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Señor Onyon

TV series, 1980

Puppet series about the adventures of a Spanish onion and his friends from the vegetable patch. Señor Onyon’s friends include miss Tomato, Granny Smith, Patch Potato, Señor Lemon, Lowly Cabbage and Creepy Crawly the Earthworm. And don’t forget about the chef, always on the lookout for a Spanish onion for his stew...

Señor Onyon and his friends appeared on TV for the first time in 1977, as part of the children’s series Playhouse. Read more about Señor Onyon

Bangalory Time

TV series, 1976-1978

Children’s series about Clary, the owner of a little rumble store, and her puppet friends Percy Parrot, Mango Monkey and Alfredo Armadillo. Clary’s aunt is travelling the world and sends postcards from each exotic location she visits. In 1977 Bangalory Time got a new storyteller when Clary left, and Marianne continued to entertain the children and puppets until the series ended in 1978. Read more about Bangalory Time

Oscar

TV series, 1978-1983

Puppet series about the inhabitants of Asblikfontein (“Trashcanville”), where discarded objects come to life. The main characters are Oscar, a cheeky but lovable rabbit, and Knersus, the prehistoric pterodactyl with a taste for rabbit meat. Knersus lives in a cave with his three sets of spare teeth, and it's here that he makes his wicked plans to catch Oscar and to annoy the inhabitants of Asblikfontein. Oscar’s friends are knight and inventor Prins Poggenpoel, who went off course during a dragon hunt and was never found; Snorkie the little dragon; and Marietjie the pretty rag doll. Read more about Oscar

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

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

Haas Das se Nuuskas

TV series, 1976-1980

Children’s series in which rabbit Haas Das brings the daily news from the animal kingdom. He is assisted (or hampered) by Piet Muis, the rather neurotic mouse who brings in the late bulletins and reads the weather. Haas Das was known for his sense of style: every week he sported a new tie, and as the series became more popular, viewers would send him ties to wear. (His name translates to "Hare Tie"). Read more about Haas Das se Nuuskas

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