Following on from “Jack And The Beanstalk” (1998) and “Cinderella” (1999), in 2000, ITV commissioned another Christmas pantomime from writer Simon Nye - “Aladdin” - which was then produced by London Weekend Television. With an all-star cast including Griff Rhys Jones, Martin Clunes & Patsy Kensit, the show was recorded at The Wimbledon Theatre over two days and the best takes cut together for the TV version.
The same method was used for the 2001 Pantomime, “Dick Whittington”, which was a full-blooded Pozzitive production.
First Tx: 25/12/2000 ITV1 18.15-19.45
Recorded At The Wimbledon Theatre
|Genie Of The Lamp||Julian Clary|
|Wishee Washee||Ralf Little|
|Spirit Of The Ring||Paul Merton|
|Police Chief||Billy Murray|
|Emperor||Griff Rhys Jones|
|Widow Twankey||John Savident|
|High Priestess||Meera Syal|
|With special guests||Trisha Goddard|
|Written by||Simon Nye|
|Produced by||Lisa Clark|
|Directed by||Geoff Posner|
There's a nice site which contains info on many television pantomimes from Pozzitive's "Dick Whittington" for ITV all the way back to before the "Crackerjack" pantomimes in the Sixties. Do click here