TV series, 1981-1985

The adventures of a little dog named Cheesecake and his good friend Tennessee, the cat from the American South. They often play detective to bring down villaineous theatre cat Reginald who loves wearing costumes and playing nasty tricks. His sidekick is an elegant pink poodle named Madame – though she’s ready to drop his side when too much trouble brews. The series was a co-production between the SABC and the UK’s ITV. While head of production Nick Orchard and puppeteer Mary Edwards were British, the rest of the production team came from South Africa.

Production summary: 

Premiere date:

4 September 1981






Children and youth; Puppets

Number of series:


Number of episodes:


Production company:



Caroline Muir; Robyn Simon; Bob Murray

Cast and Crew: 

Voice artistCharacter
André JacobsCheesecake (and others)
Tim Plewman 
Elizabeth Staughton 

Caroline MuirDirector (Series 1)
Robyn SimonDirector (Series 2)
Bob MurrayWriter; Director (Series 2)
Nick OrchardProducer
Mary EdwardsPuppets; Manipulation
Patrick DoddemeadeCamera (Series 2)
Armand du PlessisCamera (Series 2)
Gideon SmithSound (Series 2)
Joey OppermanSound (Series 2


Series 1

Episode 1
Original air date: 4 September 1981

Cheesecake comes up against an evil-minded theatre cat named Reginald.

Episode 2
Original air date: 11 September 1981

Cheesecake and Tennessee enter an art competition to show oof their talent as painters.

Episode 3
Original air date: 18 September 1981

Reginald, Theatre Cat Extraordinary, joins the army disguised as a soldier – but he’s in for a big surprise.

Episode 4
Original air date: 25 September 1981

Reginald discovers that Tennessee has a magical guitar. He plots to steal the instrument so that he can become a famous guitar player.

Episode 5
Original air date: 2 October 1981

Cheesecake and Tennessee ruin Madame’s birthday party and she goes to Reginald for consolation.

Series 2

Coming soon!


  • Stella du Toit, Westgate ... Die Trefferreeks waarop almal wag. Radio en TV Dagboek, 31 August - 6 September 1981, pp.72-75.