Real Name: Catweazle
Identity/Class: Human magic user
Affiliations: Touchwood (his familiar), Edward "Carrot" Bennett, Cedric Collingford
Enemies: Normans,William de Collynforde
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: initially Castle Saburac, near Hexwood Farm; later Clock tower
First Appearance: Catweazle #1 "The Sun in a Bottle" (London Weekend Television, 15th February 1970)
Powers/Abilities: Catweazle is a wizard, though he isn't particularly good at it. His spells tend to be erratic at best, and usually he needs his witchknife "adamcos" to cast them. Among the spells he managed to cast were the one which caused him to travel through time, and another which made it impossible for Carrot to tell anyone about him.
History: Catweazle was a Saxon hermit who lived in a cave in the woods. His attempts at magic made him unpopular with the Normans, who had recently conquered the country, and when soldiers invaded his cave intending to arrest him for witchcraft, Catweazle grabbed his familiar (a toad called Touchwood) and beat a hasty retreat. Pursued, he jumped into a nearby lake while trying to cast a spell to take him somewhere else. For once, his magic worked, though not quite as intended. Catweazle emerged from a small pond on Hexwood Farm, nine hundred years in his own future.
Confused by the changes around him, Catweazle took refuge in a barn, where he was discovered by Edward (or Carrot as Catweazle calls him), the son of the farmer. Carrot befriended the timelost Saxon, and tried to help him learn about his new world (though the untrusting Catweazle bespelled him so Carrot couldn't tell anyone about his new friend). Catweazle for his part was shocked by what he saw as examples of magic all around him (cars, phones, televisions, etc), and became convinced that Carrot was a sorcerer too, when he turned on a lightbulb, or "the sun in a bottle" as Catweazle described it. Basing himself in an old water-tower which he dubbed Castle Saburac, Catweazle set about investigating his new time.
After a series of adventures, the homesick Catweazle managed to return to his own time, only to be taken captive by the Norman lord William de Collynforde, who insisted his captive conjure him gold, and locked him inside Farthing Castle until he could do so. Catweazle knew the request could never be fulfilled, so he threw himself off the battlements into the moat, once again transporting himself forward in time. He arrived to discover the castle replaced by a large white house with a clock tower with a little turret on top, and befriended Cedric Collingford, whose family lived within. The two formed an alliance of sort - while Catweazle hunted for the 'Thirteenth Sign' of the Zodiac which he believed would get him back to his own time, he helped Cedric try and locate the lost Collingford treasure so that he could restore the family's failing fortune.
Comments: Created by Richard Carpenter. Played by Geoffrey Bayldon.
The show ran two seasons and twenty-six episodes:
The Sun in a Bottle
The Curse of Rapkyn
The Witching Hour
The Eye of Time
The Magic Face
The Telling Bone
The Power of Adamcos
The Demi Devil
The House of the Sorcerer
The Flying Broomsticks
The Wisdom of Solomon
The Trickery Lantern
The Magic Riddle
The Heavenly Twins
The Sign of the Crab
The Black Wheels
The Wogle Stone
The Enchanted King
The Familiar Spirit
The Ghost Hunters
The Walking Trees
The Battle of the Giants
The Magic Circle
The Thirteenth Sign
Richard Carpenter produced two books, Catweazle and Catweazle and the Magic Zodiac, which adapted several episodes of the series - the first book covered the first season, the second book the second season of the show. There were also at least three Catweazle Annuals released, in 1970, 1972 and 1973, containing strips and text stories, as well as Catweazle: A Narrow Escape, which was described as a "Big Television Book". A Catweazle strip also ran in Look-In magazine between 8th January 1972 and (at least) 25th November that same year, though I don't have details of the contents.
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