1 9 9 3 (UK)
6 x 25 minute episodes
This BBC2 comedy series starred deadpan Norman Lovett (Holly from Red Dwarf), who also co-wrote the episodes with Rab C Nesbitt creator Ian Pattinson.
Norman was a social misfit and eccentric inventor whose inventions landed him in a series of comedic situations. He shared his home and his quirky ideas with Dirk, a cynical talking dog (a specially-built puppet voiced by Geoffrey Hughes). There was also a talking horse painting (voiced by Leon Sinden).
Norman’s inventions included a helmet that recorded his dreams, heated toilet paper, a flying machine, and a hair restorer.
Although his life was littered with obstacles to his success, and the neighbours – Darren (Dicken Ashworth) and Una (Sara Corper) – thought he was crazy, his days were never dull.
Guests in the series included Bernard Cribbins (as a dying snowman), Jean Alexander (Coronation Street‘s Hilda Ogden as a 99-year-old ghost called Elsie Mittens), Arnold Brown, Russell Hunter and Magnus Magnusson.
A pilot aired in 1989, but it wasn’t until 1993 that a six-part series was commissioned and produced in Glasgow by BBC Scotland.
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