Supergran started as a series of childrens books written by Forrest Wilson. Â Unsurprisingly they were about Granny Smith, a grandmother who had super powers from the town of Chiselton. Â Her arch-enemy was the villainous Scunner Campbell, who ironically gave her the powers in the first place when she got hit by a beam from one of his strange contraptions.
It is the TV adaptation that I remember best however. Â Supergran herself was played by Gudrun Ure, a Scottish actress who looked fairly ridiculous in her tartan scarf and floppy hat, complete with bobble. Â She looked every inch the sterotypical granny, except for when she was running, jumping or skateboarding down the road.
Each episode of the series revolved around the same basic storyline. Â The Scunner Campbell would be up to some kind of mischief, and Supergran would stop him in his tracks, which always looked ridiculous as a little old lady in fingerless gloves and old fashioned boots wrestled a helicopter to the ground or scaled a massive wall. Â Sometimes she would employ a daft invention to help save the day, such as a flying bicycle or an anti-gravity belt.
By todays standards the TV series looks a little dated, but it managed to attract some well known actors for guest appearances, most of whom are sadly no longer with us. Â George Best, Spike Milligan, Roy Kinnear and Charles Hawtrey from the Carry On films all appeared, as did fellow Carry Oner Barbara Windsor, strongman Geoff Capes and Doctor Who number 2 Patrick Troughton, which happens to have been his last acting role before he died.
The theme song to Supergran is what I remember most though. Â Written and performed by Billy Connolly it was even released as a single (it only managed to reach 32 when it was released in 1985). Â The theme song had some great lines, such as “She’s got more bottle than United Dairies” and “Next to her they’re all big girls blouses“. Â Check out the video clip of the closing credits below!