Dogtanian and the Three MuskehoundsOriginal Broadcast Run: October 1981 December 1981 (Spain), 1985 (UK)
UK TV Channel: BBC1
Whoever had the idea to take Alexandre Dumas' tales of d'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers and adapt them into a cartoon featuring dogs instead of humans is a complete genius! Unaware that his father was once a Muskehound (or Musketeer as the script disappointingly calls the elite guards of the King of France, despite their canine nature and the title of the show) Dogtanian is very surprised to be summoned to Paris (from his small, provincial home town of Bearn) by Monsieur Treville, the Captain of the Muskehounds, to join up as a cadet. As the protagonist of the series, Dogtanian works really well. Not only is he brave and loyal and skilful and everything else a hero should be, he is also sweet and vulnerable and a bit clumsy and awkward, which makes him very easy to like and to laugh at.
Dogtanian's journey to Paris and the adventures he experiences there before becoming a f
Count DuckulaOriginal Broadcast Run: September 1988 February 1993
UK TV Channel: ITV1
Count Duckula is one of several highly entertaining cartoons produced by Cosgrove-Hall during the '80s and '90s. It was a spin-off from the company's most widely known and popular show, Danger Mouse, which I do not seem to remember with the same clarity and fondness as many other children of the '80s. I remember watching DM (which ran from 1981 to 1992) as a small child, but I never enjoyed it as much as Count Duckula. After some serious thought, I have deduced that there are two plausible reasons for this the first is that I was probably a little too young to appreciate Danger Mouse in its absolute heyday, and the second is that I definitely prefer the vampire genre over that of secret agents and spies.
Yes, as its title suggests, this show was something of a parody of Bram Stoker's Dracula or at the very least, it was loosely based on said novel. Deep in the Carpathian Mountain
He-Man and She-RaOriginal Broadcast Run: September 1983 December 1987
UK TV Channel: ITV1
On the planet Eternia, a never-ending battle between good and evil is being played out. The ancient and mysterious Castle Grayskull holds the secrets and the power to control the universe, and the evil Skeletor will stop at nothing to procure them. The Sorceress of Grayskull enlists the aid of Eternia's young prince, Adam, in the eternal battle against the forces of evil. By holding aloft the Sword of Power, Prince Adam transforms into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe, while his cowardly pet tiger, Cringer, becomes the brave and mighty Battle Cat.
That's the premise of the show in a nutshell. As you can imagine, over two seasons of sixty-five episodes each (that's one hundred and thirty episodes in all) there turned out to be quite a bit more to it. The cartoon version of He-Man was originally made with the sole purpose of selling Mattel's Masters of the Universe toy
The Mysterious Cities of GoldOriginal Broadcast Run: May 1982 February 1983 (Japan); September 1986 June 1987 (UK)
UK TV Channel: BBC1
The Mysterious Cities of Gold is a thirty-nine part animated series that was co-produced by two television companies; one in Japan, the other in France. After the original Japanese and French language versions of the cartoon became immensely popular, it was dubbed into English by a Canadian company in the hopes that it would prove just as popular in the USA and the United Kingdom and boy, did it prove just as popular!
Ever since I first ventured into the extensive world of Internet TV nostalgia, The Mysterious Cities of Gold is a programme that I have seen mentioned again and again as a televisual masterpiece without equal. I used to have very vague memories of watching the show when I was about six years old, and I remembered that I had enjoyed it a lot, despite the fact that it had seemed somewhat protracted to me back then. Some t
Grange HillOriginal Broadcast Run: February 1978 September 2008
UK TV Channels: BBC1, BBC2, CBBC
Grange Hill was a Children's BBC drama series about everyday life in a North London secondary school, which was located (for the most part, at least) in the fictional London Borough of Northam. Because the show ran for thirty years, I could write about it for hours and still only scratch the surface, yet I shall strive to give you the flavour of an iconic show that really has become part of our national consciousness.
I say that Grange Hill was a drama series because I think this is the genre it generally fits into best, but there were also plenty of comedic moments from the outset. Grange Hill delivered genuinely amusing scenes just as well as it delivered hard-hitting, dramatic scenes, which I'm sure is partly why it was such a successful show. The best storylines were the ones that we at home could imagine - or even remember - going on in our own schools, although
The Book of Love: EpilogueEPILOGUE: THE REWARDS OF SUCCESS
The engine of the yellow, open-topped double-decker bus roared and strained as it struggled to pull the large, well loaded vehicle up one of the steepest roads in Whitby.
"He's pretty good, that tour guide, isn't he?" Beast Boy yelled over the din. "I wish we'd done this the last time we were here."
"I'd cut out a few of the deliberately awful jokes if I were him," Raven replied, "but I have to admit, I'm enjoying myself immensely. I certainly can't think of a better place than Whitby to spend a hundred and eighty-seven pounds."
"I reckon we can afford to spend another night here," said Beast Boy. "That's if they'll have us back in the hotel, of course, after you molested their cat this morning."
"Do you have to keep bringing that up?" Raven scowled. "I keep telling you, I only kissed the hotel cat because I thought it was you! It was only just dawn, the curtains were drawn, the stupid animal got into bed