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Here's Humphrey
Genre
  • Preschool
Starring Humphrey B. Bear
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 40
No. of episodes 3,000
1,776
Production
Production location(s) Adelaide, South Australia
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Banksia Productions
Release
Original network Nine Network
Picture format
  • Black and white (1965–75)
  • PAL (1975–2000)
  • 576i (SDTV) (2000–08)
Audio format
  • Mono (1965–75)
  • Stereo (1975–2008)
Original release 24 May 1965 (1965-05-24) – 29 February 2008 (2008-02-29)

Here's Humphrey is an Australian children's television series produced by Banksia Productions for the Nine Network, which first aired on 24 May 1965. It features an anthropomorphic brown bear character known as Humphrey B. Bear.

Here's Humphrey has become one of the most successful programs for preschoolers in Australia and is one of the longest running children's television programs in the world. The program received multiple Logie Television Awards.

Format

The series features anthropomorphic brown bear character known as Humphrey B. Bear, who is mute. Set in a magical forest, Humphrey is paired with a human presenter, who narrates their adventures. The series takes place in Humphrey's tree house, where he partakes in magical adventures.

One of the central ideas presented in the show is the importance of taking part and not always being successful at everything.

Cast

Presenters

  • Patsy Biscoe (1970)
  • Ian Fairweather (1967)
  • Martin Portus
  • Heidi Greig (1988-1992)
  • David Sadler (1988-1992)
  • Terry Webb (1988-1992)
  • Ann Carter (1988-1992)

Humphrey B. Bear

Several performers portrayed the role of Humphrey.

  • Edwin Duryea (1965)
  • Rev. Ross Hutchinson
  • John Maclean

Episodes

More than 3,000 episodes of Here's Humphrey have been produced. It has also been stated that only 1,776 episodes were filmed.

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
2000 180 2000 (2000) 2003 (2003)
2007 60 10 December 2007 (2007-12-10) 29 February 2008 (2008-02-29)

Broadcast

In September 2013, community station West TV began airing repeats of Here's Humphrey in Perth.

Awards and nominations

The program received multiple Logie Television Awards, and the character won a special "Citizen of the Year" Award at the 1994 Australia Day celebrations.

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
1969 Logie Award Best Children's TV Series Here's Humphrey Won
1970 Best Children's TV Series Here's Humphrey Won
1975 Parents Without Partners Distinguished Service to Children Award Humphrey B. Bear Won
1978 Festival of Light Humphrey B. Bear Won
1978 Logie Award Favourite Children's Personality Humphrey B. Bear Won
1979 Television Society of Australia Individual Achievement Humphrey B. Bear Won
1982 Penguin Award for Best Children's Personality Humphrey B. Bear Won
Logie Award Best Children's TV Series Here's Humphrey Won
1994 Australia Day Citizen of the Year Humphrey B. Bear Won
2003 Heritage Listed and National Trust Icon Humphrey B. Bear Won
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