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Potamus Park was a British preschool programme that ran on CITV in the United Kingdom between 1996 and 1999, in Canada for YTV in 2002. And United States which aired on the Disney Channel in 2005. The show centred on a small family of hippopotamuses.
|Created by||Christopher Noulton John Lee Paul Cole|
|Voices of||Simon Buckley |
Jo Manning Wilson
|Opening theme||"(We're On Our Way To) Potamus Park" by Jeff Robinson|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||42|
|Producer(s)||John Lee |
Chris Noulton for ITV Central
|Running time||10 minutes per episode (approx.)|
|Production company(s)||CITV FOR ITV|
|Distributor||Carlton Communications, Nelvana|
|Original network||ITV (TV network) CITV|
|Original release||1996 –|
Characters featured included Ticker, (a bird) Got To Guess, (a blue creature that used sign language to communicate) and Mindy and Mo (two Moles who live in a water well and use a bucket as a lift whenever the hippopotamuses need help). Every episode was introduced by a set of anthropomorphic flowers, who would explain whatever is to come or what may have been happening in the episode.
|Pleased To Meet you VL 1||1996|
|This Is Where We Live VL 2||1996|
|Name That Tune Vl 3||1996|
|Hungry Hippos VL 4||1997|
|Secrets VL 5||1997|
|Where Shall We Go?||2000|
|Hip Hippo Ray Day||2001|
Carlton Home Video issued many video cassettes in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Although the television series was genuinely well received, ITV decided to cut the series in 1999 due to the rival show Bananas In Pyjamas, which received higher ratings. Even though the series ended in 1999, CITV continued to air repeated television programmes into the early 2000s. On the morning of 10 April 2019, it was officially announced that Potamus Park would be re-released on DVD in Summer 2020 to celebrate the programme's 20th anniversary.