The Adventures of Rupert Bear was a live-action puppet television series, based on Rupert Bear. It was produced by ATV. It aired from 28 October 1970 to 24 August 1977 on the ITV network, with 156 11-minute episodes produced over four series.
Rupert first appeared on television in an series produced for the ITV network that ran for over 100 ten-minute episodes. The characters were all puppets, although the opening sequence featured a toy Rupert bear sitting in a live-action child's bedroom. Rupert's friends and flying chariot appeared straight from the Daily Express pages, although he was joined by some new friends including a called Willy Wisp.
The theme song
One of the most memorable elements of the series was the catchy theme song, written by (also known as Frank Weston) and Ron Roker, sung by , which reached number 14 in the UK charts in 1971. The song included the erroneous lyric "Rupert the Bear", even though Rupert has never had the definite article in his name.
- The series was outside the UK, also broadcasted in Ireland,The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. It also aired in the US as My Little Rupert.