BBC's seven-minute segment on He-Man and She-Ra.
the 10th February 2001, the UK's BBC TWO aired their special
I Love 1983 program. The special focused on pop
culture elements of the year 1983, and one of those elements
was He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. This
segment concentrated on the animated series more than anything,
and also featured a small part based on She-Ra,
which did not appear on TV until 1985. Surprisingly the
makers of the program went to great lengths to make this
segment interesting for the general public. They actually
conducted interviews relating to the cartoon series, and
did not just get any name from the credits; they made sure
the names being picked for interview were some of the big
names. Other cartoons were featured on other specials, I
Love 1984 featured the Transformers, and I
Love 1988 starred the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Out of the three specials He-Man was treated with
a great deal of respect by the program makers, and the clips
featured were pretty decent!
in order of appearance:
Rat I Love 1983 was presented by Roland Rat; a puppet-star
of that particular year who was famed for saving an early-morning
chat show when it was close to being cancelled.
Adam is a stand-up comedian who tends to shy away from the
limelight, but is successful in the independent comedy circuit.
He describes both the He-Man and She-Ra
series with some affection, more so with She-Ra, and her
Kate is journalist and sometimes TV-presenter. She gives
a pretty convincing account of her He-Man and She-Ra
viewing, but possibly the worst impression of Skeletor ever!
Ben talks briefly about the cartoons of the eighties. Ben
is known for his versatile roles on television in both comedy
and serious acting.
The writer of He-Man's first episode "Diamond
Ray of Disappearance" the classic "Double Edged
Sword" and the very memorable "Dawn of Dragoon"
gives a pretty good account of He-Man's popularity.
The BBC contacted Emily Bowen to interview her about He-Man
from a fan's perspective. She was asked her personal opinions
about some of the elements of the show and did her very
best to try and steer it towards a meaningful conversation.
Lou was the executive producer of He-Man and the Masters
of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power,
and of course the voice of many characters in both the He-Man
and She-Ra series. But given the fact that he only
appears on screen for about five seconds, you would be forgiven
for thinking that he was just a bit-player.
Johnny is a comedian that became popular after his run of
adverts in 2001 promoting digital television with a puppet
monkey, called Monkey! He describes He-Man and
She-Ra in his own unique way.
Alan was the voice actor who brought Skeletor to life. Giving
Skeletor the unique voice and that extraordinary laugh took
talent, the talent who also voiced Man-At-Arms, Cringer,
Battle Cat, Mer-Man and many other characters. See him impersonate
Skeletor and Mer-Man!
it should be mentioned that fans expecting an in-depth analysis
of the He-Man and She-Ra craze will miss
out. This is roughly a seven-minute segment of entertainment.
It should be noted that the BBC never originally showed
He-Man back in the eighties, it was ITV the BBC's