1 9 8 5 – 1 9 8 7 (UK)
27 x 30 episodes
In the small British town of Chisleton, small-time criminal mastermind “Scunner” Campbell (Iain Cuthbertson) has stolen a new invention – a magic ray machine – from Inventor Black (Bill Shine) and his granddaughter, Edison (Holly English initially and then Samantha Duffy), that he hopes will give him superpowers. Just as soon as he makes it work that is.
However, a botched firing makes the ray go astray and it hits frail old Scottish Granny Smith (Gudrun Ure) – who is watching her grandson Willie (Iam Towell and then Michael Graham) play football – instead. Suddenly, the Granny gains super strength and speed to become the local superhero, Super Gran.
Now – mounted on her Flycycle – Super Gran protects her town from the forces of evil, although The Scunner Campbell – and his henchmen, The Muscles (Alan Snell and Brian Lewis) and Tub (Lee Marshall initially and then Jason Carrielies) – are not exactly a major challenge.
Guest stars on the show included George Best, Spike Milligan, Bernard Cribbins, Roy Kinnear, Patrick Troughton and Charles Hawtrey (in his final television appearance).
Produced by Tyne Tees television, two series of 13 episodes and a Christmas special aired between 1985 and 19987. The series was filmed in locations around North East England including Tynemouth, Whitley Bay, South Shields, Seaton Sluice and Beamish Museum.
An empty shop in Front Street, Tynemouth, was used for no less than eight different locations, appearing as an RAF recruiting office, a cake shop, a cobbler’s shop, a job centre, a dress shop, bank manager’s office, gents outfitter and a clock and antique shop.
The theme song was performed by Billy Connolly.
Roderick “The Scunner” Campbell
Holly English (1)
Samantha Duffy (2)
Willard (Willie Dalgliesh Keegan Smith)
Iam Towell (1)
Michael Graham (2)
Lee Marshall (2)
Jason Carrielies (1)