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Puppeteer and clown who worked on The Telegoons and created Zippy for the children's television show Rainbow

Violet Philpott, who has died aged 90, was one of the handful of puppeteers who brought new life and language to British puppetry and children's theatre in the 1960s and 70s. Violet was active in every aspect – not just performing and organising, but also devising original plays and experimenting with new techniques and materials such as polystyrene, polythene, plastics and resins.

When the BBC found a television outlet for the surreal radio humour of The Goon Show in 1963, they needed figures to go with the voices of Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan, and Violet helped to bring The Telegoons to life. Sellers, Secombe and Milligan pre-recorded the soundtracks for the TV show, with extra voices supplied by puppeteers. Extensively involved in making many of the puppets for the series, Violet worked on »

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