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Carrying on the theme of puppet comperes from earlier outings like
'Five O'Clock Club'; we have 'The Basil Brush Show'.
Foxy Basil was a much more outspoken and entertaining individual with a nice line in gentle mockery. He was very much centre-stage. He had a particular gift for telling corny jokes, which he would round-off with a 'boom, boom' in emphasis of their corny nature. It quickly became a national catch-phrase. For an interim Basil and his show became the most popular TV show for both kids and adults who enjoyed his harmless anarchy alike.
Now, like Ollie and Fred, he's faded into oblivion.
What a joy to see and hear the old fox again on CBBC the other night -
would love to see him back on BBC1 in place of what BBC normally muster
up on a Saturday night. Great to see he hasn't changed much - still the
same cheeky, opinionated, irascible rodent we all loved in the 70s.
His brand of old fashioned humour - puns and repartee delivered in a pompous but warm and kindly voice (they've re created Ivan Owens voice wonderfully) - is a throwback to the 60s-70s and hopefully will win over another generation of Basil-lovers, and remind older fans what they've missed since he went off air all those years ago.
Go Baz ...........
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