When Bernard Cribbins, the voice of Buzby – a straggly, phone pole-dwelling cartoon canary in personalised vest – phoned his mum to tell her she was on telly, a nationalised industry dipped its toe into the heady world of merchandise. plush toys, stickers, combs, necklaces and badges sprang up. Buses and Commer vans carried his image everywhere. Buzby’s adventures appeared in TV Comic and picture books detailing his laddish antics (‘Buzby’s Rock Group‘, ‘Buzby’s Girlfriend’). There was even an abortive attempt to privatise the company with the issue of ‘Buzby Bonds’. It all got a bit much, and he was eventually replaced with the less omnipresent (though more annoying) ‘It’s for you-hoo!’ campaign.
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Well, many congratulations to Startrax for managing to be the least interesting performers on a programme that also featured Tony Banks from Genesis. If anyone wants to know why studio groups usually stay in the studio, that’s exhibit A. More visual splendour from Aneka, joined by a bewigged Legs & Co (mmm, brunette Sue and Lulu) and then even joining the conga to see the show out. We’ve skipped another week here so a few repeats, plus another sodding medley, but all good fun.
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