Thursday, May 28, 2009

Boom! Boom!

I saw a fox on our back lawn this morning. Manky looking thing it was. However it did bring to mind an excellent show from my past, Basil Brush!! Basil Brush is a British television character aimed at children. He used to be primarily portrayed by a glove puppet (see picture) but has also been depicted in animated cartoon shorts and comic strips. The character has featured on children's (and later adult) television from the 1960s to the present day.
A mischievous character, Basil Brush is best known for his catch phrase"Boom! Boom!", used after something he finds funny, and also for speaking in a "posh" accent and manner, referring to himself as a "fella".
Throughout the 12-year run of the Basil Brush show, Basil was always accompanied by an actor. Initially Rodney Bewes — aka Mr Rodney — better known as one half of The Likely Lads. Bewes was replaced by Mr Derek — Derek Fowlds, later to appear in Yes Minister and Heartbeat — between 1969 and 1973. The subsequent presenters were Mr Roy (Roy North, 1973-1977), Mr Howard (Howard Williams, 1977-1979), and Mr Billy (Billy Boyle 1979-1980).

Here is a public information film starring Basil and Mr Roy from 1976:

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