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Fred Basset

Fred Basset first appeared in the Daily Mail on 9 July 1963, created by Alex Graham (1917-1991). Since his death, the strip has continued as a family affair with Arran, his daughter, working closely with the artist, Michael Martin. Appearing daily for over 43 years, it is one of the world’s longest running strip cartoons. With his witty observations and commentary on everyday life, Fred Basset’s gentle humour is quintessentially English, and it is for this quality that he has such a large and loyal following. Fred Basset was Alex Graham’s most popular comic strip and his very English sense of humour has taken him all over the world into 18 countries and 179 newspapers, with a total worldwide readership of over 25 million. When the Long Island Press in America once dropped the strip, its readers objected so much that they were forced to reinstate it! Fred Basset is making the transition from page to screen with a new TV series in development for children aged 6-9 years old, produced by VGI Entertainment.

Chris Blackburn Photo: Courtesy VGI Entertainment Ltd

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