Goodies ? How About A Banana-man?

Bananaman, 1983

Bananaman was a popular cartoon that will be 40 years old later this year.  The character originally appeared in a D.C.Thomson comic entitled, NUTTY.  It was made into an animated Kids TV series in 1983 by Terry Ward of Flicks Films Ltd.

Between 1983 and 1986, there were 40 episodes of 5 minutes each broadcast over 3 series.  The series featured the voices of comedy trio ‘The Goodies’.

For TV parts of the original comic book character were changed.  In the comic Bananaman’s alter ego is Eric Wimp, this was changed for TV to Eric Twinge.  Wimp’s punk stubble was changed to a distinctive banana-shaped hairstyle and when in Bananaman guise he was given a love interest in the form of Fiona, a newsreader.

Summary

Stupid, but well-meaning and super-strong super-hero, Bananaman gets his strength from eating bananas.

His alter ego Eric Twinge is keen to keep his alter-ego a secret. His best friend is a crow who brings bananas to Eric (or Bananaman) when they are needed for extra strength. Bananaman is always ready to fight the baddies.

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Starring The Voices Of

Graeme Garden
Tim Brooke-Taylor
Bill Oddie

Details

Channel: BBC1
Written By: John Geering
Production Company: Flick’s Films Ltd
Original Transmission Dates: October 3rd 1983 – 4th March 1986

Where To Watch

Streaming on Brit box UK/ ITVX