Post by Always watah! on Jun 21, 2020 15:51:28 GMT
I got into watching Catweazle after they started showing it on Talking Pictures TV (gotta love that channel ), the advent of which happened to coincide with the relaunched cult TV magazine Infinity doing a most illuminating article on it. (I'm not sure if they do back issues, but for anyone that's interested, it was featured in Issue 24.)
What I found most interesting about it though, after having gained a better understanding of how the production went, was a small section towards the end of the article indicating that the possibility of making a third series was considered by several people, including Richard and Geoffrey, and that it would have seen Catweazle reunited with Carrot at Hexwood following his flight from the Collingford estate. I was quite interested to hear more about this idea, but I couldn't find much more out about it online (the only place I could find it was a brief line in the Wikipedia article that it was cancelled while still in the drafting phase).
I was wondering, does anyone know anything else relating to it, or if there any more details about it ever came out? Also, does anyone know if Robin Davies was ever made aware of the plans?
Richard was keen to do a third series whereby the balloon fly over Castle Saburac and he landed back at the farm, but the farm was deserted. There was a suggestion that he might have a female companion. I suppose once Carrot had realised the truth, then the whole concept would not be the same. Geoffrey was not so keen purely because he thought that by this time Catweazle would know all about the modern world etc. BUT I have or had every faith in Richard to produce new adventures that would alter those fears. There is no way he would have turned it down I am sure if it was commissioned. Alas the people at ITV left and new people came in (according to Richard) and they had the "new broom sweep clean" attitude and therefore wanted new things. So sadly it did not happen. I don't know if he actually had written any chapters, but he did have more ideas should he need them.
Unable to see topics of individual episodes ? Not to worry but point being just watched the final one of Series 2 a half hour ago on Talking Pictures. I knew it was the last episode made before viewing but had not seen it up until now. A nice touch at the end as they abandoned the traditional music for the continuation one of the Hot Air Balloon scenery. It felt poignant at the end and hard not to be touched a little, managed to see every episode of Series 2 but only half of the first one including (missing) first episode broadcast. No doubt they will repeat it and imagine available on Youtube but you can't beat the experience of watching live on a retro channel for true nostalgia.
As the episode today neared it's climax was expecting Catweazle to find a way back to his own time and finally a return to the 11th Century but the balloon trip was a bit ambiguous. Where was he heading to, how would he return to Farthing Corner or ever meet up with Cedric again if drifted too far away. Yes there's a certain explanation in the above post from Carol but how many would be aware of it such as causal viewers. A new civilisation and people would have been interesting indeed although perhaps leaving the character more puzzled than ever. The series ended on a strange note and was hoping during the half hour this afternoon it could run further but there's only a certain amount of time to air the shows and often a lot to fit in.
Summing up I don't regret tuning in each day to see what happened, it provided a sort of escapism to a time now forgotten, a sort of days of innocence far removed from the madness and hostilities of present time. Would I watch it all again if and when they view once more ? The first series definitely if able and suppose it applies to the second run also. Think it requires a second viewing to take everything in and reassemble what occurred. I'm pleased I had the opportunity to gain a good understanding of the series and character now and participated in most of the shows they made and presented. A hidden gem maybe in the realms of television, it provided some moments of genuine laughs and interest.