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Series / Marmalade Atkins

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A childrens' comedy series spanning books and television by Andrew Davies, starring Charlotte Coleman as the titular Naughtiest Girl in the World. The series started life as a novel, Marmalade and Rufus (later known as Marmalade Atkins' Dreadful Deeds), in 1979, with four more books following between 1981 and 1984 (and a sixth several years later in 1995). The second book, Marmalade Atkins in Space, was adapted as an episode of the anthology series Theatre Box in 1981, which was followed by two ten-episode series: Educating Marmalade in 1982 and Danger: Marmalade at Work in 1984, the former dealing with various attempts to give Marmalade an education, and the latter seeing her on a series of work experience placements.


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  • All Just a Dream: Marmalade Atkins in Space is apparently this, as an attempt to brainwash Marmalade into being good.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Rufus did not make it into the television series, likely because a talking donkey was impractical for both budgetary and filming reasons.
  • Sticky Situation: Marmalade gets expelled from Cringe Hill Comprehensive after filling some chocolates with glue, which are eaten by the school bullies, caretaker and headmistress (and Marmalade herself after forgetting about the glue).
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Marmalade herself. (Her father intended to name her after his favourite flavour of marmalade, but got confused when he went to register the birth.)

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