- Fat Cat and Friends
"Fat Cat and Friends" was an
Australian children's television show starring Fat Cat, an orange anthropomorphiccat who wears red braces, a blue bow tieand a green bowler hat. The show was similar in concept to " Here's Humphrey" featuring Humphrey B. Bear. It was produced in the studios of Channel 10 Adelaide and it survived the 1987 frequency switch of channels 10 & 7 in Adelaide.
The show ran on the 0-10 Network (as it was then known) from
1972until 1987, then on the Seven Networkuntil it was cancelled in 1992after the Australian Broadcasting Tribunalclaimed that the program was not educational enough and was "not clearly defined and might confuse the young". The character being mute was also a clear issue despite the precedent of Humphrey B. Bear.
Despite cancellation, Fat Cat still appears on Perth television screens as the
mascotof Seven Perth's highly successful Telethonfundraising organisation.
Fat Cat was played by Ralf Hadzic, who currently operates wine tours in Adelaide with an organisation called "Life is a Cabernet". The character had earlier been played by a male friend of the show's musician, singer
Initially slated for release as a sidekick to Fat Cat, the character of 'Stringbean' was originally played in the first month of screening by veteran comedic actor 'Nudge McGee'.
List of Australian television series
* [http://colsearch.nfsa.afc.gov.au/nfsa/search/display/display.w3p;adv=yes;group=;groupequals=;holdingType=;page=0;parentid=;query=626507;querytype=;rec=0;resCount=10 Fat Cat and Friends at the National Film and Sound Archive]
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