Super Gran 1 on DVD

Sunday, 16 August 2009 13:30

In a tirade of recent releases, Network DVD has been doing its darnedest to plug all the gaps left in our memories of children’s television of the 1970s and 1980s.  The latest release sees, for the first time ever on, the children’s comedy Super Gran – The Complete First Series hits the shelves.

Granny Smith (Gudrun Ure) is a sweet old lady living a sedate life in the Scottish coastal town of Chisleton. One day, she is accidentally struck by a stray beam from Inventor Black’s magic ray machine and transformed into ‘Supergran’ - the possessor of amazing powers, super-human strength, and even a magic ‘flycycle’! She puts these to great use in the fight against Chisleton’s local villain, The Scunner Campbell, and his unpleasant cohorts, Dustin and Muscles; with Supergran’s miraculous abilities, however, defeating the baddies is not usually too much of a challenge!

Super Gran Series 1 DVDAlongside regular cast members Iain Cuthbertson and Bill Shine, Supergran also features an array of guest stars including George Best, Lulu, Spike Milligan, Charles Hawtrey, champion strongman Geoff Capes and, in his final television appearance, Patrick Troughton.

The show’s catchy theme song, performed by Billy Connolly, helped to ensure that it remained firmly in viewers’ memories long after it was first broadcast, and gained Connolly a number 32 chart position.

Produced by Tyne Tees Television, for Children's ITV, kids who were at a certain age enjoyed the series immensely; however, this was not necessarily true for the adults who also had to tune in. Its basis of slapstick humour was relied on perhaps too much, although this can be forgiven on the basis of the guest stars that the series managed to attract to its ranks.

This complete first series of Supergran was originally aired on ITV in 1985 and is now available in a 2-disc set, with a running time of 350 mins approx, and a RRP £19.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com

 

CAST LIST

Gudrun Ure as Supergran

Iain Cuthbertson as The Scunner Campbell

Bill Mitchell as Reporter

Bill Shine as Inventor Black

Alan Snell as The Muscles

Brian Lewis as The Muscles

Samantha Duffy as Edison

Michael Graham as Willard (1986-1987)

Holly English as Edison

Iam Towell as Willard (1985)

Lee Marshall as Tub (1985)

Jason Carrielies as Tub (1987)

 

Writers: Adapted by Jenny McDade from books by Forrest Wilson.

Producer: Keith Richardson (1985), Graham Williams (1986-1987)

Title Music: Phil Coulter & Billy Connolly (Performed by Billy Connolly)

 

SEASON ONE (1985)

 

1.01 - The Magic Ray

1.02 - The Skimmer

1.03 - The Course of True Love

1.04 - The Pearl of Pinnell's End

1.05 - The Super Match

1.06 – Grounded

1.07 - The Magic Ian

1.08 - The TV Villains

1.09 - The Doppelganger

1.10 - The Day at the Sea

1.11 - The Raid on Race Day

1.12 - The Raving Beauty Contest

1.13 - The Missing Hissing

 

1986 Christmas Special - The World's Worst Circus

 

SEASON TWO (1987)

 

2.01 - The Racing Cert

2.02 - The Treasure Trovers

2.03 - The Birthday Dambusters

2.04 - The Yankee Doodle's Boodle

2.05 - The Rookie Recruit

2.06 - The State Visit

2.07 - The Chiselton Street Blues

2.08 - The School for Scoundrels

2.09 - The Media Star

2.10 – Snookered

2.11 - The Fancy Dress Fanciers

2.12 - The Chronic Crooner

2.13 - The Heir Apparent

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