Cosgrove Hall Films
20 February 1986
ITV, CBeebies, CITV
| 7.7/10 |
13 November 1985
Brian Cosgrove, Mark Hall
| Brian Cosgrove
"Alias the Jester" by Keith Hopwood and Malcolm Rowe
Richard Briers, Brian Trueman, Jimmy Hibbert, Myfanwy Talog, Brian Wilde
Moschops, The Adventures of Sir Pra, Noah and Nelly in SkylArk, The Adventures of Portlan, Hattytown Tales
Alias the Jester is a British animated series created by Cosgrove Hall Films, airing in 13 episodes on ITV starting on 13 November 1985. The show also aired in Australia in 1987 during the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) after school timeslot and is considered one of the Classic ABC shows. GBC TV in Gibraltar aired the series multiple times in the late eighties, notably as a filler during the children's 6:30pm–7:30pm weekday slot.
The show follows the adventures of a time traveller by the name of Alias and his dog-like companion Boswell. After their malfunctioning ship gets stuck in the Earth's magnetic pole, they crash-land in a Middle Age kingdom called Houghton Bottoms, ruled by the diminutive King Arthur and his Queen Edith. Taking up a secret identity of sorts as Alias the Jester, he gains employment at the court and befriends the bumbling court wizard Meredith. When the situation calls for it, Alias instantly changes back into his red uniform, which enables him to fly, and presumably a degree of super strength, which he can use to face the various villains of the show. Each episode inevitably ends with Arthur firing Alias and Meredith (exception being the initial episode in which Arthur proclaims "you're hired").
Alias the Jester - A "time traveller bold" as said in the title track. After crashing in the Middle Ages he gets a job as a jester for King Arthur. He also fights crime as the Red Knight, who the wizard Meredith believes he summoned. Alias is a stereotypical hero in many ways, possessing an urge to do what is right, however he also has a distinct but subtle sarcastic edge, which he sometimes uses in conversation, especially with Meredith. The feathers on his head appear to be part of his head rather than his suit as they are seen moving and could be the source of his flight.
Boswell - Alias' dog-like alien companion, apparently possessing a fairly high intellect as he is able to understand Alias and take orders. He is, however, only able to communicate with beeping and honking sounds, which presumably make up his language. Often he is among the first to sense danger.
Meredith - The bumbling but well-meaning court wizard of King Arthur. In an attempt to save the kingdom from its various enemies, he tried to summon a magical Red Knight. At that moment, completely coincidentally, Alias' ship crashed. From that point on, Meredith believes him to be the hero he had summoned.
The entire series was released on DVD in March 2006 alongside Avenger Penguins.Richard Briers - Alias
Jimmy Hibbert - Boswell, Queen Edith, Sir Pinkly
Myfanwy Talog - Princess Amaranth
Brian Trueman - King Arthur, The Black Najjer
Brian Wilde - Meredith
Written by: Brian Trueman
Music: Keith Hopwood, Malcolm Rowe
Layout: Chris Randall, Jean Flynn, Stephen Thomas, Ted Pettengell
Storylines: Tony Garth, Chris Randall
Animation: Dan Whitworth, Denise Heywood, Andy Wilson, Phil McMylor, Meryl Edge, Stephen Thomas, Jean Flynn, Robert Newman, Phil Morris, Kay Widdowson, Janet Nunn, Arthur de Cloedt, George Jackson, Denise McAllister, Gary Owen, Clinton J. Priest, Margaret Riley
Backgrounds: Margaret Riley, Barbara Alcock, Diane Wren, Malcolm Turner, Nick Pratt, Kevin Smith
Special Effects: Roy Huckerby
Painting: Lorraine Thomas, Judy Ringrose, Bev Phillips, Joan Storey, Yasodha Huckerby, Andrea Hancock, Jackie Mitchell, Lynn Hardie, Karen Brumell, Gloria Vassilou, Lesley Scott, Tony McAleese, Edmund Williams, Stephen Simpson, Sue Halliwell, Mark Povey, Andy Wilson, Simon White, Yasodha Gopal, Stephania Giani
Camera: Frank Hardie, Wendy Hardie, Wendy Senior, Peter Kidd, Phil Atack, Mark Sutton
Editing: Nigel Rutter, Nibs Senior, Zyggy Markiewicz, Jane Hicks, Stephen Perry, David Crompton
Assistant Director: Jean Flynn
Production Supervisor: Bob Burrows
Executive Producer: John Hambley
Produced by: Brian Cosgrove, Mark Hall
Directed by: Chris Randall
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