Friday, 27 March 2015
122 Lizzie Dripping
First watched : March 1973
I had to read up quite a bit on this one to be convinced I saw it. I think it was one my sister liked a lot more than me. The heroine Penny ( Tina Heath ) is a twelve year old girl of a somewhat imaginative frame of mind who starts seeing a witch ( Sonia Dresdel ) of whom no one else is aware. Some mild adventures ensue. There was no character called "Lizzie Dripping" ; it was apparently Midlands slang for a girl who told tall tales.
The series was developed from a Jackanory Playhouse drama specially written by children's author Helen Cresswell in 1972. There were two series made of four episodes each broadcast in 1973 and 1975. The first series was completely "original", the stories in the second were adaptations of books Cresswell had published in the meantime.
Tina Heath later had a short stint as a Blue Peter presenter where she is remembered for having an ultrasound scan on the programme when she became pregnant in 1979.