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Penny Crayon
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Penny Crayon title screen
Created by Peter Maddocks
Voices of Su Pollard
Peter Hawkins
Opening theme "Penny Crayon"
Ending theme "Penny Crayon" (Instrumental)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 12
Production
Executive producer(s) Maddocks Animation
Parkfield Publishing
Running time 10 minutes per episode (approx.)
Release
Original network BBC1
YTV
TV2
BBC Kids
BFBS
SSVC Television
Picture format 4:3
Original release 14 September 1989 (1989-09-14) – 1 October 1990 (1990-10-01)
Chronology
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Penny Crayon is a 1989 children's television series that tells the adventures of a very intellectual and well-meaning (but occasionally mischievous) school-girl who loves to draw, and her escapades accompanied by her best friend, Dennis. Using the magic crayons that she always carries with her, she brings everything that she ever draws to life, to either help them on their adventures or to get them out of tricky situations, and usually creating a world of chaos until it is either erased or washed away.

The origins of Penny's crayons was never explained or hinted at in the series; however series creator Peter Maddocks released a prequel story, along with an adaptation of the episode 'Dickens of a Mess', in digital format in 2012, which told the story of how Penny came to have her magic crayons.

Characters

  • Penny Crayon is a highly intelligent and resourceful schoolgirl, with a Northern accent and who loves drawing. She has magic crayons and pencils that can draw on any surface including brick walls, cave interiors and even the inside of a whale's mouth. She is voiced by comedy actress Su Pollard, whose face Penny visually resembles.
  • Dennis Pillbeam (his surname is never given on-screen but is mentioned in literature accompanying the series) is Penny's best friend, an excitable, good-natured simple boy who can often to be heard praising Penny's cleverness or bravery. The only other regular character in the series, he is voiced by Peter Hawkins, who had also done voice-work for Maddocks Animation's previous television series.

Pollard and Hawkins voice all other characters. Several episodes feature Cousin Tara (also voiced by Pollard), Penny's nemesis who owns a magic rubber that can erase Penny's drawings.

Episodes

  1. The Tower of London (14 September 1989)
  2. The Cookery Class (21 September 1989)
  3. A Circus Lion (28 September 1989)
  4. An Amusement Park (5 October 1989)
  5. The Waxworks Museum (12 October 1989)
  6. The Pantomime (19 October 1989)
  7. A Haunted House (26 October 1989)
  8. A Silly Day-Dream (2 November 1989)
  9. The Camping Holiday (10 September 1990)
  10. The Treasure Hunt (17 September 1990)
  11. A Dickens of A Mess (24 September 1990)
  12. The Dog Show (1 October 1990)

Note: Circus Lion was the first episode produced; and shares some story elements of the original Penny Crayon story read on Playbus.

UK VHS Tape Releases

In 1989, Parkfield Publishing released two video cassettes from the first Penny Crayon series.

VHS video title Year of release Episodes
Penny Crayon: Volume 1 (MKC 0001) 1989 The Circus Lion, Waxworks Museum, Cookery Class, Pantomime,
Penny Crayon: Volume 2 (MKC 0002) 1989 Tower of London, Amusement Park, Camping Holiday, Treasure Hunt

In 1992, Tring Video UK released three Penny Crayon videos with four episodes on each tape.

VHS video title Year of release Episodes
The Adventures of Penny Crayon: Camping Holiday 1992 Camping Holiday,
The Adventures of Penny Crayon: Dog Show 1992 Dog Show, A Dickens of a Mess, Pantomime, Tower of London
The Adventures of Penny Crayon: Treasure Hunt 1992 Treasure Hunt, Amusement Park, Circus Lion, Silly Daydream

In 1994, Carlton Home Entertainment released a single video with only four episodes.

VHS video title Year of release Episodes
Penny Crayon: As Seen on TV (30073401430) 1994 Camping Holiday, Waxworks Museum, Haunted House, and The Cookery Class

Several book adaptations and a 1990 annual were also released.

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