Saturday, 13 December 2014
35 The Adventures of Parsley
First watched : Uncertain
The Adventures of Parsley was not so much a spin-off from The Herbs ( which ceased to be made ) as a re-tooling of the programme for the pre-news slot ( it replaced Hector's House from Monday 6th April 1970 ). All the regular characters made the transition and most of the action took place in the Herb Garden. Dill was promoted to being Parsley's main sidekick.
The reduction of the running time to 5 minutes meant that the characters' signature songs had to be jettisoned. The other main difference was that Parsley could now speak for himself and reveal a laconic wit. The Adventures of Parsley also acknowledged the world outside the Garden; in one episode Dill is writing his entry for Who's Who.
Despite its being the first British-made show in the slot, The Adventures of Parsley does not seem to have been a roaring ( sorry ) success. It was not re-commissioned after 32 episodes and had only one repeat run the following year. This didn't adversely affect the careers of either Michael Bond or Ivor Wood as we shall see.