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William Lucas obituary

Actor who played Dr Gordon in the 1970s screen phenomenon of The Adventures of Black Beauty

William Lucas, who has died aged 91, was already a veteran television actor before he played Dr Gordon in The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972-74). In a three-channel age, the programme became essential Sunday-teatime viewing for many families and regularly appeared in the weekly Top 20 TV ratings with stories that were a continuation, rather than an adaptation, of those in Anna Sewell’s best-selling 19th-century novel.

Lucas and his co-stars – Judi Bowker and Roderick Shaw as the doctor’s children, Vicky and Kevin, and Charlotte Mitchell as his loyal housekeeper, Amy Winthrop – found themselves part of a screen phenomenon that owed much to writers such as Ted Willis and Richard Carpenter. Denis King’s Galloping Home theme tune evoked childhood memories that led to it being heard over future decades in other programmes – perhaps most memorably in Absolutely Fabulous,
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Charlotte Mitchell obituary

Actor best known for her role as the housekeeper in The Adventures of Black Beauty

Charlotte Mitchell, who has died aged 85 of pneumonia after suffering from breast cancer and myeloma, was best known to television viewers as Amy Winthrop, the housekeeper in The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972-74). She received second billing to the two-legged star of the popular Sunday teatime series, William Lucas, who, as Dr James Gordon – a widowed Gp moving from London to set up a country practice – himself often played second fiddle to the eponymous equine star.

While having her patience tested by the doctor and his children – played by Judi Bowker, Roderick Shaw and, for the second series, Stacy Dorning – Amy served hearty meals, baked cakes and kept the house ship-shape. The Adventures of Black Beauty was an extension, rather than an adaptation, of Anna Sewell's Victorian novel and it benefited from having writers
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Richard Carpenter obituary

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.
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Richard Carpenter obituary

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.
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Screenwriter Carpenter Dies

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Screenwriter Carpenter Dies
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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