The Herbs and The Adventures of Parsley

On this page ..... All the dvd releases.
"The Herbs" VHS videos are Here  and "The Adventures of Parsley" ones Here

Adventures of P. - " Works of Art by Dill "

Released on February 12th,2007

Abbey Home Media ref. - AHEDVD 3207
EAN number - 5012106932074
One Disc.     Total run time - approx. 62 mins

1. Works of Art by Dill....................2. The Crystal Ball........................3. Dill's Day

4. The Quiz....................................5. Dill's Television.........................6. Eggs and the Golf ball

7. On Strike....................................8. The Pop Group
Compilation dvd (including other kids tv series)

"Santa's Favourites" was a compilation dvd released at the end of 2006,featuring seasonal episodes
from lots of different Filmfair series -including one from The Adventures of Parsley.
In other words,a similar "taster" idea to the newspaper freebies,except that this was a commercial release.

And,if you ever needed proof of Filmfair's contribution to kids tv,then how's this for a cv.......
The Adventures of Parsley,The Wombles,Paddington Bear,Huxley Pig,Nellie the Elephant,The Perishers
Oh,and Moschops.
Moschops  ? A mid-80's effort featuring colourful,cuddly dinosaurs.Good fun too,allbeit one of the least
popular things they produced.

A hard-to-find release,but thoroughly recommended.Not only as a great showcase of Filmfair's work.
But also a great little window into what UK kids' animation used to be like before CGI.And a fitting way to end the page I think.
Footnote:-
There was a fault with the first batch of pressings.
Episode 7 of The Herbs - "Miss Jessop Tidies Up" - ended abruptly,lopping off the last few minutes of footage.
This was rectified for all subsequent pressings,and replacements were offered free of charge at the time if you bought one.
All the other releases [below]

When the boxset came out these 5 earlier piecemeal releases ceased to have much relevance.

For the record though ....
The quality of the footage is comparable to the boxset,except for the very first release which is noticeably worse and should be avoided ....
Adventures of P.- " Cowboys and Indians "

Released on February 27th,2006

Abbey Home Media ref.- AHEDVD 3172
EAN number - 5012106931725
One Disc.    Total run time - approx. 60 mins.

1.   Cowboys and Indians............ 2.   Aunt Mint's Barbecue Party..........3.   Toothache
4.   Dill's Who's Who Entry...........5.   Parsley's Invention of a Mechanical Dog
6.   Holiday's at Home..................7.   Parsley at a Loose End.................8.   Dill's Restaurant
9.   Sage's Birthday..................... 10. Buried Bones.................................11. The Conch Shell
12. Putting on a Show
" Parsley the Lion & The Herbs "                                                                               8 x Adven episodes + 2 x Herbs

 A mix of both series and the first ever dvd release.

Release Date - Unknown. But deleted Autumn 2005

Universal reference - 822 342 4

EAN number - 5050582234244

One Disc. Total run time - approx. 52 mins.

Extras - none

The later dvds brought out by Abbey Home Media,above,claimed to be the "first time on dvd". But it was only the 1st time by them.Because this was the very 1st release,courtesy of another company,Universal.And it remains the only dvd of the bunch where you can get a flavour of both series on the same disc.Although the footage quality is poorer than all the later releases.
Free promotional dvd's

Distributor,AbbeyHomeMedia,had the rights to handle the entire Filmfair back-catalogue,and not just the 2 Herbs series.
And these dvds were given away by newspapers as part of a promotional blitz to publicise the company's own retail website as much as anything.
Although as it only sold stuff they had the rights to and wasn't any cheaper than the big online retailers,then I'm not sure why anyone would have bothered quite frankly.
But fair do's.They were free and it was clearly a great way of re-igniting grown-up interest.And may also have persuaded a few of their kids that some "old" stuff is at least watchable,and that animation isn't all about CGI
Although I'm not holding my breath about the latter sadly.Because a lot of kids actually believe Wallace & Gromit is CGI  !
The Express Herbs dvd had 2 episodes.

The Express Adventures of Parsley dvd had 6

And both came out in August 2007


The Times one had 5 Herbs episodes
And came out in January 2008
The Herbs  -" The Snake Charmer "

Released on February 12th,2007

Abbey Home Media ref. - AHEDVD 3208
EAN Number- 5012106932081
One Disc.  Total run time - approx. 50 mins

1. Pashana Bedhi,the Snake Charmer.......2. Miss Jessop Tidies Up

3. Parsley and the Circus Lion...................4. Sage's Singing Lesson

5. Strawberry Picking
1. Sage's Birthday
2. Buried Bones
3. The Conch Shell
4. Putting on a Show
5. Works of Art by Dill
6. The Crystal Ball
7. Dill's Day
8. The Quiz

1. The Birthday Party
2. Tarragon & the Egg
The very first DVD release
The Herbs -" Parsley's Tail "

Released on February 27th,2006

Abbey Home Media ref. - AHEDVD 3152
EAN number - 5012106931527
One Disc.     Total run time - approx. 70 mins

1. Parsley's Tail
2. Sage's Nest Blows Down
3. Belladonna the Witch
4. Tarragon and the Eggs
5. The Chives Catch Colds
The complete boxset

As of 2021,this is the most recent release. [ May 19th, 2008 ]

Abbey Home Media reference no. - AHEDVD 3319

EAN number - 5012106933194

Disc 1 - All 13 x Herbs episodes and Disc 2 - All 32 x Adventures

Total Running Time - Approx. 3 Hours 20 Minutes

Extras - None