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The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends

The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends is a British animated anthology television series based on the works of Beatrix Potter, featuring Peter Rabbit and other anthropomorphic animal characters created by Potter. It was originally shown in the U.K. on the BBC between 20 December 1992 and 25 December 1998 and subsequently broadcast in the U.S. on Family Channel between 23 October 1992 and 23 October 1995 (with some of the characters' voices dubbed by actors with more American-like accents).[1]

The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends
The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends UK DVD cover.jpg
GenreAnimation
Written byBeatrix Potter, Dianne Jackson
Theme music composerColin Towns
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes9
Production
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)TVC London
Frederick Warne & Co
Pony Canyon
Fuji Television
Release
Original networkBBC1 (1992-96)
BBC Two (1998)
Original release20 December 1992 (1992-12-20) –
25 December 1998 (1998-12-25)

ProductionEdit

TVC London, in association with the BBC and the Japanese companies Pony Canyon Inc and Fuji Television Network Inc., produced the show for the publishing company Frederick Warne & Co. The first six episodes cost approximately US$11 million to produce. Dianne Jackson, director of the 1982 Christmas special The Snowman, was involved in the planning of the series and received series director and writer credit on the first six episodes, but she died of cancer on New Year's Eve 1992.

ContentsEdit

Each episode opens up with a live-action Beatrix Potter, portrayed by actress Niamh Cusack, coming to her farmhouse out of the rain, either after finishing a watercolor painting and running home with her pet dog, Kep, or after doing the shopping and hitching a ride home on a horse-drawn vehicle, sitting down to some tea with her pet rabbit, Peter, and then setting up the featured story. Once Potter finishes the story, she either posts the picture letter herself or asks a boy to do it. An exception to this is The Tailor of Gloucester episode, which takes place at Christmas time. The Tailor of Gloucester begins with Potter's maid, Daisy, serving out mince pies to some carol singers who sing the Sussex Carol while Potter and her pet cat, Simpkin, listen to them. Some of the episodes include storylines from two separate books, either told one after the other or intermingled. The animation style of The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends is very close to Potter's artwork in the original books. The main title song for the show is "Perfect Day," sung by Miriam Stockley.

EpisodesEdit

CastEdit

International broadcastsEdit

  •   United Kingdom
  •   Germany
  •   Denmark
  •   Australia
  •   Jamaica
    • SSTV
  •   Ireland
  •   South Africa
  •   Hungary
    • Duna TV
  •   Hong Kong
  •   New Zealand
  •   Singapore
  •   Malaysia


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends - Official Order - All Seasons - TheTVDB.com". www.thetvdb.com. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  2. ^ "The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends - BBC One London - 20 December 1992". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  3. ^ "The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends - BBC One London - 9 April 1993". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  4. ^ "The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends - BBC One London - 29 August 1993". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Beatrix Potter's Tailor of Gloucester - BBC One London - 24 December 1993". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Beatrix Potter: the Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Mr Jeremy Fisher - BBC One London - 1 April 1994". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Beatrix Potter: the World of Peter Rabbit and Friends - BBC One London - 27 December 1994". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  8. ^ "The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends - BBC One London - 26 December 1996". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  9. ^ "The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends - BBC One London - 27 December 1996". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  10. ^ "The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends - BBC Two England, 25 December 1998". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 6 November 2019.

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