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The Queen's Nose
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Genre Children's Drama
Created by Dick King-Smith (original adaption)
Steve Attridge (series 2–3)
Developed by BBC
Film and General Productions Ltd
Starring Victoria Shalet
Paula Wilcox
Theme music composer Carl Davis
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 7
No. of episodes 44 (list of episodes)
Production
Production location(s) London
Running time 25 minutes
Release
Original network BBC One
Original release 15 November 1995 (1995-11-15) – 16 December 2003 (2003-12-16)

The Queen's Nose is a 1995 BBC children's television series. It was adapted by Steve Attridge from the novel The Queen's Nose written by Dick King-Smith. It ran for seven series.

The television series

See also: List of The Queen's Nose episodes

The novel was adapted into three television series by the BBC which were broadcast during the CBBC slot between 1995 and 1998. The stories remained faithful to the book, with the same ten wishes being granted upon rubbing the coin. The first series by Steve Attridge, directed by Carol Wiseman and edited by Sue Robinson, won the Royal Television Society 1996 award for best Children's Drama, and the third series also by Steve Attridge winning the Indie Awards 1999 prize for Digital Cinematography.

In 2000, the BBC revived the series with new stories, but without the main character Harmony, with a further four series being made between 2000 and 2003. Many viewers felt that the departure from the novels and the loss of the main character, played by Victoria Shalet, diminished the series. The later series did however still feature other members of the Parker family in various roles. Harmony's sister Melody, played by Heather-Jay Jones, stayed on until the penultimate series. As of 2010, The Queen's Nose was no longer repeated on the CBBC Channel.

The Queen's Nose has also been broadcast in Germany, under the name Die Magische Münze (The Magic Coin).

Cast

  • Melody Parker–Heather-Jay Jones (series 1–6)
  • Harmony Parker–Victoria Shalet (series 1–4)
  • Grobler–Ian Reddington (series 1–6)
  • Mr Arthur Parker–Stephen Moore (series 1–2, 4–5)
  • Mrs Audrey Parker–Paula Wilcox (series 1, 2, 4, 5)
  • Granny–Liz Smith (series 2)
  • Aunt Glenda–Nerys Hughes (series 3)
  • Uncle Ginger–Donald Sumpter (series 1–3)
  • Himself–Gary Mabbutt (series 1)
  • Gregory–Callum Dixon (series 1, 2, 3, 6)
  • Tom–Anthony Hamblin (series 1, 2)
  • Paul–Joe Cadden (series 2, 7)
  • Sam–Ella Jones (series 4–6, 7)
  • Sophie–Dominique Moore (series 4–6, 7)
  • Mrs Dooley–Annette Badland (series 4, 5)
  • Aaron–Darryl Hutton (series 4)
  • Dino–Vicki Lee Taylor (series 3)
  • Melody's Agent–Paul Danan (series 6)
  • Jake–Jordan Metcalfe (series 7)
  • Gemma–Lucinda Dryzek (series 7)
  • Chief–David Sterne (series 7)
  • Wesley–Joshua Garland (series 7)
  • Duncan–Nicholas Gleaves (series 7)
  • Nick–Brock Everitt-Elwick (series 7)
  • Carla–Juliet Cowan (series 7)
  • Ben–Pablo Duarte (series 6, 7)
  • Mr Marsh–Bill Bingham (series 7)
  • Darren–Andrew James Michel (series 7)
  • Frank–Martin Jarvis (series 7)
  • Frank Puppeteer–William Todd-Jones (series 7)
  • Pansy–Grace Atherton (series 4–6)
  • Emily–Montanna Thompson (5 episodes- 2000)
  • Judge–Bob Goody (series 4–one episode)

Owners of The Queen's Nose

  • Harmony Parker (series 1 to 2)
  • Dino Parker (series 3 alongside Harmony)
  • Sam (series 4 to 6)
  • Jake (series 7)

Series overview

See also: List of The Queen's Nose episodes
Series Episodes First air date Last air date
1 6 15 November 1995 20 December 1995
2 6 13 November 1996 18 December 1996
3 6 18 November 1998 23 December 1998
Specials 2 30 December 1999 28 August 2000
4 6 13 November 2000 18 December 2000
5 6 24 September 2001 29 October 2001
6 6 23 September 2002 30 October 2002
7 6 11 November 2003 16 December 2003

VHS

Release name
Release date
Country
Classifaction
Publisher
Format
Language Subtitles Notes
REF
The Queen's Nose 15 September 1997 United Kingdom U Carlton PAL English None Series 1, Episode 1 & 2
The Queen's Nose 11 November 2002 United Kingdom U ITC PAL English None Series 1, Episode 1 & 2
The Queen's Nose - Harmony's Return 11 November 2002 United Kingdom U ITC PAL English None Series 2
The Queen's Nose - Harmony's Holiday 11 November 2002 United Kingdom PG ITC PAL English None Series 3

Radio dramatisation

In 2011 The Queen's Nose was adapted for radio by Elizabeth Kuti and the hour-long drama was broadcast on Radio 4 Extra on Sunday 26 June 2011. The programme was produced by Heather Larmour.

Radio dramatisation cast

  • Harmony Parker - Lauren Mote
  • Uncle Ginger - Rupert Graves
  • Mr Parker - Richard Lumsden
  • Mrs Parker - Matilda Ziegler
  • Melody Parker - Holly Bodimeade

Ratings (CBBC Channel)

Week Viewers Notes
Monday 13 May 2002 50,000 2nd most watched on CBBC that week.
Tuesday 21 May 2002 50,000 3rd most watched on CBBC that week.
Wednesday 5 June 2002 70,000 2nd most watched on CBBC that week.
Monday 3 June 2002 50,000 5th most watched on CBBC that week.
Thursday 13 June 2002 20,000 8th most watched on CBBC that week.
Monday 17 June 2002 30,000 10th most watched on CBBC that week.
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