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Unreal Estate is the third episode in the third of Cosgrove Hall's 2D animated cartoon TV series "Count Duckula" that was first debuted on ITV in the UK on 5th November 1990.

Although it aired as the 3rd episode of the show's 3rd season, in actuality, it was actually produced as the series' pilot episode. Much like the rest of Crossgrove Hall, it was originally intended to be just a pitch to test audiences for the series and was not gonna be shown to public at all, but the producers later on changed plans and decided to air this episode on TV during the 3rd season.


Duckula is fed up with his tumbledown heap of a Castle and transports it to sunny Hollywood to sell much to Igor's disgust. A sale is not easy to achieve with Goosewing hunting the Count and Igor showing off the dungeons.

Background Music Cues[]

  • "Dramatic Impact 3" by Ivor Slaney.
    This four second tune is played at the scene of which the crosshair of Goosewing's stake blunderbuss is at the view of Duckula on the balcony of Castle Duckula.
  • Sinister Street No. 1 by Peter Francklyn.
  • Vamp Till Ready (KPMK-1146. Track 88) by Wally Asp.


  • Voices by David Jason, Jack May, Brian Trueman, Jimmy Hibbert and Ruby Wax.
  • Narrated by Barry Clayton.
  • Written by Brian Trueman.
  • Vocals: Doreen Edwards and Mike Harding. 
  • Original Music by Mike Harding.
  • Designed by Chris Randall, Margaret Riley, Paul Salmon,
    Vincent James, Dan Whitworth, Ed Williams, Andy Roper.
  • Storyboard by Chris Randall.
  • Layout by Dan Whitworth.
  • Animation by Dan Whitworth, Arthur De Clodet, Rosemary Welch, Malcolm McGookin, Jennie Langley,
    Philip Morris, Mark Povey, Alastair Fell, Mike Eames, David Bowers and Richard Bazley. 
  • Backgrounds by Margaret Riley, Barbara Alcock and Stephen Simpson.
  • Backgrounds Supervised by John Geering
  • Special Effects by Garry Owen, Roy Huckerby and Jackie Mitchell.
  • Camera by Frank Hardie, Wendy Senior, Peter Kidd and Mark Sutton.
  • Painting by Bev Phillips, Sue Halliwell, Stefania Giani, Lynn Hardie, Lesley White, Andrea Hough,
    Michelle Povey, Helen Michael, Craig Whittle, Yasodha Huckerby, Joan Jones, Gloria Vassiliou,
    Kate Nutter, Karl Scoble, Joyce Flowers, Laura Cosgrove, Helen Smith, Marie Dembinski and Mark Fulton.
  • Painting Supervised by Lorriane Thomas.
  • Xerox by Tony McAleese, Joan Simmons and Don Geering.
  • Line Test by Phil Atack.
  • Animation Checkers: Phil McMylor and Andrew Bax.
  • Film Editor: Zyggy Markiewicz.
  • Assistant Editor: Bob Ashton.
  • Dubbing Mixer: Ted Spooner
  • Production Controllers: Chris Phillips, Bob Burrows and Simon White.
  • Animation Director: Dan Whitworth. 
  • Associate Producer: Chris Randall.
  • Executive Producer: John Hambley.
  • Produced by Mark Hall and Brian Cosgrove.
  • Directed by Chris Randall. 
  • © Cosgrove Hall Productions 1989.

Copyright Gag[]

Despite this episode being broadcasted in 1990, the roman numerals in the copyright read 'MCMLXXXIX' as it is dated in 1989.


  • The tune Duckula plays on his harmonica before Igor takes it away from his beak is a badly played version of "Oh Suzanna" as the harmonica scene from the intro of "Count Duckula" features in the episode in full version and proper context.
  • Recording date: 1989.