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Uncle Max
Format Children's comedy
Starring David Schneider (as Uncle Max)
William Howe (as Luke), Jonathon Hanly as Luke
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 26
Producer(s) Little Bird Pictures
Running time 15 minutes
Status Formerly CITV, CBBC (Broadcast BBC One) (since January 2008)

Uncle Max is a British children's comedy television series originally airing on CITV [1], and now CBBC. It features David Schneider as the title character, Uncle Max, and William Howe as Luke, Max's nine year-old nephew, although in the second series Jonathon Hanly took over from William. The show is very similar in style to Mr. Bean, with the basic premise being that Uncle Max is incapable of embarking on any adventure without upsetting another individual or group of individuals in some shape or form.[2]

The first series was filmed in Johannesburg in South Africa[3] over a seven-week block in the summer of 2005, the show was written by David Schneider and 13 episodes were made for CITV and the CITV Channel in 2006. The second series was filmed in Galway, in Ireland.[4]

Schneider himself admitted in an interview for The Times that parts of the series are references to Laurel and Hardy; however the majority of the footage is a tribute to the cartoons which Schneider grew up with, cartoons such as Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo and Wacky Races. Scheider also stated that the name of the Uncle is descended from his own uncle, Max Ward, who was born in Hastings but now lives in Hackney, London. Of his own Uncle Max, Schneider says that he used to get into all sorts of scrapes and adventures and would take the young David along for the ride.[5]

The programme contains very little spoken audio at all, instead vocal noises (such as gasping, grunting, moaning, panting, banging, sighing and a bit of broken vocal) similar to the type of voice Rowan Atkinson gives Mr. Bean in the animated series and the CITV show aimed for deaf children, Zzzap!. It is made by Little Bird Pictures and marketed as a silent comedy.[6] Many of the acts are over exaggerated as in many kids shows and done in slow motion to create some tension.

List of episodes


Series 1 episodes with William Howe
Date Title
13/02/2006 "Uncle Max Goes for Pizza"
14/02/2006 "Uncle Max Looks after the Baby"
15/02/2006 "Uncle Max Goes to the Cinema"
16/02/2006 "Uncle Max Runs a Race"
17/02/2006 "Uncle Max Washes his Clothes"
20/02/2006 "Uncle Max Plays Golf"
21/02/2006 "Uncle Max Buys some Shoes"
22/02/2006 "Uncle Max Goes to the Arcade"
23/02/2006 "Uncle Max Goes Flying"
24/02/2006 "Uncle Max Walks the Dog"
27/02/2006 "Uncle Max Goes Bowling"
28/02/2006 "Uncle Max Goes to the Dentist"
01/03/2006 "Uncle Max Goes Camping"
Series 2 episodes with Jonathan Hanly
Date Title
11/07/2008 "Uncle Max Plays Tennis"
18/07/2008 "Uncle Max Goes to the Opera"
25/07/2008 "Uncle Max Goes to the Museum"
01/08/2008 "Uncle Max and the Wrestler"
08/08/2008 "Uncle Max Goes to a Wedding"
15/08/2008 "Uncle Max Builds a Shed"
22/08/2008 "Uncle Max and the Broken Vase"
29/08/2008 "Uncle Max Bakes A Cake"
05/09/2008 "Uncle Max at the Supermarket"
12/09/2008 "Uncle Max at Sports Day"
19/09/2008 "Uncle Max Goes Swimming"
26/09/2008 "Uncle Max Plays The Piano"
03/10/2008 "Uncle Max in the Wild West"


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