Alias the Jester features a wonderfully silly collection of anti-sterotypes, mixed with a huge dose of childish fun and adult inventiveness. This was very popular with students when it came out, not just the kids. I saw it because I knew that what comes from Cosgrove-Hall (such as DangerMouse, Count Duckula, etc.) is always worth watching.
The plots are always outlandish, and the supporting "villains" are inspired, including the daft Viking - Eric the Useless, the Black Nadjer, and others too strange to mention. Briers carries off his dual role of stranded space-alien and Court Jester excellently (we expect no less of him - see Rhubarb & Custard Roobarb And Custard Too - Vol. 1 - Here Comes Trouble [DVD
] if you still need convincing), and you'll recognise the voices of the King and the Meredith the Court Wizard too.
With a great theme tune and incidental music, an excellent cast of voice-talents, downright unpredictable stories, vivid colours, marvellous artwork, and well-paced: Everything you could want from clean, child-friendly comedy and yet still strong enough to keep the adults laughing along with the kids. You really need to see this series to understand British cartooning at its best.Alias The Jester - The Complete Series [DVD] [2006