Being English,and having a son, George no doubt was familiar with Sooty and with Basil Brush.
Here’s George and his son, Dhani, when Dhani was a youngster(he was born in ’78), and a storebought Sooty puppet. Sooty the bear was and still is popular in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and other countries. The children’s television show which bears the same name and has featured the character since the 1950s was, according to the Guinness Book of Records, the longest-running children’s programme in the UK.
This shows George(right) with what I am positive is a Basil Brush puppet.He is talking with Neil Innes of The Rutles fame.
Basil Brush, a mischievous fox, is another popular children’s TV show character in the UK. He first appeared on a show called The Three Scampies in 1963, but later gained his own program– The Basil Brush Show, which premiered in 1968. Basil was for many years operated and voiced by the publicity-shy actor Ivan Owen, who died in 2000.Basil made a comeback with a new show in 2002 with an all-new cast.
Basil’s trademark voice is very posh,and he is known for his catch phrase “Boom! Boom!”, used after something he finds funny.
(I’ll do a full report on Sooty and Basil in another entry!)