1 9 6 8 (UK)
13 x 15 minute episodes
With the magic word “Herbidaceous” the gate to the walled garden of Sir Basil and Lady Rosemary would open revealing such wonderfully named characters as Dill the Dog, Sage the Owl (who was always falling out of his nest), Aunt Mint, Constable Napweed, Tarragon the Dragon, Signor Solidago, Mr Onion the Schoolteacher and his pupils the Chives, Bayleaf the Gardener, Pashana Bedhi (an Indian Fakir) and Belladonna (an evil witch).
The most famous of them all was a large-headed lion by the name of Parsley, who proved such a hit that he was spun off into his own series (The Adventures of Parsley) in 1970.
The Adventures of Parsley enjoyed seven consecutive years of repeats until it was finally dropped from schedules in the late 1970s.
The narrator was Gordon Rollings (Arkwright from the John Smith’s beer commercials).
Parsley’s Tail | Sage’s Nest Blows | Belladonna the Witch | Tarragon and the Eggs | The Chives Catch Cold |Pashana Bedhi the Snake Charmer | Miss Jessop Tidies Up | Parsley and the Circus Lion | Sage’s Singing Lesson | Strawberry Picking | Sir Basil’s Fishing Expedition | The Show | Parsley’s Birthday Party