Supergran
Is she still fighting crime in Chisleton?



 BEFORE...
"Supergran" was adapted for television from the "Super Gran" series of childrens books by Forrest Wilson.
First shown in 1985 on ITV, "Supergran" was set in Scotland and was about Granny Smith (played by Gudrun Ure) who had special powers after being accidentally hit by the beam from a magic ray machine.
The show was broadcast weekly, where Supergran used her special powers against the villain Scunner Campbell and his sidekicks Muscles and Dustin and to fight crime in her home town of Chisleton.
Two series, each consisting of 13 half-hour episodes were shown, along with a Christmas special in 1986. The final episode was screened in 1987.

 AFTER...
Gudrun Ure, who played the title role, went on to appear in episodes of famous British TV series including "Midsomer Murders" in 1997, "Where The Heart Is" in 1997, and "Casualty" in 2002.
Gudrun also played significant roles in the TV series "The Crow Road" and "The 10th Kingdom".
Iain Cuthbertson, who played Scunner Campbell, has also done a lot of TV work, appearing in episodes of "Casualty", "Inspector Morse" and "Poirot" as well as the films "Scandal" and "Gorillas In The Mist".
Jenny McDade who adapated the Forrest Wilsons books for the screen also went on to write for the TV series "Mr Majeika".
Forrest Wilson carried on writing "Super Gran" books, and audio cassette versions are available featuring Gudrun Ure as narrator.
Episodes from the show were released on video, but are now hard to find.

 DO YOU REMEMBER...
Her magic bicycle and her skimmer mobile.
Billy Connolly singing the theme tune... "Stand back Superman, Iceman, Spiderman, Batman and Robin too... Don't wanna cause a ruckus, but B. A. Barracus have I got a match for you... She makes them look like a bunch of fairies... She's got more bottle than United Dairies... Hang about... Look out... for Supergran..."
Guest appearances from the likes of George Best, Geoff Capes, Gary Glitter, Spike Milligan, Eric Bristow, Bernard Cribbins, Willie Thorne, Barbara Windsor and Lulu.

 DID YOU KNOW...
Patrick Troughton, who is best known for playing "Doctor Who", made his last TV appearance as a guest star in "Supergran".

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