James the Cat

James the Cat is a 1984 British children's series created by Kate Canning and produced by Jan Clayton with Grampian Television. It chronicles the many events which take place at the Cornerhouse (number 104) between James and his new animal friends. Fellow characters include Mrs. Lavender, a snail; Frieda, a kangaroo; Citroen, a French frog; Rocky, a dimwitted rabbit; and Dennis, a pink fire-breathing Welsh-accented Chinese dragon. There is also a beehive in the garden at the Cornerhouse. Next door are Ma and Pa Rat, and their rat children.

James the Cat
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Created byKate Canning
Narrated bySean Arnold (1984)
Alistair McGowan (1998)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Scotland (1984)
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes52
ProducerJan Clayton
Running time5 minutes
Production companyGrampian Television
DistributorHiT Entertainment (1998 series)
Original networkITV Network (Children's ITV) (Original Series)
Channel 5 (Milkshake!) (1998 Series)
Original release10 March 1984 (1984-03-10) –
24 December 1998 (1998-12-24)


The program changes quite a bit between the 2 series. In the first, James is a newcomer to the garden at the Cornerhouse, and must learn to live with the other animals there. In the first episode of the second series, James becomes a diplomat (though sometimes he is referred to as a VIP). In subsequent episodes, he and the others travel to distant lands or receive important visitors.

The show was revived in 1998 for Milkshake!


There were two VHS tapes released by Tempo Video.

VHS Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
James the Cat
and Friends
V9005 1987
  • Friends
  • Rock Garden
  • The Corner House
  • The Inventor
  • The Takeover
  • Art Attack
  • Treasure
  • The Greedy Caterpillar
Out and About with James the Cat V9006 1987
  • Kites
  • Lunch
  • James G.P.
  • The Seaside
  • Arfur Mark
  • The Thunderstorm
  • Sums
  • The Big Top

Screen Entertainment also released one VHS tape.

VHS Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
James the Cat: Neighbours SE 9002 1988
  • Tea for Toad
  • The Confused Goose
  • Playground
  • Bee Bop
  • Pa Rat's Problem
  • Water-works
  • The Dentist
  • Slim Chance
  • The Birthday Party

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