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Herbs, The (BBC-1 1968 with Gordon Rollings)

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UK / BBC One – Filmfair / 13×15 minute episodes / 1968

Creator: Michael Bond / Music: Tony Russell, Brenda Johnson (lyrics) / Director: Ivor Wood

Stop frame animated series. Adventures of the animals living in the walled English country garden of Sir Basil and Lady Rosemary. The adventures would begin once the magic word “Herbidacious” was uttered. One of the characters, Parsley the Lion, went on to have his own series.

Other characters were Dill the Dog, Sage the Owl, Bayleaf the Gardener, Constable Knapweed, Mr Onion, Aunt Mint , The Chives, Tarragon, Belladonna and Pashana Bedh.

Narrated by Gordon Rollings, the episodes were 1 PARSLEY’S TAIL / 2 SAGE’S NEST BLOWS DOWN / 3 BELLADONNA THE WITCH / 4 TARRAGON AND THE EGGS / 5 THE CHIVES CATCH COLDS / 6 PAASHANA BEDHI, THE SNAKE CHARMER / 7 MISS JESSOP TIDIES UP / 8 PARSLEY AND THE CIRCUS LION / 9 SAGE’S SINGING LESSONS / 10 SIR BASIL’S FISHING EXPEDITION / 11 STRAWBERRY PICKING / 12 THE SNOW / 13 THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

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