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SATURDAY SPECIAL 1951 ~ 1953

This was screened 'live' on alternate Saturdays to 'WHIRLIGIG'. 
Personnel included:

Peter Butterworth ~ main presenter, better renowned for his bumbling roles in 'Carry On' films. Peter made many appearances in films and television up his death in 1979, including  DR WHO, as the character 'The Meddling Monk' in two episodes: 'The Time Meddler'  - episode  2.9, screened in July 1965, and  'The Daleks Masterplan' - episode 3.4, screened in November 1965. Peter Butterworth's film screen debut was most probably the 1948 'WILLIAM' film titled 'WILLIAM AT THE CIRCUS" (also known as 'WILLIAM COMES TO TOWN'). This film included Jon Pertwee, also making an early film appearance.

Janet Brown ~ Peter's wife, actually came to the fore as an impressionist in the 1980's.

Tony Hart - artist / cartoonist, making his debut 
television appearance as an illustrator. 





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Harry Corbett ~ controlled by SOOTY!  1952... the duo had already been seen on television, but 'Saturday Special' was Harry and Sooty's first regular TV slot. This lead to ' their own' programme in 1955, that, combining the BBC and ITV, became the longest running British Television series ever, although Matthew had to take over in 1976 because of Harry's failing health. Sadly, due to Mathew's illness, SOOTY et el was sold to Guinness Mahon in 1998.

So why did Sooty, a silent glove puppet, outlive all other television programmes, including those popular highly paid actors? The latter point is most probably one contributing factor. Also, Harry built his own intriguing props, so that obviously saved the television companies expense on stage sets. But the secret in Sooty's enduring success has to be non-monetary factors: Harry's on-screen composure, Sooty's humourous misbehaviour, the gadgetry, introduction of new characters at timely intervals, and of course, good all-round family entertainment.

 

Harry Corbett OBE 1918 ~ 1989

TV MIRROR Jan 1st 1955

SOOTY merchandise for sale

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More juvenile reminiscence

MUFFIN THE MULE

Seen on BBC Television 1946 ~ 1955
First television appearance on 'FOR THE CHILDREN' 1937~1939 and 1946~1950
(not during the war period, as Muffin had to 'string' for the troops)

Anne Hogarth + Jan Bussell towering over the piano

Muffin The Mule on the piano
Annette Mills at the piano


Annette Mills 1894 ~ 1955


Brother John 1908 ~ 2005

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