Professor Branestawm is appearing on television for the first time since 1969, with Harry Hill playing the eccentric Professor Theophilus Branestawm for a BBC1 film adaptation. The hour-long film will be broadcast on Christmas Eve in the UK.

Harry will portray Professor Branestawm, the original mad professor, an absent-minded inventor who is oblivious to the chaos his harebrained creations cause when they go wrong, which they always do. If it weren’t for the efforts of his long suffering housekeeper, Mrs Flittersnoop (Vicki Pepperdine), and his dim but loyal best friend, Colonel Dedshott (Simon Day), the professor would long ago have blown himself to smithereens.

Set in the picturesque English landscape of days gone by, the hour long special sees local schoolgirl Connie (Madeline Holliday), come to the professor’s rescue when evil businessman Mr Bullimore (Ben Miller) and local Councillor Harold Haggerstone (David Mitchell) unite to have Branestawm kicked out of the village as a dangerous menace.

About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

2 Responses

  1. Underdogge

    Professor Branestawm – that takes me back. Actually, it was my brother who was younger than me who read the books (a childhood friend of his was a fan of them). I always thought of Prof. Branestawm as being a bit like William Heath-Robinson. Of course William Heath-Robinson was real and he was not a scientist but an illustrator – of unnecessarily complex machines (for humour not reality). Strange looking inventions are still sometimes called “Heath-Robinson contraptions” in the UK. Professor Branestawm’s escapades should be entertaining for the young ‘uns at Christmas anyway.

    • Olga Hughes

      And me 🙂 I’m looking forward to it. I’ll have to read a couple before Christmas, I didn’t read the books when I was a kid.