Mr Majeika facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsMr Majeika
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||19 x 25 min eps, plus 1 hr special|
|Running time||25 min|
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||ITV Network|
|Original release||13 March 1988– 14 February 1990|
Mr Majeika is the title of a series of children's books, written by Humphrey Carpenter and published between 1984 and 2006. It was adapted into a children's television series of the same title, produced for the ITV network by TVS, aired between 1988 and 1990, and starring Stanley Baxter as Mr Majeika. The stories have also been broadcast on radio.
The first volume, Mr Majeika, first published in 1984, was followed by Mr Majeika and the Music Teacher, Mr Majeika and the Haunted Hotel and The TV Adventures of Mr Majeika.
The focus of these stories is Mr Majeika, a teacher at St Barty's Primary School, a typical English primary school. However he is no ordinary man, as is apparent when he flies into Class Three's boring lesson on a magic carpet, which he then turns into a bicycle, confounding the headmaster; Mr Majeika is a wizard!
"People don't believe in wizards nowadays, so naturally they don't often pay them to do some work."—Mr Majeika
He thereafter astounds them with magical trickery which bring lessons to life, whether it is providing chips during dinner for all the children, or turning the nasty Hamish Bigmore into a frog for his insolence. Whatever the consequences, Class Three are sure that with Mr Majeika around, they will not be bored again. A recurring character is Wilhelmina Worlock, a witch who first appeared as a music teacher and has turned up regularly since in various disguises.
In the television series, Mr Majeika is an irrepressible wizard, sent to "Britland" from the planet Walpurgis because he had failed his O-level sorcery exam for the seventeenth time. He drops into the sleepy village of Much Barty, finding a post at St Barty's School as Class Three's new form-teacher, where he quickly befriends two of the children, Melanie Brace-Girdle and Thomas Grey. Both of these characters are also in the books, but Melanie is a much less important and very different type of character in the books, and is replaced by another character as female lead, Jody. Also in the books, Thomas has a twin brother called Pete.
Majeika enters into his magic with reluctance, however, because he is trying hard to behave himself on Earth, and because the Worshipful Wizard of Walpurgis is keeping an eye on him from above. All the same, trickery becomes more and more necessary, leading Majeika, Melanie and Thomas into some remarkable adventures. Their fun is despised, but usually prompted, by the horribly spoilt Hamish, a pupil so ghastly that his mere presence caused the resignation of the previous class teacher and frightened off the 79 applicants for the post. But one waggle of Mr Majeika's oddly tufted grey hair is all that it takes for Bigmore to be put firmly in his place.
Books in the series
|Series numbering||Title||Publication date||Length||Notes|
|1||Mr Majeika||May 17, 1984||96pp||First book in the series. Mr Majeika arrives at St Barty's school.|
|7||Mr Majeika and the Music Teacher||29 October 1987||96pp||First appearance of Wilhelmina Warlock.|
|8||Mr Majeika and the Haunted Hotel||27 October 1988||80pp|
|5||Mr Majeika and the Dinner Lady||2 August 1990||96pp|
|13||Mr Majeika and the School Play||6 August 1992||96pp|
|11||Mr Majeika and the School Inspector||29 April 1993||96pp|
|9||Mr Majeika and the School Book Week||5 August 1993||96pp|
|15||Mr Majeika's Postbag||24 February 1994||128pp||Not part of the St Barty's continuity. A mix of stories and activities.|
|4||Mr Majeika and the Ghost Train||5 October 1995||96pp|
|6||Mr Majeika and the School Caretaker||31 July 1997||96pp|
|14||Mr Majeika Vanishes||30 July 1998||96pp|
|2||Mr Majeika and the School Trip||29 April 1999||96pp|
|10||Mr Majeika and the Internet||7 June 2001||96pp|
|3||Mr Majeika and the Lost Spell Book||4 September 2003||96pp|
|12||Mr Majeika Joins the Circus||2 February 2006||96pp|
|The TV Adventures of Mr Majeika||February 25, 1988||144pp|
|More Television Adventures of Mr.Majeika||5 Jan 1989||176pp||Based on scripts by Jenny McDade.|
|Further Television Adventures of Mr.Majeika||January 4, 1990||128pp||Based on scripts by Jenny McDade.|
The series was written by Jenny McDade. Carpenter wrote the fourth book based on McDade's scripts, The Television Adventures of Mr Majeika. Three series of the programme were made, comprising twenty episodes in total. The location for St. Barty's Primary School was Matfield House in Tonbridge, Kent.
- Stanley Baxter as Mr. Majeika
- Roland MacLeod as Dudley Potter
- Fidelis Morgan as Bunty Brace-Girdle
- Eve Ferret as Pam Bigmore
- Claire Sawyer as Melanie Brace-Girdle
- Miriam Margolyes as Wilhermina Warlock
- Simeon Pearl as Hamish Bigmore
- Richard Murdoch as Worshipful Wizard
- Andrew Read as Thomas Grey
- Adele Silva as Fenella Fudd
- Christopher Mitchell as Ron Bigmore
- Sanjiv Madan as Prince
- Pat Coombs as Miss Flavia Jelley
- Vernon Dobtcheff as Wizard Marks
- Robin Driscoll as Sgt. Sevenoaks
There has been no commercial release of Mr Majeika on DVD in the UK. This is possibly due to ongoing rights issues after the production company, TVS, dropped out of the ITV network in 1992 and subsequently went through a number of take-overs. This problem affects the majority of the TVS programme archive as much of the original production paperwork and sales documentation has been lost during the intervening years. According to Kaleidoscope's TV Brain website, nine episodes of the series no longer exist in broadcast quality, although all but one of these is available on YouTube.
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