"Dick Whittington" - from l to r The Cat (Julian Clary), Dick Whittington (Kevin Bishop), The Dame (Richard Wilson)

Dick Whittington

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Dick Whittington

The fourth of the ITV Xmas Pantomimes - “Jack And The Beanstalk” (1998), “Cinderella” (1999), “Aladdin” (2000), ITV commissioned another Christmas pantomime from writer Simon Nye - Dick Whittington.

The show was recorded at The Wimbledon Theatre over two days - each day having a matinee and an evening performance - and the best takes were cut together for the TV version. It has to be admitted that the final performance of the second day was a little “light-hearted”. The show was broadcast on New Year’s Day 2002.

Highlights of the show include Mark Williams' swordfighting, Alderman Fitzwarren’s patter song, an interlude with Harry Hill as the Ship’s Painter and the obligatory water-sloshing scene with Paul Merton & Julian Clary.

The show has been repeated pretty much every Xmas since the first transmission.

Dick Whittington

First Tx: 1/01/2002 ITV1 17.30-19.00

Recorded at The Wimbledon Theatre

The Queen of TongaAmanda Barrie
The MayorSanjeev Bhaskar
DickKevin Bishop
The CatJulian Clary
Mrs. FitzwarrenVanessa Feltz
Alderman FitzwarrenJames Fleet
The PainterHarry Hill
Idle JackLee Mack
The CaptainPaul Merton
The Maid of TongaTina O’Brien
Alice FitzwarrenDebra Stephenson
The Good FairyJessica Hynes
King RatMark Williams
Sally the CookRichard Wilson
Written bySimon Nye

Laine Theatre Arts

Gerry Zuccarello

Produced In Association with Rockwood Edge Ltd.

Songs & Original Music
Philip Pope

Robert Kendell

Stunt Co-Ordinator
Paul Heasman

Set Provided By
Qdos Entertainment (Theatre) Ltd

Casting Directors
Suzanne Crowley
Gilly Poole

Art Director
John McHugh

Production Buyer
Bob Warans

Floor Manager
Nick Keene

Stage Director
John Gregory

Stage Manager
Jane Cotton

Andy Carroll
Soho 601

Costume Designer
Linda Martin

Make Up Designer
Lisa Cavalli-Green

OB Unit
BBC Resources

Resources Manager
Steve Chapman

Camera Supervisor
Nigel Saunders

PA Sound
Graham Backhouse

Tape/Gram Operator
Nick Roast

Sound Supervisor
John Caulfield

Dubbing Mixer
Glenn Calder

Special Effects
Andy McVean

Lighting Director
Stuart Gain

Production Team
Caz Brill
Fran Branson
Gazmond Doco
Christine Hagon
Ben Jerrit
Caroline Vent

Production Coordinator
Jo Keene

Script Supervisor
Maggi Hilliard

Vision Mixer
Barbara Hicks

Mykola Pawluk

Production Manager
Murray Peterson

Associate Producer
Jed Leventhall

Directed byGeoff Posner
Produced byDavid Tyler
Geoff Posner

Dick Whittington

Have a look at the picture gallery by clicking here

Read more about the New Wimbledon Theatre by clicking here (it gives a very nice mention of the ITV Pantomimes)

The show was written by Simon Nye, who's agent does a very nice line in blurb - click here to read about him

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 http://www.its-behind-you.com/

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