Scratchy & Co.

Scratchy & Co.
Genre Children's entertainment
Starring Ronni Ancona
Elliot Henderson-Boyle
Mark Speight
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Running time 75–105 minutes
Production company(s) Mentorn for Central
Original network ITV Network (CITV)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Original release 6 May 1995 (1995-05-06) – 25 April 1998 (1998-04-25)

Scratchy & Co. was a British children's entertainment show that aired on ITV on Saturday mornings from 6 May 1995 to 25 April 1998.


Scratchy & Co. starred Elliot Henderson-Boyle as "Reg" and Mark Speight as "Scratchy". Other characters included Annabel and a Scottish girl, both played by comedian and impressionist Ronni Ancona. The main gimmick of the show was that the cast wore "solid rubber wigs" and eccentric jackets. A stylistic similarity might be noted between this approach and Max Headroom.

Later series introduced other characters such as Sedgely the penguin and Fathead the football.

Later on, the series moved away from the original Max Headroom-esque style, into a studio where Scratchy (now minus the rubber wig) sat behind a desk, with Reg behind a window. At this point, guests were invited into the studio and interviewed. However, most of the characters which had been introduced earlier were dropped.

Gail Porter was a frequent guest presenter in the third and the fourth (final) series.

The show was nominated for a BAFTA.[1]


  1. Last Updated: 2:12AM BST 14 Apr 2008 (2008-04-14). "Mark Speight". Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
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