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This UK series about a magician from the norman times trapped in 20th century england is really charming and hilarious to watch.Sadly only 2 series were ever made and fortunately have now become available on video for those of us now in our late 30's and early 40's+ to enjoy all over again.There are memorable scenes and performances but all involved and richard carpenter who wrote the original storylines was arguably a little ahead of his time dealing with such themes as astrology and the runes etc. I loved this series,the second series being my personal favourite of the two.I can watch these episodes over and over and still laugh my head off.10 out of 10 all they way.Simply brilliant!Salmay dalmay adonay!
Filmed with humor, warmth and charm, Catweazle captured the imagination of
children everywhere, with the story of a
hapless magician and his pet toad Touchwood, trapped nine hundred years
ahead of their time. Filmed to the brim with hilarious pandemonium and
magical mayhem the loveable sorcerer enters a labyrinth of chaos on his
quest to return to his own time.
Unforgettable for Geoffrey Bayldon's outstanding performance as Catweazle, the series also boasted a superb regular cast of Charles Tingwell (Mr Bennet), Neil McCarthy (Sam) and Robin Davies (Carrot), whilst guest appearances by some of Britain's top actors of the time ensured the series of it's quality status.
An instant childrens TV classic Catweazle was applauded by critics and fans alike when it was first shown, earning it's writer Richard Carpenter, a Writers Guild award in 1971.
I grew up watching this show (in German 'voiceover') and I can only recommend it to viewers of all ages. I actually just ordered the DVD's and can't wait to watch it again and again. The Brit's have done a great job with this show by treating kids like people and not like little dummies, the story line is continuously interesting and of course Catweazle himself is an incredible character. Catweazle's sudden journey from the 11th century into the 20th century is a tale of wonderful stories that make you laugh and cry and make you want to be part of the story. The actor that plays Catweazle did a great job acting as if he was from the 11th century and his amazement about 'new' inventions in the 20th century seem so real, I remember laughing until my belly hurt when he discovered the phone. I don't want to give away to much because I believe this is a show that is still worth watching in this day and age. A must see:-) Cheerio!!
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Long before Harry Potter, we had Catweazle. Nowhere near as successful
and famous as his latter-day juvenile contender, he was still a far
more entertaining character.
Tumbling out of some medieval time-warp into the (then) present day 1970, he was obliged to come to terms with science and technology that made otherwise magical experiences pass into common place. A young boy acted as his guard, guide and mentor. The great charm of this programme arose from the misunderstandings that arose from their temporally distanced cultures, and the understanding and comradeship that developed between them as friends.
Thus, there is the telephone from which conversation is had, reinterpreted as a telling-bone on account of its shape and grammatical similarity. We see, the young boy switch on a bathroom light with the pull-chord, and Catweazle misconstruing the toilet chain for the same purpose. 'Thou art truly a great magician' and at other times 'Nay, nay, thou art a toad', with sundry similar expressions. Truth to tell; someone from Catweazle's epoch wouldn't speak or understand any contemporary English, but it's just a bit of kids fantasy, so what the hell?
I say it was for kids, but adults who stopped to linger soon fell under his spell too.
This was one of those short-running series that never outstayed its welcome. By the time the formula had run its course, the ancient sorcerer had found a way home to his own age, and was never seen on telly again (except, perhaps, as repeats).
Although the concept of a dirty (literally) old stranger befriending a young boy was a tricky one to address, especially when that friendship must be kept secret. It was handled with very great care, and a light enough touch as to never raise a doubt in the audience. Whether or not it could as easily be worked today in a world of paedophilic paranoia is another matter entirely. I suspect political-correctness would give it the axe. In fact that's probably why it has so seldom been screened since.
This was a wonderfully imaginative series from the golden age of short-run classics. Check-out 'The Prisoner' or 'The Guardians', or 'The Clangers', to name but a few others. It's available on DVD, now. and a generation who haven't met Mr Catweazle have a grand treat in store.
Well worth a purchase for some lucky kid's birthday present. They'll be watching this and quoting the lines long after any toys have lost their charm.
Go get it.
Poor Catweazle! All he wanted was a spell that would make him fly. While he never took off (not by magic, anyway), the series definitely did!
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