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Origami

PAPERFOLDY SHOW similar to the later ART OF… Sinister old bloke (RICHARD HIDDLEMAN) in Chinese overalls, ex-army brilliantined haircut and glasses, looking for all the world like a sinister doctor (or that bloke on the MASTERMIND box) sat at what appeared to be a card table, folding bits of paper and pressing down the folds with the butt-end of a pair of sinister lacquered tweezers. He was accompanied by an assistant, plainly native English yet made up to look oriental and dressed as a geisha girl. Her role was to follow his moves at a discreet time-lag and to be addressed as ‘Netsuko’ or something similar. She never spoke; whether this was because she was not an Equity member or because he ruled her with an iron fist we can only speculate.

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  1. Glenn Aylett

    July 20, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Strange, very strange, in the same way you got the impression the guru on Yoga for Health manipulated his attractive female students. However, the woman on this looked like she was out of a bad version of the Mikado rather than some lissom young yogi. Yet just like its yoga counterpart, it was educational, which was very important to broadcasters in the seventies.

  2. David Bally

    September 17, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Actually the presenter of origami was british magician and author Robert Harbin.

    Richard Hittleman (correct spelling) was the American presenter of Yoga for health.

  3. Sonny Jim

    October 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Without the benefit of a VCR at the time (probably because they hadn’t actually hit the High Street), I found it very difficult to keep up with all that paper folding malarkey!

    The guy would construct a frog or a swan or a peacock….

    I ended up with a creased mess, a crumpled mess or a creased & crumpled mess.

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