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Richard Carpenter obituary

5 March 2012 5:45 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor and children's television writer known for Catweazle, Robin of Sherwood and The Borrowers

Richard Carpenter, who has died of a blood clot aged 82, brought intelligent, imaginative entertainment to generations of young television viewers through the fantasy series he created. After almost two decades as an actor, he found his first success as a writer with Catweazle (1970-71), starring Geoffrey Bayldon as a dishevelled, eccentric, 11th-century magician transported to the 20th century. Comic misunderstandings were mixed with slapstick as Catweazle befriended a farmer's son, Carrot (played by Robin Davies), who unravelled for him modern-day mysteries such as "electrickery" and the "telling-bone".

In the second series, Carpenter had Catweazle searching for symbols of the 13 signs of the Magic Zodiac and being taken in by another boy, Cedric (Gary Warren), at his parents' country estate. "I've always been interested in the person who is outside society," said Carpenter in a 1990 interview with the magazine Time Screen. »

- Anthony Hayward

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Richard Carpenter obituary

5 March 2012 5:45 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor and children's television writer known for Catweazle, Robin of Sherwood and The Borrowers

Richard Carpenter, who has died of a blood clot aged 82, brought intelligent, imaginative entertainment to generations of young television viewers through the fantasy series he created. After almost two decades as an actor, he found his first success as a writer with Catweazle (1970-71), starring Geoffrey Bayldon as a dishevelled, eccentric, 11th-century magician transported to the 20th century. Comic misunderstandings were mixed with slapstick as Catweazle befriended a farmer's son, Carrot (played by Robin Davies), who unravelled for him modern-day mysteries such as "electrickery" and the "telling-bone".

In the second series, Carpenter had Catweazle searching for symbols of the 13 signs of the Magic Zodiac and being taken in by another boy, Cedric (Gary Warren), at his parents' country estate. "I've always been interested in the person who is outside society," said Carpenter in a 1990 interview with the magazine Time Screen. »

- Anthony Hayward

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Screenwriter Carpenter Dies

1 March 2012 8:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British screenwriter Richard Carpenter has died at the age of 78.

Carpenter, best known as the creator of kids' TV series Catweazle, passed away after suffering a heart attack on Sunday.

He worked as an actor in the 1960s, before going on to write all 26 episodes of 1970s cult show Catweazle, for which he scooped a Writers Guild award for Best Children's TV Drama Script.

Carpenter went on to write the 1980s TV show Robin of Sherwood, which starred Michael Praed and then Sir Sean Connery's son Jason in the title role.

His credits also include work on The Adventures of Black Beauty, The Famous Five, The Ghosts of Motley Hall, and a TV adaptation of The Borrowers.

Carpenter was honoured with a Children's Bafta award in 2000. »

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Ted Dicks obituary

3 February 2012 4:39 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Composer of witty hits for Bernard Cribbins and the theme for the TV series Catweazle

The composer Ted Dicks, who has died aged 83, was best known for the comic songs Right, Said Fred and The Hole in the Ground. The producer George Martin, who commissioned them, praised both songs for their "clever lyrics and quirky melodies, which hung together so neatly, leaving plenty of space for us to create a sound picture. All we had to do was add the right sound effects and musical arrangements." Dicks also wrote television scripts and theme songs for films and television, including the cult children's series Catweazle (1970-71).

He was born in north London, the son of a postal worker, Fred Dicks, and his wife, Violet. He attended Hornsey School of Art before being called up for national service. Following his two years in the Raf, Dicks won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art. »

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