Pardon My Genie (1972-73) was a children's comedy series produced by British ITV contractor Thames Television, and written by Bob Block who later created Rentaghost.nThe premise was that a magic genie (Hugh Paddick) appeared in present-day Britain, summoned by a young apprentice named Hal Adden, a pun that goes some way towards characterising the series. Various comical misunderstandings arise, primarily aimed at youngsters. Arthur White replaced Paddick for the second run of thirteen episodes. Throughout both series, Hal was played by Ellis Jones, with Roy Barraclough as his long-suffering boss, Mr Cobbledick.nThe first series of 13 episodes was released on 22 September 2009 and is now available from Network DVD as a web exclusive. Series 2 is scheduled for release on 25 April 2011.