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“Hello, I’m Penny Wise”

Chris Hughes has pointed out that new designs for every coin are being introduced next year, and wonders – rightly – why there has been no official publicity about this whatsoever.
Where, he contends, was the design-a-coin competition on Blue Peter? Where was the official announcement (which should, by rights, have been made by Alistair Darling as a guest on The One Show, in front of some blown-up giant-sized coins)?

And where is the publicity campaign, featuring an animated character called Penny Wise, voiced by Penelope Keith?

And is there going to be a special launch programme on BBC1, hosted by Huw Edwards and Evan Davies, with guest appearances from Sir Alan Sugar and Peter Jones; roving reports from Saira Khan and Matt Baker; mini-skits with the casts of Robin Hood (“Yes, Sheriff, I certainly do give to the poor…this bag of shiny newly-minted coins!”) and EastEnders (“‘Ere, Minty, what’s this funny money? Are you trying to diddle me?”); plus the stars of Strictly Come Dancing performing to Pennies From Heaven?

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  1. FishyFish

    December 3, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Not sure that using the scary clown from Stephen King’s “IT” as a mascot is a wise move…

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