Uncle Max

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Uncle Max
Starring David Schneider (as Uncle Max)
William Howe (as Luke in Series 1), Jonathon Hanly (as Luke in Series 2)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Producer(s) Andy Rowley Little Bird Pictures
Running time 10 minutes
Release
Original release 13 February 2006 – 3 October 2008

Uncle Max is a British children's comedy television series originally airing on CITV,[1] and now CBBC. It features David Schneider as the title character, Uncle Max, and William Howe as Luke, Max's nine-year-old nephew, although in the second series Jonathon Hanly took over from William. The show is very similar in style to Mr. Bean, with the basic premise being that Uncle Max is incapable of embarking on any adventure without upsetting another individual or group of individuals in some shape or form.[2]

The first series was filmed in Johannesburg in South Africa[3] and produced by Andy Rowley [4] over a seven-week block in the summer of 2005, the show was written by David Schneider and 13 episodes were made for CITV and screened on the CITV channel in 2006. The second series was filmed in Galway, in Ireland.[5]

Schneider admitted in an interview for The Times that parts of the series are references to Laurel and Hardy; the majority of the footage is a tribute to the cartoons which Schneider grew up with, cartoons such as Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo and Wacky Races. Scheider also stated that the name of the Uncle is descended from his own uncle, Max Ward, who was born in Hastings but now lives in Hackney, London. Of his own Uncle Max, Schneider says that he used to get into all sorts of scrapes and adventures and would take the young David along for the ride.[6]

The programme contains very little spoken audio at all, instead vocal noises (such as gasping, grunting, moaning, panting, banging, sighing and a bit of broken vocal) similar to the type of voice Rowan Atkinson gives Mr. Bean in the animated series and the CITV show aimed for deaf children, Zzzap!. It is made by Little Bird Pictures and marketed as a silent comedy.[7] Many of the acts are over exaggerated as in many kids shows and done in slow motion to create some tension.

List of episodes[edit]

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Series 1 episodes with William Howe
Date Title
13 February 2006 "Uncle Max Goes for Pizza"
14 February 2006 "Uncle Max Looks after the Baby"
15 February 2006 "Uncle Max Goes to the Cinema"
16 February 2006 "Uncle Max Runs a Race"
17 February 2006 "Uncle Max Does The Washing"
20 February 2006 "Uncle Max Plays Golf"
21 February 2006 "Uncle Max Buys some Shoes"
22 February 2006 "Uncle Max Goes to the Arcade"
23 February 2006 "Uncle Max Goes Flying"
24 February 2006 "Uncle Max Walks the Dog"
27 February 2006 "Uncle Max Goes Bowling"
28 February 2006 "Uncle Max Goes to the Dentist"
1 March 2006 "Uncle Max Goes Camping"
Series 2 episodes with Jonathan Hanly
Date Title
11 July 2008 "Uncle Max Plays Tennis"
18 July 2008 "Uncle Max Goes to the Opera"
25 July 2008 "Uncle Max Goes to the Museum"
1 August 2008 "Uncle Max and the Wrestler"
8 August 2008 "Uncle Max Goes to a Wedding"
15 August 2008 "Uncle Max Builds a Shed"
22 August 2008 "Uncle Max and the Broken Vase"
29 August 2008 "Uncle Max Bakes A Cake"
5 September 2008 "Uncle Max at the Supermarket"
12 September 2008 "Uncle Max at Sports Day"
19 September 2008 "Uncle Max Goes Swimming"
26 September 2008 "Uncle Max Plays The Piano"
3 October 2008 "Uncle Max in the Wild West"

Broadcasting[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Little Bird News February 2008". Little Bird. February 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2007. 
  2. ^ "Shut up and make us laugh". The Times. 11 February 2006. Retrieved 5 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "Little Bird Feathers Its Nest from Joburg". Gauteng Film Commission. Retrieved 5 May 2009. 
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0494197/fullcredits
  5. ^ "Irish Production Gears up as a Number of Projects get the Green Light". The Irish Film Board. 17 April 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2009. 
  6. ^ Making of Uncle Max at broadcastfreelancer.com
  7. ^ Little Bird productions - Uncle Max

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