Catweazle page attempts to provide for an overview of the Catweazle phenomena. It lists
the television series, magazine articles with background information of
the series and more. Then you will also find some of the merchandizing
of the time. I may have some of this (not all of what you see a picture
of on this website I have!), however I am still interested in additional
information and or the merchandizing itself. Feel free to contact me!
Catweazle is a magician from the time of the Normans. In an attempt to
escape from his Norman pursuers he tried out a spell, however instead
of flying as a bird he was casted 900 years into the future. With the
help of two boys he uses magic in an attempt to return to his own time.
Shot on location in England it became equally popular in England, Australia,
Germany and the Netherlands.
Catweazle theme (0:39)
Directors: Quentin Lawrence (1st series)
David Lane & David Reid (2nd series) Writing credits:Richard Carpenter Year:1970/71 Produced by: ‘London Weekend Television’
(LWT) [uk] Episodes: 26 Length (each):30 min Language: English Colour: colour
Starring: Geoffrey Bayldon.... Catweazle
cast first series:
Main cast second series:
.... Carrot Bennet
Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell
.... Mr. Bennet
.... Sam Woodyard
.... Cedric Collingford Moray Watson
.... Lord Collingford Elspet Gray
.... Lady Collingford Peter Butterworth
.... Groom Gwen Nelson
.... Mrs Gowdie
1. The Sun in a Bottle
2. Castle Saburac
3. The Curse of Rapkyn
4. The Witching Hour
5. The Eye of Time
6. The Magic Face
7. The Telling Bone
8. The Power of Adamcos
9. The Demi Devil
10. The House of the Sorcerer
11. The Flying Broom-Sticks
12. The Wisdom of Solomon
13. The Trickery Lantern
1. The Magic Riddle
2. Duck Halt
3. The Heavenly Twins
4. The Sign of the Crab
5. The Black Wheels
6. The Wogle Stone
7. The Enchanted King
8. The Familiar Spirit
9. The Ghost Hunters
10. The Walking Trees
11. The Battle of the Giants
12. The Magic Circle
13. The Thirteenth Sign
Catweazle on video
All the 26 episodes are available on video. Issued during 1998 in
England, all episodes on 8 tapes. 2 years later also available as 2 box
sets. Once available from 'Blackstar'.
Added on this video release is ‘Brothers in magic’, a 20 min reunion
of Geoffrey Bayldon and Robin Davies after 30 years, at Hexwood Farm location,
reminiscing about the filming of ‘Catweazle’.
There was also a dutch release of Catweazle (with subtitles in dutch),
I don't know how many of the episodes were released (known is the first
6 episodes on 3 videos). I also don't know when they came out. Anyone
out there who knows?
It appears that there have in fact been plans to bring Catweazle to the
big screen. Richard Carpenter did also prepare a script for such a feature
film. The film project has been shelved for the time being, however it
seems that those involved are keen to revive the project.
The official release of the video's took place on saturday
4th July 1998 at the ‘Forbidden Planet’ in London at 12.30 in the afternoon.
Geoffrey Bayldon & Robin Davies arrived there to promote and to sign the
Catweazle publications based on the television series:
The television episodes are narrated in these 2 publications. ‘Catweazle’ & ‘Catweazle and the Magic Zodiac’. Both written by Richard
Carpenter and with illustrations by George Adamson. Published with Penguin
Books respectively in 1970 & 1971. From both titles appeared also hardbound copies, the Magic Zodiac is known to have a dust wrapper, published with Methuen & Co Ltd.
From both books there appeared also a dutch translation: ‘Catweazle,
de Tovenaar van Saburac’ (1971) & ‘Catweazle, de Tekens van
de Dierenriem’(1972), a publication from Van Holkema & Warendorf,
Bussum (see illustrations elsewhere on this website or click here).
On the right here a German translation of the 2nd book, published in 1974
On the left another publication from World Distributors (Manchester)
Limited as were the 3 annuals. This is however a very thin publication
and only carries the story ‘Marrow Escape’ with colour drawings (on the
television this story was entitled: ‘The Battle of the Giants’). This
appears the be much harder to get than the annnual publications.
Televisie Favorieten #15 (1971)
Here on the right you see a dutch compilation of the Catweazle Annual
for 1971 & 1972, mostly its contents is taken from the first Annual,
however 2 strip stories have been taken from the 1972 Annual. Noted is
that all the strip stories in this dutch compilation are printed in full
colour, when in the original english Annuals they appear with only one
supporting colour. It was part of a series for ‘Television Favorits’ ,
the last one in the series (#15).
Miscellaneous Annuals and other magazines with Catweazle:
‘The Hertfordshire Mercury’ 21st August
‘Look-in’ TV-magazine from 1970-72*
‘Time Screen’ spring 1990* & may 1995*
‘Fantasy Image’ (?)
‘TV Zone’ #46 sept 1993* & #107 oct
‘TV Comic Annuals’ 1971 &
‘Look-in Television Annuals’ 1972* & 1973*
‘All Star Television Annual’ 1973*
‘Look-in Holiday Special’ 1972
There were also some publications in the Netherlands:
‘Televizier' TV-magazine ca jan/jun 1972 (‘Catweazle en de Zilveren Schat'
-5 episodes, probably a total of 10-12 episodes-)
‘Jamin Junior' #2 1972* & #8-26
These may contain Catweazle stories (they may be as a comicstrip or simply
a written story with illustrations). The ones marked with * have articles
in them relating to Catweazle. For full listing and texture of these articles
(and more!) please click here. They
usually contain interesting backgrond information about the series or
Catweazle Fortune Telling cards:
There are some rumours about another set of 16 cards which were circulating at about the same time. However this has not been verified as yet. Anyone who can shed some light on this?
Catweazle on audio:
‘Die unglaublichen Abentauer eines Zauberers’
Fontana 27 482-9
Philips ?7172 ???
Fontana 27 513-1
Philips 7172 183
‘Die Flucht aus der Gefangenschaft’
Philips 7172 234
‘Der Schatz der Collinfords’
Philips 7172 235
A Catweazle poster is advertised in ‘Look-in 23 Jan 1971’. Printed
on heavy cartridge paper, size 30' x 20'. Price: 30 pence.
Then in the Netherlands you were able to win this poster in a drawing
contest. This was advertized in ‘Jamin Junior’ #16 1972 (100 posters
were made available). The winners of this contest were announced in
the last number of this magazine (#26 1972). Besides these posters
you could also win other things.
Catweazle ‘Bendy’ doll: ‘Made in England by Bendy’ ca 1970