CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

John Cunliffe

To most children of the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and the 10’s (if that can be such a term), John Cunliffe went unnoticed, but his most notable works are well known by said “children” because John Cunliffe, author and teacher, created Postman Pat, and Rosie and Jim.  It is at this moment that I have to admit that I was at the age that music had tugged at my shirt sleeves and Children’s TV was on the way out, so Postman Pat never really had an impact on me, nor did Rosie and Jim but the popularity of both of John Cunliffe’s creations spread to every corner of the British Isles, and justifiable so.

Born in Colne in Lancashire in June 1933, abandoned by his Father as a Baby and left to grow up under his Mother and his Great-uncle Herbert’s influence.  Great-Uncle Herbert introduced young John to the literary works of Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare and encouraged him to explore science using a microscope, John Cunliffe was quite an intelligent young man.

He grew up in Longsleddale near Kendal in The Lake District and this place would be the inspiration for his most famous character, Postman Pat and the location of the fictional village, Greendale.  He created the character and the location, where everyone was nice to each other, in stark contrast to the bullying he got for being a tall child (trust me kids, Bullies are cowards, always stand up to Bullies).  John Cunliffe was in his late 40’s when he was noticed for his short stories based on a nice farmer and commissioned by the BBC to write a Children’s series based on someone nice and thus he created Postman Pat, initially 13 episodes, and then 13 more with all the animation duties directed by Ivor Wood, the animation genius behind the Wombles and Paddington Bear.  The rest is BBC Children’s TV history, Rosie and Jim became just as popular as Postman Pat, who is still on TV today, a great legacy.

Following the success of Postman Pat, John Cunliffe became a local celebrity and he was the patron of the Ilkey Literature Festival.  In 2010, he released Ghosts, a children’s story designed for the iPad. Throughout his career, John Cunliffe penned around 190 books for children, including picture books and volumes of poetry.  On the 20th September 2018, John Cunliffe died of heart failure and the Ilkey Gazette announced his death with the following: “John Cunliffe left his home in a deluge of rain…… Never to return”.

Related Posts
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)

Based on Marilyn Sadler and Roger Bollen's book of the same name, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century was directed by Kenneth Johnson and set in the year 2049. It Read more

Yatterman

Originally running between 1977-1979 for 108 episodes, Yatterman succeeded Time Bokan and followed what happened after fragments of a mysterious stone known as the Skull Stone are scattered across the Read more

Trailer launched for U.S. remake of Ghosts

Ghosts is a British sitcom first broadcast on BBC One in April 2019. The series follows a collection of ghosts from different historical periods haunting a country house while sharing the house with its new living occupants. Read more

The Rise of Skywalker – One 40 Something’s ‘Obsessed Fanboy’ pre-release thoughts…

No one likes an 'I told you so', so let's get the unpleasant bit out of the way. I told you so. Back in Feb 2018, whilst I was still Read more

The Maze (1953)

Directed by William Cameron Menzies, The Maze was 3-D horror film that deals with teratology and prenatal phylogenetic evolution. It begins when Scotsman Gerald MacTeam (Richard Carlson) abruptly ends his Read more

The legacy of Santa Claus: The Movie

Santa Claus: The Movie was supposed to be the holiday hit of 1985. Such was the confidence that father and son producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind had managed to get Read more

The Herculoids

Somewhere out in space live The Herculoids! Zok, the laser-ray dragon! Igoo, the giant rock ape! Tundro, the tremendous! Gloop and Gleep, the formless, fearless wonders! With Zandor, their leader, Read more

The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

Directed by Coleman Francis, The Beast of Yucca Flats follows a Soviet scientist named Joseph Jaworsky (Tor Johnson), who defects and flees to a Nevada Test Site called Yucca Flats. Before Read more

Star Trek: Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor (#1-4)

Space, the final frontier... and on that frontier and beyond, humans and aliens alike need medical care. Enter Leonard McCoy, Doctor of Space Medicine, late of the U.S.S. Enterprise. This Read more

Ronin Warriors

Created by Hajime Yatate, Ronin Warriors (aka Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers aka Yoroiden Samurai Troopers) takes place in a world where after a thousand years Talpa (voiced by Shigezō Sasaoka Read more

Preview: Ghosts Ep. 8: D&D

In Ghosts Ep. 8: D&D, after Jay is kicked out of a Dungeons & Dragons campaign with his city friends, Sam agrees to facilitate a new one between him and Read more

Preview: Ghosts Ep. 7: Flower’s Article

In Ghosts Ep. 7: Flower's Article, Sam is commissioned to write an article about Flower and her friends holding up a bank during their commune days, but Flower begs Sam Read more

Preview: Ghosts Ep. 6: Pete’s Wife

In Ghosts Ep. 6: Pete's Wife, Pete convinces Sam to invite his living wife to the mansion, only to discover she’s been keeping a dark secret from him for many Read more

Preview: Ghosts Ep. 5: Halloween

In Ghosts Ep. 5: Halloween, it's Halloween at Woodstone Mansion, the ghosts try to help Sam and Jay protect their home from the neighborhood kids who annually vandalize the house... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6bXMDvAMtY Read more

Preview: Ghosts Ep. 4: Dinner Party

In Ghosts Ep. 4: Dinner Party, when Sam and Jay invite the nosy neighbors Henry and Margaret (Mark Linn-Baker and Kathryn Greenwood) to a dinner party to woo them into Read more

Preview: Ghosts Ep. 3: Viking Funeral

In Ghosts Ep. 3: Viking Funeral, Thorfinn's bones are discovered on the Woodstone property, so he asks Sam to conduct the traditional Viking funeral he's always wanted. However, Sam and Read more

Preview: Ghosts Ep. 12: Jay’s Sister

In Ghosts Ep. 12: Jay’s Sister, when Jay’s sister, Bela (Punam Patel), comes to visit Sam and Jay after being dumped by her boyfriend, they’re shocked to discover that she’s communicating Read more

Preview: Ghosts Ep. 10: Possession

In Ghosts Ep. 10: Possession, Hetty accidentally possesses Jay’s body just as he and Sam are to about show Woodstone Mansion to a renowned wedding planner... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0smWRSRYxA

Preview- Ghosts Ep. 16

Ghosts Ep. 16 returns on March 31st 2022 on CBS... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPIuwnTZ0rc

Preview- Ghosts Ep. 15: Thorapy

In Ghosts Ep. 15: Thorapy, when Sam and Jay have the ghosts bunk together to free up rooms for guests at the B&B, they learn that Thorfinn has been having Read more

%d bloggers like this: