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    The Dreamstone

    The Dreamstone

    ITV (ended 1995)
    The Dreamstone was first brodcast in the U.K on ITV as part of the "CITV" week-day children's block.

    It was created by Mike Jupp who had previously worked on cartoons such as "No Man's Valley",and "The Bluffers", and produced by Martin Gates

    The Dreamstone is set in the Land of Dreams, where all dreams are created. The Dreamstone itself is a beutiful, mystical jem which is used by it's guaridan, the wise old Dream Maker, to give the inhabitants of the world sweet, peaceful dreams.

    He is assisted in this by two Noops, Rufus and Amberley, as well as his faithful Watchdog fish Albert (A hybrid of a fish and a dog)

    But beyond the land of dreams, lies the Mists of Limbo, within the Mists of limbo, lies the Land of Nightmares, ruled over by the evil tyrant Zordrack , who schemes to infect the world's population with never-ending nightmares...

    The one force that stands in his way is the power of the Dreamstone, which can repel bad dreams, and so he makes plans to steal it from the Dreammaker and destroy it.

    With the aid of his squad of bungling Urpneys (commanded by Sergent Blob), Zordrack tries time and time again to aqquire the Dreamstone, but fails each time due to the courage and resolve of Rufus, Amberly, and the rest of the Noops, who will never let the dreams die!

    The series' music was provided by Mike Batt,(in) famously known worldwide for writing the song "Bright Eyes" for the Watership Down soundtrack...

    The series ran for 5 years, and was one of the biggest successes in the U.K...


    RUFUS: An adventurous, spirited young Noop, who often daydreams, and occasionly gets himself in mischief, but when it is time to stand up to Zordrack or peforming a challenging task, he shows no fear and proves he's up for the job...

    AMBERLY: Rufus's best freind, she always tries to steer Rufus away from doing anything mischevous, but ends up failing most of the time, and even gets into trouble HERSELF as a result.

    Neverthless she comes through for Rufus when it counts and accompnies him on his adventures

    THE DREAMAKER: This wise kindly wizard is the guardian of the mystic Dreamstone, he grants peaceful dreams to the real world using the powers of the dreamstone, his assistents are Amberly and Rufus. Often pulls more than a few plesant tricks out of his hat...

    ALBERT: The Dreamaker's loyal watchdog fish, Albert is very friendly and playful, but if danger lurks, he will not think twice about acting fierce to defend his friends and master...

    ZORDRACK: The master of the Land of Nightmares, and once a dreamaker himself before being exiled for misusing his power to create chaos, Zordrack is a collosal,cold-hearted ,dragon-like tyrant, fierce in power as well as in strength. He intends to blanket the world in nightmares, only the Dreamstone prevents this plan from reaching fruitition...

    URPNEYS: Zordrack's cheif troops, commanded by Sergent Blob...very sneeky, if a tad slow-minded..

    URPGOR: Zordrack's cheif scientest, the inventor of a thousand devilish devices designed to grab the Dreamstone and create havok in the land of dreams... which usually fail.

    Also detests the way Zordrack treats him and waits for the chance to seize control for himself...

    Dreamstone Lyrics (by Martin Gates)

    I used to dream myself to somewhere else each night,

    I dreamed in colour, 'cause I lived in black and white,

    Until I chanced upon this road that led to you,

    I could not see, how anything could be...

    (Main Chorus)

    Better than a dream, stranger than my wild imagination,

    If this is a real sensation

    It's better than a dream.

    Higher than the moon, hazy like a beautiful illusion,

    Crazy and in confusion

    And better than a dream.

    (2nd lyrics)

    I used to wish I was beyond some distant door,

    I knew there must be more to life and now I'm sure,

    No dream of pirate caves or indian braves,

    Or magic carpets could ever be this good.moreless
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    Grim Tales

    Grim Tales

    ITV (ended 1991)
    Grim Tales starred Rik Mayall (The Young Ones), in every episode Rik (Dressed ready for bed) sat in a over stuffed chair complete with claws and legs and would tell whacky versions of such fairy tales as Rupunzel, and The Little Tailor. The stories were also told through cartoons and puppet animation that would appear while Rick was telling his story.moreless
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    Danger Mouse

    Danger Mouse

    ITV (ended 1992)
    Danger Mouse is about a cartoon mouse being a secret agent and living in a mailbox in London, England. This show originally broadcast in England/UK only until the fledgling network, Nickelodeon, picked it up and ran with it.moreless
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    Count Duckula

    Count Duckula

    ITV (ended 1993)
    This is a very clever cartoon from Cosgrove-Hall, the same group that produced Dangermouse. It is about a vampire duck that, due to a mishap during the re-animation process, is now a vegetarian. He uses a special machine in his castle to transport it to different places in search of treasure, money, and fame as a dilettante of sorts. He is accompanied by Igor, the family butler, who, being a vulture possessed of a very strong bloodlust, is a believer in the Old Ways of being a vampire. He is disappointed that the Count is not as evil as the old Count used to be. Also in the castle is Nanny, the nursemaid. She is big and dimwitted, being a hen and perpetually has her arm in a sling. Duckula is constantly being hunted by Dr. Von Goosewing, a vampire hunter, who is a German goose with ever-failing inventions. Count Duckula broadcast history
    In the USA, Count Duckula aired on Nickelodeon from 1988-1993.
    It was also aired in the UK, on Channel 3.

    Count Duckula rerun history
    In the UK it may have aired in re-runs for a number of years in syndication.

    Count Duckula commercially available episodes
    7 episodes from the first season are available on VHS from Black Star. Episodes: 65 color episodes
    Production Company: Cosgrove-Hall Spinoff from:Danger Mouse.moreless
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    ITV (ended 1992)
    Rainbow ran on ITV for 20 years, mostly at lunchtimes. It became one of the highest rating children shows of all time and one of most enduringly popular. After over 1500 shows, Rainbow came to an end in 1992, but the show remains a massive success with people of all ages.moreless