Pardon My Genie DVD Sn 1

Thursday, 12 November 2009 10:59

There is an-oft forgotten rule of children’s television: if you want your young demographic-aimed series to succeed, it should not talk down to its audience.  Despite its juvenile-sounding premise, Pardon My Genie succeeds in crossing the divide by being popular in its time with children and adults alike, This should come as no surprise, as it was devised and written by future Robert’s Robots and Rentaghost creator Bob Block.

Available exclusively from the Network Online Shop, the story centres around a young hardware shop assistant called Hal Adden (say it fast and you’ll find yourself uttering the name of a classic pantomime character). When he casually tries to polish an old watering can, for all but the hard of thinking you can guess what happens next!

Pardon My Genie - Series 1However, the Genie who appears at Hal’s beckon call is as rusty as the can he lives in. He’s four thousand years old, and his magic doesn’t always work as well as it should. Yes, as you would expect, there are hilarious consequences!

Ellis Jones plays Hal. Ellis would go on to play a similar character, the aptly named Burke in sit-com The Squirrels, and had an early role as a Technician in the Jon Pertwee debut Doctor Who story “Spearhead from Space”. Hal is well meaning but not the sharpest knife in the box.

The inimitable Roy Barraclough, for so long the ultimate foil to Les Dawson, plays Hal’s long-suffering boss, the hardware shop owner Mr Cobbledick. Hugh Paddick, a radio legend from his roles in “Round the Horne” stars in this first season as the Genie (Arthur White, who played the Café Proprietor in the final episode of this debut run, would take on the role for the second season).

Guest stars to look out for include Susan Penhaligon, Damaris Hayman and Sonny Caldinez (a stalwart of 1960s/1970s Doctor Who, with roles in the likes of “The Evil of the Daleks”, “The Ice Warriors”, “The Seeds of Death”, “The Curse of Peladon” and “The Monster of Peladon”).

The show is very much in the arena of high farce, and the misunderstandings of circumstance plays heavily within the unfolding stories. The use of slapstick is frugal, and the performances do tend to the theatrical.

Restricting itself to just two seasons of thirteen, Pardon My Genie never outstayed its welcome.  However, it has to be said that the anticipation amongst those young viewers who saw the show back in 1972-3 will be to see again the climax of the forthcoming second season, which features a succession of the biggest ITV stars of the time. It is probably one of the greatest moments in children’s television ever. So, it’s worth purchasing the first season to force Network’s hand into releasing season two!

Pardon My Genie has a running time of 325 minutes approx over two discs and a ‘U’ certificate. It has a RRP of £14.99 and is exclusive to the Network online DVD shop.

 

SEASON ONE EPISODE LISTING

 

Hugh Paddick as Genie

Roy Barraclough as Mr Cobbledick

Ellis Jones as Hal Adden

Lynnette Erving as Patricia Cobbledick

Joe Dunlop as Constable Appleby

 

Series Devised by Bob Block

Producer: Daphne Shadwell

 

1.01: The Apprentice's Sorcerer

Guest starring: Annette Kerr (Mrs Bamford), Geoffrey Lumsden (Captain Bamford), Ray Barron (Groom)

Writer: Bob Block

Director: Robert Reed

Original ITV Transmission: 10 April 1972

 

1.02: Travel by Sleeper

Guest starring: Lloyd Lamble (Police Sergeant)

Writer: Bob Block

Director: Robert Reed

Original ITV Transmission: 17 April 1972

 

1.03: This Unhappy Breed

Guest starring: Billy Walker (The Boxer), Lloyd Lamble (Police Sergeant)

Writer: Bob Block

Director: Daphne Shadwell

Original ITV Transmission: 24 April 1972

 

1.04: My Fête Is Killing Me

Guest starring: Geoffrey Lumsden (Captain Bamford), Joyce Grant (Miss Hockridge), Carl Bernard (The Vicar), Philip Elsmore (Announcer)

Writer: Bob Block

Director: Robert Reed

Original ITV Transmission: 1 May 1972

 

1.05: If Opportunity Knocks: I'm Out

Guest starring: Tim Hardy (Reggie Wadlow), Susan Penhaligon (Joyce), Rod Hudson (Club Secretary), Don Phillips (Pianist)

Writer: Bob Block

Director: Daphne Shadwell

Original ITV Transmission: 8 May 1972

 

1.06: It's a Small World

Guest starring: Annabel Lanyon (Tina), Norman Robbins (Delivery Man)

Writer: Bob Block

Director: Robert Reed

Original ITV Transmission: 15 May 1972

 

1.07: Sink or Swim

Guest starring: Joyce Grant (Mrs Hockridge), William Abney (Dr Hockridge), Philip Elsmore (Announcer)

Writer: Bob Block

Director: Robert Reed

Original ITV Transmission: 22 May 1972

 

1.08: Sister, Dear Sister

Guest starring: Pamela Cundell (Aunt Henrietta), Tony Bateman (The Customer)

Writer: Larry Parker

Director: Daphne Shadwell

Original ITV Transmission: 29 May 1972

 

1.09: Comic Cuts

Guest starring: Hugh Morton (The Psychiatrist), Barry Lowe (Mr Wilkie), Joyce Grant (Mrs Hockridge), Lloyd Lamble (Police Sergeant)

Writer: Bob Block

Director: Daphne Shadwell

Original ITV Transmission: 5 June 1972

 

1.10: Second Coat

Guest starring: Norman Chappell (Percy Cobbledick), Ray Barron (Johnson), Alison Hughes (Miss Potter), Gaynor Hodgson (Girl), Richard Mottau (Boy)

Writer: Bob Block

Director: Robert Reed

Original ITV Transmission: 12 June 1972

 

1.11: Genie with the Long Brown Hair

Guest starring: Roy Herrick (Ringo), Doris Rogers (The Customer)

Writer: Bob Block

Director: Daphne Shadwell

Original ITV Transmission: 19 June 1972

 

1.12: Up, Up and Away

Guest starring: Tim Hardy (Reggie Wadlow), Arthur Howard (Mr Watts), Damaris Hayman (Mrs Williams)

Writer: Bob Block

Director: Robert Reed

Original ITV Transmission: 26 June 1972

 

1.13: Fired with Enthusiasm

Guest starring: Doris Rogers (Shopper 1), John Green (Shopper 2), Arthur White (Café Proprietor), Matthew Corbett (Waiter), Tony Hughes (Barker), Suena (Eastern Dancer), Sonny Caldinez (Nubian Slave)

Writer: Bob Block

Director: Robert Reed

Original ITV Transmission: 3 July 1972

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