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Casimir

TV series, 1979-1981

The adventures of Casimir the orange dinosaur and his friends on Kindereiland ("Children Island"). His friends include Janie, who owns the little sweets and toy booth on Kindereiland; François the balloon man; the artistic mr. Snob; Juffrou Lollies, the busy-body; mr. Postman; and Reinaart the tunnel-digging fox. The series originated in France and was remade in South Africa by Louise Smit. Read more about Casimir

Wielie Walie

TV series, 1976-1996

Children’s series set in and around a playroom (the Speelkamer) inhabited by a colourful crowd of puppet characters. Sarel Seemonster was a rather dumb but lovable seamonster with a great love for stories – in fact, as he would often remind everybody, "Stories is my Leeeewe!" ("Stories are my liiiife"). His neighbour in the Speelkamer was Karel Kraai, a kind if know-it-all crow quite skilled in piano, guitar and film making. His films were educational shorts which taught the maats (friends) about everything from chickens to the cosmos. Read more about Wielie Walie

Liewe Heksie

TV series, 1978-1982

Children's puppet series about the residents of Blommeland ("flower land"). The main character is  Blommeland's witch, Levinia. Liewe Heksie, as her friends call her, is not a typical witch. She is kind-hearted, not very bright and she can't really do magic. She has a penchant for getting her and her friends into trouble - and then, most of the time quite by accident, to get them out again. Heksie does have one magic trick up her sleeve: She has a magic horse, Griet, which appears whenever she says his name. Read more about Liewe Heksie

Die Kraaines

TV series, 1975-1984

Children’s programme aimed at children from 8 to 14 years. Die Kraaines covered a wide range of interesting topics: from music and history to industry and wildlife. Specific episodes included visits to soap and sweet factories, a visit to Robben Island, feature on cheetahs, traditional African music and the life of the children on the army bases in West Caprivi and Katimo Mulilo. Read more about Die Kraaines

Kerneels se Konsertsaal

TV series, 1977

Variety puppet programme for children, in which Kerneels invites artists to perform in his theatre. Each programme features three to four guest artists, including comedians, pop stars, opera singers and dancers, as well as Kerneels' pianist, Apie Maestro. There's also the ambitious security guard Pierewiet, who's convinced that he has what it takes to perform on stage. But Kerneels doesn't agree and has to chase Pierewiet off the stage regularly. When he can't get him off, he calls Skoen ('shoe'), who thinks he's a dog and will bark and snap at Pierewiet's heels. Read more about Kerneels se Konsertsaal

The Everywhere Express

TV series, 1975-1976

Children’s programme in which Andy and Kathy take very young viewers on a train ride through fantastic and magical lands, with plenty of songs, dances, stories, games and quizzes along the way. The Everywhere Express was the first South African children's programme in English and was one of the few South African series that started in 1975, during the Test Television phase. Read more about The Everywhere Express

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