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Simon and the Witch

Simon and the Witch was a children's comedy television programme from 1987 which used to be on just after school. Simon (Hugh Pollard) was a boy who knew a witch (Elizabeth Spriggs) with hilarious consequences.

Other characters included the very posh Lady Fox-Custard (Joan Sims) and the Italian restaurant owner Valdini (C J Allen).

Twenty five, fifteen minute episodes of Simon and the Witch were produced in total between 1987 and 1988.


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Simon and the Witch? Last post by Lisey
15 August 2008

Do You Remember Simon and the Witch?

Do You Remember Simon and the Witch?

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    Got a copy of both series recently. Even 27 years on it's still just as funny as it was when it was first transmiited all those years ago. Come on BBC, give it an official DVDS release.
  • Anonymous user
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    There is a memorial for Ilan Ostrove (he was credited as 'Ilan OstLOVE, on the show, however) on 'Youtube'. Search on 'Ilan Ostrove', and it shows it. Nice tribute, tragic how he passed at just 22, and a good few years ago, now.
  • Anonymous user
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    Don't know why my last comment's been repeated four times! The witch must have cast a spell!
  • Anonymous user
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    Does anyone know what David Crane, who played Jimmy and a very different character in Grange Hill is doing now? Surely he's still alive, surely only one of the actors who played Simon's close male friends can have died young. Another point, Cuthbert wasn't a snob, I'm sure most people who've seen the show would agree with that.
    • Anonymous user
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      I found out later that David Crane became an adult actor under the name 'David Shane'. If IMDB is right, he hasn't acted since 2004. I wonder what he's been doing since then. I would delete my original message but I can't/ don't know how to.
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    Durn-de-de-durn! Another highlight of the Eighties, for me. The books are well worth looking up, too (Margaret Stuart Barry). They chose two of the later ones to adapt for this series. Superb cast and very funny. Nicola Stapleton (Sally) went on to be Mandy in EastEnders, of course, and then appear in Bad Girls. Hugh Pollard who played Simon now works behind the camera, I think. Sadly Elizabeth Spriggs and Joan Sims (the witch, and Lady Fox-Custard, respectively) have now left us. Well overdue for a DVD release, BBC. Anyone remember that one of Stuart Barry's stories had already been adapted for TV prior to this series? It was the very first Simon and the Witch story, The Backwards Spell, and aired as part of a Dramarama-type anthology series that I think was called Down Our Street.
  • Anonymous user
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    Ha I had a mate at school who looked like Cuthbert...he got ripped about it....To this very day he is still known as 'Cuthbert'. Quality
  • Anonymous user
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    Different class! How come kids shows/cartoons were so amazing in the 80s? Im so glad my childhood was then not now wiv all the rubbish they get now. The girl from simon and the witch is now in eastenders. I so wish an 80s kids channel would be made it would be a major hit. Who agrees?
    • Anonymous user
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      I agree, but I would though, wouldn't I? https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0752463373/ref=as_li_tf_til?tag=doyouremem-21&camp=1406&creative=6394&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0752463373&adid=1A73Z2H613HJEVMM3RDX& DVD now available
  • Anonymous user
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    Everyone seems to have left out the Witche's two witch friends in Series one episodes 1 and 2. they were Minnie the Moan and Hattie.
  • Anonymous user
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    i have both series on dvd contact me for more info knowitall68@yahoo.co.uk
  • Anonymous user
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    I made my own DVDS of both Series of this DVD.Can do copies for anyone email me at knowitall68@yahoo.co.uk