Orville the Duck

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Orville the Duck
Created by Keith Harris
Portrayed by Keith Harris
Information
Species Duck
Gender Male

Orville the Duck is the puppet of ventriloquist Keith Harris and was named after Orville Wright (one of the Wright Brothers).[1] Orville is a green duckling who wears nothing but a nappy with a large safety pin on the front. He speaks with a falsetto voice.

Orville appeared on BBC television from 1982 to 1990 on The Keith Harris Show, which featured assorted puppets such as Orville the Duck and Cuddles the Monkey. At the peak of their popularity in December 1982, Harris and Orville released the single "Orville's Song", reaching number 4 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1983 and selling over 400,000 copies in total.

After The Keith Harris Show's close in 1990, Harris took up work for Butlins holiday resorts.

In 2004, Harris provided Orville's personality in an advert for Surf washing powder. Harris, in an attempt to broaden the horizons of his original stage show, has also toured with a more adult offering entitled Duck Off.[2]

Orville and Harris had a short appearance on the sketch comedy series Little Britain as themselves in of a group of entertainers waiting to meet the royal family. In another episode, Orville was portrayed as an out-of-work actor shopping at a supermarket, played by Matt Lucas, dressed as an oversized version of Orville, and had a regularly pitched voice. Harris and Orville have also made an appearance on Channel Four's Banzai.

In 2005, both Harris and Orville appeared in the Channel 5 reality TV show, The Farm and went on to win it. [3] They also appeared in the video for Tony Christie's "Is This the Way to Amarillo", which was re-released in that year. In May 2009, they made a cameo appearance on the BBC drama Ashes to Ashes, set in November 1982.

There are two Orville puppets that Harris uses, one manual, one a radio-controlled animatronic version. The original Orville puppet is insured for £100,000.

In February 2012, Orville featured in a giffgaff advert.[4][5] In October 2012 + December 2013, Orville appeared with Harris on Pointless Celebrities.

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