The Herbs, 1968
The Herbs was a children’s TV show broadcast on the BBC. It ran for one series of thirteen episodes in 1968.
Created by Michel Bond who also created Paddington Bear. The Herbs was made by Filmfair using stop motion model animation a technique very popular at the time.
There was a very sophisticated writing and narrative technique to The Herbs not unlike Magic Roundabout. Consequently the appeal of the series was somewhat broader than was intended. It is perhaps why along with many similar shows of the time it still retains a following among those who watched it when it was first broadcast.
In 1970, two years after the Herb Garden, Parsley popped up on our screens again in a spin off series “The Adventures Of Parsley”.
The Herbs consisted of a fantasy mix of human and animal characters inhabiting the magical walled garden of a country estate.
At the beginning of each episode, the narrator spoke the magic word, “Herbidacious”, which caused the garden gate to open.
Narrated By: Gordon Rollings
Created and Written By: Michael Bond
Directed By: Ivor Wood
Original Transmission Dates: 12th February – 6th May 1968