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'WHIRLIGIG' TELEVISION PROGRAMME

Screened 'live' on alternate Saturdays to 'SATURDAY SPECIAL'.
 There are most probably no examples of either in the BBC archive?
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Some of the WHIRLIGIG 'personnel' were:

Humphrey Lestocq - Mr. Turnip's sidekick, referred to as 'H. L.' = presume there was a man inside the outfit, as one could not spot the strings. Any thoughts on this?

Peter Hawkins
- voice of Mr. Turnip.
Peter was also the voice of Porterhouse, the Parrot that was a featured character on the alternate Saturdays programme - 'Saturday Special'. Obviously passed the audition, as he then went on to provide the voice of characters in other popular television programmes, notably:

BILL & BEN THE FLOWERPOT MEN
CAPTAIN PUGWASH (all? characters)
DR WHO (1960's Daleks & Cybermen)
THE ADVENTURES OF SIR PRANCELOT (early 70's Cartoon series)
RAINBOW (Zippy).

Added 23rd August 2006:
Sadly, Peter Hawkins passed away in July 2006.
Although not a comprehensive study, his memory will be everlasting on this site!

Francis Coudrill - with his Puppet creations Hank the Cowboy, horse Silver King, Freddie Parrot, Cassy, baddie Mexican Pete, Big Chief Laughing Gas, Big Chief Dirty Face, Little He-He.

Rolf Harris - another artist / cartoonist. Most probably his British Television debut.
Edmundo Ros - musician (some LP's in stock!)
Steve Race - musician (pianist)

'FILM And Television PARADE'
Published 1953

Includes Mr. Turnip, Hank The Cowboy,
Archie Andrews. latest films (incl. Peter Pan), etc.

 

'TV WHIRLIGIG' BOOK

Laminated boards. Contents include:
Mr. TURNIP (8 x art pages, and 11 x pages        
with Humphrey Lestocq as photo strips), SOOTY,
  and 12 pages of vivid drawings by Francis Coudrill

Coudrill's Contribution Within
The original artwork depicted here was part of Coudrill's 
assignment for the above 'TV WHIRLIGIG' book.            

The book has 12 pages drawn and written by F.C.
Four of the respective pages are depicted.           

                                        

12.5" x 14.5" (32cm x 41cm)

 

'TV WHIRLIGIG' BOOK
Published 1952

 
Art on paste-down on the internal boards is by Francis Coudrill
Stories, features, competition, incorporate hand-painted
photographs of the Editor, Humphrey Lestocq, Steve Race,
Geoffrey Robinson, Edmundo Ros, and of course, Mr. Turnip.

Coudrill's Story Contribution Within


The gang are all here!

11 x 15" (28cm x 38cm)
Original art for the leader page.
My favourite painting by Francis Coudrill


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