TV Adventures of Black Beauty, The (ITV 1972-1974, Judi Bowker, William Lucas) Published 8 months ago on September 25, 2018 Period children’s adventure series. In Victorian times the young daughter of a doctor has a magnificent horse called Beauty and together the pair get mixed up in adventures. Extremely loosely based on Anna Sewell’s classic novel (which was made into a Mark Lester starring movie around the same time as this) The Adventures of Black Beauty is one of the best remembered family TV shows from the 1970’s. When the series begins it is 1877 and young Vicky Gordon, daughter of the newly arrived from London doctor in the village of Five Oaks, takes in a horse (she christens Black Beauty) after she sees it being brutally treated. Like the similar but modern day Follyfoot Adventures of Black Beauty tackles a different story each episode with the emphasis on adventure naturally enough. Judi Bowker who had the lead role of Vicky bowed out after the first season of 6 episode, she was replaced by Stacy Dorning as her sister Jenny who had somewhat conveniently been away at boarding school during the first season. Scampish cousin Ned was also brought on board for the second season. The series is equally as remembered for having one of the stand out TV theme tunes of all time (Galloping Home by Denis King which even reached number one on the UK charts). In the mid 1990’s there was a surprise antipodean (New Zealand) revival called The New Adventures of Black Beauty which featured both Dr Gordon and a now married Jenny (best of all William Lucas and Stacy Dorning both reprised their roles). As befitting a popular junior series like this there was plenty of merchandising released from novelisations to annuals (a few that came out in the late 70’s were not based on the series though). The series was the brainchild of producer Ted Willis but the superb Richard (Catweazle) Carpenter provided many of the scripts as did the likes of Victor Pemberton and David Butler. production details UK | ITV – London Weekend Television – Talbot / 52×25 minutes / Broadcast 17 September 1972 – 10 March 1974. Creator: Ted Willis Production Design: John Blezard Theme Music: Denis King Executive Producer:Paul Knight Producer: Sidney Cole cast Judi Bowker as Victoria Gordon (season one) Stacy Dorning as Jenny Gordon (season two) William Lucas as Dr James Gordon Charlotte Mitchell as Unknown Roderick Shaw as Kevin Gordon Stephen Garlick as Ned (season two) Charlotte MitchellChildren's TVDenis KingITVJudi BowkerLondon Weekend TelevisionPaul KnightSidney ColeStacy DorningTed WillisWilliam Lucas Advertisement advertisement and this just in TV16 hours ago Cutting It (BBC-1 2002-2005, Amanda Holden, Sarah Parish) Comedy drama series. Allie runs a successful hairdressing salon but her problems begin when a rival salon opens across the... TV16 hours ago Culloden (BBC-1 1964, George McBean, Olivier Espitalier-Noel) Highly innovative documentary drama telling the story of the last battle to be fought on British soil in 1746 at... TV16 hours ago C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia (BBC-2 2006, Anton Rodgers, Diane Venora) Biographical drama. The story of author CS Lewis’s life from childhood to old age as his views on religion alter... TV16 hours ago Crow Road, The (BBC-2 1996, Joe McFadden, Peter Capaldi) Drama serial. Prentice McHoan returns to his Scottish home and gets caught up in the dark secrets that everyone around... TV16 hours ago New Tricks (BBC 2003-2015 with James Bolam, Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman) Crime drama series New Tricks took the Cold Case took it’s natural extreme by bringing out of retirement a group... search EPISODES Episodes1 day ago WHAT / IF Series Premiere Fri 24 May 2019 on Netflix Neo-noir social thriller WHAT/IF explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. The first... Episodes1 day ago Blindspot: Coder to Killer (S4EP20 NBC Fri 24 May 2019) Coder to Killer: A horrifying and vengeful villain threatens the FBI. Weller considers his priorities. Zapata and Reade try to... Episodes1 day ago Dynasty: Deception, Jealousy, and Lies (Season 2 Finale The CW Fri 24 May 2019) Deception, Jealousy, and Lies: As various members of the Carrington family make the ultimate decision between preserving their legacies and... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Shazam! | 2019 | Zachary Levi, Asher Angel A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.... Movies2 months ago Dumbo | 2019 | Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans... Movies2 months ago The Man Who Killed Don Quixote | 2018 | Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.