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Reply Richard Haynes
6:21 AM on January 13, 2013 
Hi David,

As you'll see from the guestbook I'm urging all 'Spatz' fans to suggest that NetworkDVD release the whole series. They seem to be the best contenders, when you look at the rest of their catalogue.

Here's the e-mail I just sent to them:


Hi to everyone at Network,

I have been a huge fan of your DVD releases for a long time, and I think what you're doing is fabulous. It's so nice to see so many TV favourites get the DVD treatment, including one I grew up with - 'Supergran'. I was born in 1980 and remember this well and, although it was before my time, I also purchased both series of 'The Magic Ball', as well as 'Sally and Jake', and I'm so grateful that you made them available. I am a professional animator and lecturer, and these have proved invaluable in helping me with my work and in my writing on the history of British TV animation. The purpose of me writing is to suggest a new release for your company.

I know you're aware that CITV had an 'Old Skool Weekend' a week ago, and there is one particular series that was featured that brought back so many memories for me. It is as great now as it was when it was originally shown in 1990-1992, and that's 'Spatz'. Here's a link to a 'fan' website, with lots of information:

http://gladyouremember.webs.com/spatz.htm

It was a fabulous children's sitcom that had that crossover-adult appeal, and lasted for three series (33 episodes). As indicated on Fremantle's Archive Sales website, the entire series is owned by them (it was a Thames production), and I know Fremantle have been a regular 'client' for your wonderful releases:

http://www.fremantlearchivesales.com/footage_details.aspx?ID=4883
9&FremantleSource=2

'Spatz' was one of the most popular programmes of its time, at one point even having a 75% share of TV audiences, which is quite astounding. The writers (Lee Pressman and Grant Cathro) indicate this in the following link:

http://gladyouremember.webs.com/spatzepisodeguide.htm

It was so wonderful to see an episode of 'Spatz' repeated a week ago today, thanks to CITV, and it attracted 270,000 viewers. I've been looking all over the internet at feedback on the weekend, and 'Spatz' is fondly mentioned everywhere, including Facebook and Twitter, on which it was one of the top 10 'trenders' in the UK.

I'm just writing really to suggest that this would be an ideal release for your label. It falls into the children's/sitcom/classic TV category, is a Thames/Fremantle production, and there is clearly a high level of interest in it. 'Spatz' was one of those shows that was witty, sharp, featured only slightly larger than life characters, and was never patronising, and that I think is why people of my generation - and maybe now, thanks to CITV's repeat, children of today - love it so much. The writing was unique, and was in fact Lee Pressman and Grant Cathro's personal favoruite (they had also written 'T-Bag', 'Mike and Angelo' and 'The Tomorrow People', among others).

I would be so pleased if you would consider bringing this wonderful series to DVD. I, and I know so many others, would love to see those episodes again, and to have them packaged in a way that NetworkDVD always do so well.

Thanks for reading, and hope to hear from you soon.

Richard