Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings

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Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings
GenreChildren's television
Narrated byBernard Cribbins
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production
Running time5 minutes
Production company(s)FilmFair
Release
Original networkThames Television
Audio formatMonaural
Original release1974 – 1976

Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings is a British children's animated series about the adventures of a young child named Simon, who has a magic blackboard. Things that Simon draws on the chalkboard become real in the Land of Chalk Drawings, which Simon can enter by climbing over a fence near his home with a ladder. The stories often revolve around the unintended effects that Simon's drawings have on the Land of Chalk Drawings, such as when an upset Simon draws a picture of his angry self, which goes on a rampage.

The programme is based upon a series of four children's books by Edward McLachlan. It was produced in the mid 1970s by FilmFair Productions in London for Thames Television, and was originally a five-minute programme, broadcast around tea time in Britain. In the U.K., during the 1980s, the programme was shown during Pob's Programme on Channel 4. The programme also became familiar to American audiences in the mid-1970s when it was featured on Captain Kangaroo (where it was narrated by Bob Keeshan instead of Bernard Cribbins), later on Pinwheel, and after that, on Romper Room. In Canada, it was narrated by Ernie Coombs and shown on CBC Television, although TVOntario aired the British version.

Original episodes[edit]

Series one[edit]

  1. Simon Meets Henry
  2. Simon Meets the Teacher and Children
  3. Simon and the Chalk Drawing Band
  4. Simon and the Moon Rocket (part one)
  5. Simon and the Moon Rocket (part two)
  6. Simon and the Caveman
  7. Simon and the Sea
  8. Simon and the Chameleon
  9. Simon's Double
  10. Simon and the Elephant
  11. Simon and the Football Match
  12. Simon and the Return Match

Season two[edit]

  1. Simon and the Early Morning
  2. Simon and the Chalk Drawing Cars
  3. Simon and the Dinosaur
  4. Simon and the Knight
  5. Simon and the Rainbow
  6. Simon and the Pied Piper
  7. Simon and the Robot
  8. Simon and the Measles
  9. Simon and the Flags
  10. Simon and the Chalk Drawing Sports Day
  11. Simon and the Pop Singer
  12. Simon and the Detective

New series[edit]

Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings
GenreChildren's television
Country of originCanada
China
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes13 (65 shorts)
Production
Running time5 minutes
Release
Original networkTeletoon
Original release2 September (2002-09-02)[1] – 18 September 2002 (2002-09-18)[2]

A new series premiered in 2002 on Teletoon in Canada, with a new theme song, an updated and more casual outfit for Simon, a different colour scheme and narrated by Ernie Coombs. Simon's friend Henry is replaced with a girl named Lily. In this new version, Simon wears a striped T-shirt, shorts and sneakers.

Parody[edit]

The series was later parodied on NBC's Saturday Night Live by Mike Myers.[3] The sketches open with the same musical theme and lyrics, but take place in Simon's bathtub, where he shows and discusses his "drawerings" to viewers.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Fall 2002 Highlights: Teletoon" (Press release). Toronto: Teletoon. Channel Canada. 28 August 2002. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Television Program Logs". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 2016-03-02. Archived from the original on 2016-05-16.
  3. ^ O'Connell, Mark (2017). Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other Nontraditional Twenty-First-Century Weddings. Skyhorse. Retrieved 5 December 2018.

References[edit]

  • Sheridan, Simon (2004). The A to Z of Classic Children's Television. Reynolds & Hearn.

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