Lest we forget, in 1986 Fairnie starred in his very own TV series. The Kid had successful runs on children’s TV fitting in quite nicely thank you very much to the traditional late afternoon schedules and the prestigious Saturday morning slots. Scooby Doo, Jackanory, Blue Peter, Steve Fairnie. Nice ring about it, eh? The show was written and devised by Fairnie with David G. Rose and Mike Slee, and produced by Kathy Rose.
The programmes gave Fairnie the chance to shine in a new environment, drawing on his love of mime, slapstick and visual humour. The Kid himself could be categorised somewhere between Jacques Tati and Charles Chaplin, while the supporting cast were a timeless combination of goodies and baddies. The setting was an eerily unreal row of colourful terraced houses while a peculiar fluorescent pink three-wheeled car was used to get around.
The theme from The Kid, written by Georg Kajanus and Henry Marsh (clip courtesy of David Rose).
The unique animated comic book feel, where the frames slide across screen, the bright and colourful images and the fast moving zany stories make these dynamic shows the silent movies of the eighties – great fun for KIDS… of all ages!”
// The Kid is also now available on DVD. For further information, send an e-mail to ElPresidente@LunaticRepublic.com!