Cabaret Cartoons was a live light entertainment series broadcast by BBC Television 1936–39 and 1946.[Note 1] It was a spin-off from the series Cabaret. Its distinctive feature was that English artist Harry Rutherford (1903–85) drew cartoon sketches of the performers during the broadcast. Rutherford did not speak: the producer, Cecil Madden, decreed that his Mancunian accent was inappropriate to be heard on the BBC.
|Created by||Cecil Madden|
|Country of origin||England|
|No. of episodes||19|
|Running time||20–30 minutes|
|Production company||BBC Television|
|Original network||BBC Television|
|Original release||7 December 1936 –|
26 October 1946
No episodes have survived.[Note 2]
The following performers appeared in Cabaret Cartoons five or more times, or as of February 2016[update] are the subjects of Wikipedia articles. Numbers of appearances are given in parentheses.
- Beverley Sisters, English vocal trio (1) 
- Truda Binarová, Czechoslovak actress (5) 
- Petula Clark (born 1932), English singer (2) 
- Edward Cooper (1883–1956), English actor (1) 
- Evelyn Dall (1918–2010), American singer (2) 
- Robert Harbin (1908–78), British magician and actor (1) 
- Grace (1907–55) and Paul Hartman (1904–73), American dancers (1) 
- Nosmo King (and Hubert) (1886–1952), English comedian (2) 
- Harry Rutherford (1903–85), English artist (19) 
- Eric Woodburn (1894–1981), Scottish comedian (1) 
- BBC Television suspended broadcasting on 1 September 1939 with the outbreak of World War II, and did not resume until June 1946.
- The programme was broadcast live. Technology to record live television was only developed in 1947, and was rarely used by the BBC before 1953–55.
- Harry Rutherford on IMDb
- "Hyde's unsung hero". BBC. 25 September 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
- The Beverley Sisters on IMDb
- Truda Binarová on IMDb
- Petula Clark on IMDb
- Edward Cooper on IMDb
- Evelyn Dall on IMDb
- Robert Harbin on IMDb
- Grace Hartman on IMDb
- Paul Hartman on IMDb
- Nosmo King on IMDb
- Eric Woodburn on IMDb