Saturday, 13 May 2017

RIP Catweazle

Just found out from Kid Criven's blog that Geoffrey Bayldon passed away last week. Can't believe that didn't make the main news. For the benefit of our chums across the pond, Bayldon was one of those old school British character actors who appeared in everything, but to Bronze Age kids he is, was, and always will be Catweazle, the spiky, loveable 11th century wizard stuck in our time that ran for two series in 1970 & 1971.
Catweazle was sneaky, selfish and childlike, completely bemused by the modern world, especially by electrickery and the magic telling bone, and was easily one of the greatest children's characters and children's serials ever.
Catweazle was enthralling, charming and brilliantly funny, and though he was surrounded by a great cast, it was Bayldon that made it.
I actually rewatched the series a few years ago on youtube, and it was still as magical as I remembered it. ( Though I would say the first series is by far the better one. )
In fact, it was such a hit in our house, and so memorable, that even my dad, who couldn't care less about the stuff I was into, would always bark 'Catweazle's still going, then' every time Bayldon appeared on Midsomer Murders or Waking The Dead.
Here's the intro to the show:

And here's the wacky wizard in his own, inevitable, Look-In picture strip, with bizarrely, a different supporting cast. Anybody know the artist?