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Simon and the Witch

Simon and the Witch
Author Margaret Stuart Barry
Illustrator Linda Birch
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Simon and the Witch
Genre Children's fantasy
Publisher Collins
Publication date
23 August 1976
Media type Print
Pages 78 pages
ISBN 0-00-184749-X
Followed by Simon and the Witch in School
Simon and the Witch
Starring Elizabeth Spriggs
Hugh Pollard
Joan Sims
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 25
Running time 30 min.
Original channel BBC
Original run 1987 – 1988

Simon and the Witch is the name of a children's book by Margaret Stuart Barry, published by Collins, illustrated by Linda Birch. It is also generally used as the name of the series which follows on. Simon is a very sensible young schoolboy who has a friend who is a real witch. She is very silly, and a huge showoff.

In 1985, the first of the stories (The Backwards Spell) was dramatised for Children's BBC and shown as a one-off episode (called Simon and the Witch) in the second series of Up Our Street, a series of unrelated wacky stories, each with a different cast and writer, linked only by the unnamed 'street' of the title.

In 1987, the books were made into a television series for Children's BBC consisting of 25 fifteen-minute episodes, starring Elizabeth Spriggs as the Witch and Hugh Pollard as Simon.[1] Guest stars included Joan Sims and a young Nicola Stapleton.


  • Plot summary 1
  • Other books in the series 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Plot summary

In the first chapter, The Backwards Spell the witch teaches Simon how to turn the school Halloween before) goes to a Halloween party, but is disgusted by 'fake' witches. Fortunately one hundred of her relatives turn up, with their black cats, and they crash the party, demonstrating their magic many times over. The final chapter of the book, The Witch's Visitor, is set at Christmas, the witch makes a snowman come to life, introducing him to people as her uncle Fred.

Other books in the series

Other books in the Simon and the Witch series are:

  • Simon and the Witch in School
  • The Return of the Witch
  • The Witch and the Holiday Club
  • The Millionaire Witch
  • The Witch of Monopoly Manor
  • The Witch on Holiday
  • The Witch V.I.P.


  1. ^ Hugh Pollard (I)

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