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AND STILL THEY COME. Infamous school holiday-spanning serial of War And Peace proportions, or so it felt, dragging its feet across many a childhood summer’s telly with its appallingly dubbed dialogue, ugly child actors, boring plotlines and intensely annoying trite shite theme. Programme did itself no favours by casting girl who looked like overgrown version of the PLAY SCHOOL doll Hamble in titular role. Every single fucking episode involved Heidi being dragged away from her “beloved hills” to the mean streets of Frankfurt, running amok and upsetting Fraulein Rottermeyer with kittens, then being sent back again not wanting to leave Clara who couldn’t walk. Put an entire generation off German exchange students.



  1. gman

    April 17, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    It always seemed to be on on a Thursday, every bloody summer. That and then We Are The frigging Champions, no wonder I hated the summer

  2. Palimpsest

    July 17, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I’ve heard that this makes up most of the daytime scheduling on Austrian television. Heidi visits the cheese factory, Heidi visits the schnaps distillery etc.

  3. Glenn Aylett

    February 13, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    It had an excellent theme tune and the dubbing was quite good, but yes, it was one of these numerous dubbed European series the BBC loved to buy in 40 years ago. I do recall another which was a Czech version of Tom Sawyer and featured a villain called Kafka.

  4. THX 1139

    February 14, 2021 at 12:01 am

    No mention of Grandfather, the Stuart Maconie-approved definition of “gruff-voiced”?

  5. Richardpd

    February 14, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    We were spared the mid 1970s anime adaption, which had a yodelling theme tune in Japanese that once heard will be on your brain for a week afterwards!

    As well as being a success in Japan, it was popular in many other countries, including Spain where Rottermeyer became a byword for a shrewish old woman!

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