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The Magic Roundabout is a BBC children's television program, later to be aired on Channel 4 was created in France by Serge Danot in 1963. The original pilot programs were filmed in Serge Danot bathroom, the French version of the show was known in France as Le Manège enchanté. The original Magic Roundabout had 450 episodes that were five minutes in length and were originally broadcast by the ORTF between 1964 and 1971.

In the United Kingdom the BBC aired the show from 18 October 1965 to 25 January 1977, using the original Serge Danot stop motion animation footage with new scripts written and narrated by Eric Thompson, these scripts had no resemblance to the original storylines.

The Creator

The Translators
The Characters

 Created by the French author Serge Danot in 1965, the Le Manège Enchanté (The Horse-gear Magic) had over 500 episodes made between 1963 and 1967.

  Serge Danot The Creator Of The Magic Roundabout
Serge Danot the creator

 Serge Danot, an ex-advertising executive moved into the world of animation.

 The programs were filmed in a derelict house in Paris, where the fuses kept blowing because of the amount of electricity used by the lights on the set

 To listen to a French sound track sung by Pollux ( Dougal ) Click Here MP3 Format.

For a full English translation of the lyrics from the Pollux song.

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Zebedee's famous closing words

Round And About

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 The translations of Le Manège Enchanté series were done by Eric Thompson(Father of the actress Emma Thompson), who was at that time working as a presenter on the children's program Play School.

 Eric Thompson  picture from:  The Making of The Massacre

 Once Eric Thompson was chosen to do the voices and narration of the programs, he decided not work from the translations of the French scripts but made up stories to fit the pictures as he went along.

 Actor Nigel Planer

 In 1992 Channel Four bought the rights to a further 52 French shows not seen in Britain. Eric Thompson had died by this time, so Nigel Planer stepped in to provide the script adoptions and narration.

Fact Sheet: On Nigel Planer


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 Le Manège Enchant, later to be known as the Magic Roundabout became a television legend and a nightly favorite with English children.

 This simple BBC children's series was shown as five minute episodes every evening.

 The Cast of The Magic Roundabout

The Magic Roundabout Cast

Brian: Snail
Dougal: Shaggy Dog
Dylan: Spacey Rabbit
Ermintrude: Pink Cow
Florence: Girl
Mr McHenry: Gardener
Zebedee: Jack In A Box


New Movie Pictures

Pathé Pictures has kindly given us some preview pictures of the characters from the new movie which will be release in 2005.

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