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Scratchy & Co.
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Genre Children's
Entertainment
Starring Mark Speight
Elliot Henderson-Boyle
Ronnie Ancona
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
Production
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 75 to 105 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original run 1995 – 1998

Scratchy and Co was a CITV show, which was broadcast over the following periods in the mid to late 1990s, it replaced What's Up Doc? as the Saturday morning ITV show.

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Premise

Scratchy and Co starred Mark Speight as "Scratchy" and Elliot Henderson-Boyle as "Reg". Other characters included Annabel and a Scottish girl, both played by comedian and impressionist Ronnie Ancona. The main gimmick of the show was that the cast wore "solid rubber wigs" (not to be confused with the character of "Sam the Lift" in CBBC's Incredible Games) and eccentric jackets. A stylistic similarity might be noted between this approach and Max Headroom.

Later series introduced other characters such as Sedgely the penguin and Fathead the football.

Later on, the series moved away from the original Max Headroom-esque style, into a studio where Scratchy (now minus the rubber wig) sat behind a desk, with Reg behind a window. At this point, guests were invite into the studio and interviewed. However most of the characters which had been introduced earlier were dropped.

Gail Porter was a frequent guest presenter in the final series.

The show was nominated for a BAFTA. [1]

Transmission guide

  • Series 1: 21 editions from 6 May 1995 - 23 September 1995
  • Series 2: 17 editions from 4 May 1996 - 24 August 1996
  • Series 3: 17 editions from 4 January 1997 - 26 April 1997
  • Series 4: 17 editions from 3 January 1998 - 25 April 1998
Preceded by
What's Up Doc?
Scratchy & Co.
1995–1998
Succeeded by
SMTV Live

References

  1. ^ Last Updated: 2:12AM BST 14 Apr 2008 (2008-04-14). "Mark Speight". Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/04/14/db1402.xml. Retrieved 2009-04-21.  

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