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Basil Brush

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Basil Brush

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Basil Brush

Still going strong after more than 40 years, Basil Brush is one of the legendary figures in light entertainment. Making his first outing in 1963, he appealed to television audiences of all ages for his cheeky, knowing wit, his irreverence, and his effortless ability to upstage all the various straight men he has been paired with. These have included Derek Fowlds, Roy North and Billy Boyle. At the zenith of his fame, Basil pulled in Saturday evening TV audiences of around 13 million.

If Basil were a human being, he would be a particularly English kind of lovable cad. Always immaculately turned out in Sherlock Holmes cape, waistcoat and cravat, Basil is famous also for his cultured tone of voice, punctuated by a vulgar laugh that could curdle milk. He unleashes this guffaw at its most uproarious when laughing at his own jokes, the punchlines to which are always followed by a triumphant “Boom! Boom!” If he were a human being, in fact, he might be quite insufferable. But as a talking fox, he is altogether irresistible.

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Your comments

Basil Brush is one of England's most famous and popular puppet icons. Running on television for years he's still going strong and is even more successful than ever. I grew up watching him and now enjoy watching his shows with my nephew.

Jack Wallington

Basil is the best!!!. I have loved him since early childhood and still do at the age of 43. I love his tongue in cheek humour and cute furry face. Keep him going he is a national treasure.
Julia Neale

Basil - why didn't I think of him? What an icon of all things English: outward appearance of faded aristocracy, but quite cheeky and occasionally very saucy. He was created in the early 1960s by Peter Firmin - the creator of Bagpuss and Noggin the Nog. Originally Basil was one of 'The Three Scampis'. In the mid-1960s, however, he became the alter-ego of Ivan Owen, who remained the voice and inner being of Ivan right up until his death in the late 1990s.
Philip Parker

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