Jane TV Series Overview (1982-1984)


Introduction

Jane is an early 1980s British animated and live-action military comedy television series, and was produced for two series, in 1982 and 1984.

Outline

Set during World War II, it was based on a comic strip created by Norman Pett and first published in the Daily Mail in 1932.

BBC 2’s adaption of the classic adult UK comic strip of the same name especially popular during WWII for its heavy pin-up elements. Ingenue, Jane Gay, does her best to foil enemy agents as well as lose clothing.

The series was produced in 10-minute episodes.

The cast included Glynis Barber (as Jane), Bob Danvers Walker, Max Wall, Dean Allen, Robin Bailey, Suzanne Danielle, John Bird, Frank Thornton and Clive Mantle. Graham McCallum won BAFTA Awards for Best Graphics in 1983 and 1985 for his work on the two series.

Cast

  • Glynis Barber … Jane.
  • Bob Danvers Walker … Narrator.
  • Max Wall … Tombs.
  • Dean Allen … Georgie Porgie.
  • Robin Bailey … Colonel Henry.
  • Frank Thornton … Commander L.
  • Suzanne Danielle … Lola Pagola.
  • John Bird … Casper Cutler.
  • John Rapley … Prof. Donner.
  • John Savident … Count Boris Badinov.
  • Clive Mantle … Private Smith.
  • Fiona Hendley … Pola Pagola.
  • Leonard Trolley … Maj. Dunlightly3 episodes, 1982
  • Bob Todd … Professor Crankshaft.
  • Nancy Nevinson … Colonel’s Wife.
  • Alan Mason … Sentry.
  • Jimmy Mac … Porter.
  • John Quayle … Freddy.
  • Lionel Taylor … General.
  • Derek Ware … Chemist.
  • Nigel Bellairs … Soldier.
  • Arthur Nightingale … George.
  • Arnold Locke … Bert.
  • Howard Lang … Churchil.
  • Henry Woolf … Sheik Bulbul Ben Catara.

Jane Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Andrew Gosling … (10 episodes, 1982-1984).
  • Producer(s):
    • Ian Keill … producer (10 episodes, 1982-1984).
  • Writer(s):
    • Mervyn Haisman … (10 episodes, 1982-1984).
    • Norman Pett … (creator) (10 episodes, 1982-1984).
  • Music:
    • Neil Innes … (10 episodes, 1982-1984).
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s):
    • Les Newman … (5 episodes, 1982).
    • Malcolm Warner … (2 episodes, 1982-1984).
  • Production:
    • BBC.
  • Distributor(s):
    • BBC (all media) (original airing).
  • Release Date:
    • Season 01: 02 August 1982 to 06 August 1982.
    • Season 02: 03 September 1984 to 07 September 1984.
  • Running Time: 10 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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