presenter in the third and fourth series.

The show was nominated for a BAFTA.[1] It was axed after the fourth series in 1998 as part of a revamp of CITV's Saturday morning line-up which took effect that autumn with the launch of SMTV Live and CD:UK.

Transmission guide[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1
6 May 1995
[2]
16 December 1995
[3]
21
2
4 May 1996
[4]
24 August 1996
[5]
17
3
4 January 1997
26 April 1997
17
4
3 January 1998
25 April 1998
17


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mark Speight". Telegraph. 14 April 2008. Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  2. ^ The making of a diarist. Author: David Flusfeder. Date: Saturday, May 6, 1995 Publication: The Times (London, England)
  3. ^ Saturday, Dec. 16, 1995. Publication: The Times (London, England). Issue: 65452
  4. ^ Saturday, May 4, 1996. Publication: The Times (London, England). Issue: 65571
  5. ^ Saturday, Aug. 24, 1996. Publication: The Times (London, England). Issue: 65,667

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