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Series cast summary:
Elizabeth Spriggs ...  The Witch 25 episodes, 1987-1988
Hugh Pollard Hugh Pollard ...  Simon 25 episodes, 1987-1988
David Crane David Crane ...  Jimmy 24 episodes, 1987-1988
Joan Sims ...  Lady Fox-Custard 23 episodes, 1987-1988
Sarah Wynter Sarah Wynter ...  Mum 23 episodes, 1987-1988
Nicola Stapleton ...  Sally 22 episodes, 1987-1988
Ilan Ostrove Ilan Ostrove ...  Cuthbert 21 episodes, 1987-1988
Joe Grossi ...  Hopkins 20 episodes, 1987-1988
Elizabeth Proud Elizabeth Proud ...  Miss Phoeble 12 episodes, 1987
Naomie Harris ...  Joyce 12 episodes, 1987
James Reinl James Reinl ...  Tim 12 episodes, 1987
John Rapley John Rapley ...  Mr. Bodley 11 episodes, 1987
C.J. Allen C.J. Allen ...  Valdini 11 episodes, 1988
Emma-Louise Harrington Emma-Louise Harrington ...  Angelica 11 episodes, 1988
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16 November 1987 (UK) See more »

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(25 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Classic British Kids Show
6 October 2007 | by sjdean-1See all my reviews

I forgot all about Simon and the Witch as I was compiling my list of old kids shows I'd love to see again, then I remembered something about a café and a school and remembered found Simon and the Witch.

It's pure Children's TV Gold! It's unbelievable to think that it is 20 years old. I don't know what kids are like now, but it captures an essence of exactly what it was like in junior school at that time.

I find the show to be incredibly appealing even now 20 years later. Perhaps it is a work of genius? Maybe its the acting. The Witch, as played by the then nearly 60 year old Elizabeth Spriggs who we now recognise as the Fat Lady from Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, put in a sprightly performance with some great physical acting and comedy. The entire supporting adult cast of adults also produce some of the best work I have ever seen for the genre. Timing, expressions, comedy. Perfect.

The young stars are great too. Watching the first episode, with the now never heard of Hugh Pollard putting in an absolutely stellar performance. If it wasn't for his size and voice, you might consider him a classically trained adult actor with a full range and an ability that comes naturally.

It's a shame he has never kept it up, because he was destined for something more.

A great joy to watch, a pleasure to recommend - even 20 years on.


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