Educating Marmalade (1982)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 20 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |  
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Although he has received plaudits from adult critics for his script work on such TV and film projects as To Serve Them All My Days and Bridget Jones's Diary, Andrew Davies is best known to British youngsters as the creator of Miss Marmalade Atkins. Cheerfully describing herself as "the worst girl in the world," the troublesome Marmalade (played on television by Charlotte Colman) was the bane of the existence of every grown-up that crossed her path, especially her long-suffering parents. Originally beamed out by Thames Television from October 25, 1982 to January 3, 1983, Educating Marmalade consisted of ten 20-minute episodes, each of which found the "heroine" pulling pranks on her elders and laughing uproariously at their discomfiture. The series spawned a brace of spin-offs, including Marmalade Atkins in Space (in which her parents, at their wit's end, bundled the girl into a rocket ship bound for the far reaches of the universe!) and Danger: Marmalade at Work!