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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The highlight in this episode are the clips from Cannon and Ball’s Casino and Talkabout, the latter managing to look more dated than any other programme in this series thanks to everyone wearing hideous lurid waistcoats throughout. This one also meets the Johnson family, mostly to talk about mad old Uncle Bob and his turkey obsession although it’s worth pointing out the rest of the clan hardly covered themselves in glory in the Name A Famous Irishman round.
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