The Basil Brush Show

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The Basil Brush Show
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GenreChildren's sitcom
Written byGed Allen
Danny Robins
Directed byDavid McKay
StarringMichael Byers
Christopher Pizzey
Michael Hayes
Georgina Leonidas
Laura Evans
Ajay Chabra
Janine Vieira
Tisha Martin
Voices ofMichael Winsor (uncredited)
Don Austen
Basil Soper
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes78 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)The Foundation (RDF Media)
Entertainment Rights
BBC
Release
Original networkCBBC
Picture format16:9
Original release27 September 2002 – 7 December 2007
Chronology
Preceded byThe Basil Brush Show
Followed byBasil's Swap Shop
External links
Website
Production website

The Basil Brush Show is a British children's television sitcom series, starring the glove puppet fox Basil Brush. It was produced for six series by The Foundation, airing on CBBC from 27 September 2002 to 7 December 2007. The show is a spin-off from the original 1960s–1970s BBC television series, but without any of the original cast.[1]

Overview[edit]

The series is set in a colourful modern penthouse flat, which is jointly owned by Basil and his sidekick, Stephen (Christopher Pizzey). Living with them are Stephen's niece and nephew, Molly (Georgina Leonidas), and Dave (Michael Hayes). They are left under the care of Stephen so that Molly & Dave's parents can go on a round the world trip.

Other characters include Anil (Ajay Chabra), the owner of a greasy-spoon café under the name of 'Anil's', where the main characters would frequently be seen dining. Ella (Tisha Martin) is Basil & Stephen's neighbour who loves to sing. She is later replaced by Maddison (Laura Evans), an American fashion designer. Basil Soper also appeared in several episodes, playing a different character every time.

Notably, the series takes a laissez-faire attitude towards the show's atmosphere, and the fourth wall is frequently broken; characters often reference the fact that they are on a studio set, and several episodes feature scenes and segments where the show's cameramen and crew become involved in the storyline.

As the show was re-vamped in later years, two other characters were introduced. Liam (Michael Byers) replaces Stephen as Basil's new sidekick, with Lucy (Janine Vieira) debuting as Anil's niece.

The following is a list of the characters featured in The Basil Brush Show which began airing in 2002 on CBBC.

Key characters[edit]

Basil Brush[edit]

Basil Brush is a red fox, rendered as both a glove puppet and an animated character.

Stephen[edit]

Stephen is the uncle to Dave and Molly, and is left in charge of them when their parents go on a round-the-world tour. He was on the show from 2002–06. He is often the main subject of Basil's or another character's jokes, much to his annoyance. He was also not very clever as he did not seem to know a very simple sum (as established in the episode "Bing Trouble", when Molly told him that 2 + 2 = 4 to which he said "Does it?"). He was played by Christopher Pizzey and left at the end of series 4. He appeared briefly in series 5 when Basil mentioned that he has been snapped up by Hollywood. But this later reveals he is working at a Hollywood burger van. His cousin Liam arrives shortly after to take his place. He is usually referred to by Basil as "Mr. Steven".

Liam[edit]

Liam is a distant cousin of Stephen's and replaces him as Basil's sidekick. He took the place of Stephen in the fifth series of the show and was part of the show from 2006–07. Liam is just trying to get a hand of these exciting things which are yet to happen to him but all of it is a mystery. While Liam is still dumb in some aspects, he is quite a smart person; several episodes revolve around some of his near-impossible inventions like a time machine and a shrink ray; he is also good at chemistry. A recurring joke is he will make mention to some odd or absurd night class he has been to, with the line "I knew those (whatever is relevant to the story) night classes would come in handy." In the episode Ballroom Basil, it is stated that his surname is O'Dingleberry. He is played by Michael Byers.

Dave[edit]

Dave Martin is one of the original characters that features in the old comeback. He is fourteen years old. He is regularly shown to have a flair for business, and has, throughout the course of the series, set up a media empire which was later destroyed by Basil and Liam, imported stolen goods and even started his own TV show; he is usually addressed as a 14-year-old multi-billionaire entrepreneur. He is portrayed by Michael Hayes.

Molly[edit]

Molly Alison Elizabeth Waves is Dave's older sister and Stephen's niece. She is 16 years old portrayed as the sensible character, trying to reason with the characters whenever they make a bad decision and can sometimes be very violent. Molly is one of the most popular characters on the show. She is very clever and very witty. From Series 5, Molly appears in only a few episodes as a recurring character, with Lucy partially replacing her character-type. Molly only appears in two episodes in the final season, in Ballroom Basil where she says she is going to get some milk and she may be gone for some time, and in Basil Christmas Dinners where she returns and explains there was a worldwide milk shortage and she had to go all the way to Timbuktu which is why she was so long. She is portrayed by Georgina Leonidas.

Madison[edit]

An American who was introduced as 'Madison Square-Gardens', Madison is a fashion student living in the flat upstairs. She was on the show from 2004–07. The character of Madison is played by Laura Evans, a singer/songwriter from Aberdare in South Wales. Her initial designs were thrown out by Basil, having mistaken them for rubbish. Madison is Stephen's third love interest in the show. She pronounces Basil's name in the southern US way, as Bay-zull. When things start going wrong, she often protests that the only reason she is still in the UK is because she has lost her passport. Her name comes from Madison Square Garden.

Anil[edit]

Appearing in every series of the show, Anil is the owner of Basil's local hangout, Anil's Caff. Like Mr Stephen, he is shown to have a less than average intelligence, and a running joke through the series is the terrible quality of his food. It is revealed that he is sexist in Bend it like Basil. He is played by Ajay Chabra. In the episode Camping it is revealed that Anil wears a wig, has a glass eye, false teeth and a prosthetic wooden leg.

Lucy[edit]

Lucy is Anil's niece and currently lives in Basil's flat. Lucy was Anil's "slave" but was "rescued" by Madison. She can be quite stubborn at times but loves hanging out in the flat with Basil and the rest of the gang. She hates cousin Mortimer's pranks and Dave's cons. Lucy replaces Molly after she left the show after series 4, and aired on the show from 2006–07. The character of Lucy is played by Janine Vieira in Season 5 and Madeline Castrey in Season 6.

Ella[edit]

Ella is Stephen's second love interest, only appearing in the second series (2003–04). She is also good friends with Molly. It is revealed that she is a football prodigy in Bend it like Basil. She is played by Tisha Martin.

Semi-regular and recurring characters[edit]

The Voice-over Man[edit]

The Voice Over Man was an unseen character who often voiced over at times when he annoys the gang but occasionally he undid some mistakes that Basil and his friends made. He was part of the regular cast from 2002–05, quietly retiring from the show after Series 4. He was credited as Basil Soper.

Mortimer Brush[edit]

Mortimer is Basil's cousin and recurring antagonist. His first appearance was in the episode called Cousin Mortimer and then he last appeared in the movie called Mortimer's Revenge.

In the first series finale, he arrived and pretended to be kind and helpful to the local people but secretly he was stealing things and getting Basil into trouble. In the second series, he was released from prison and he was still causing havoc. His catchphrase is "Bang! Bang!", followed by the sound of two projectile ricochets.

In the third series he and Basil had to get along for 24 hours without fighting and arguing but they over-wound the wind-up clock and they fought one minute too early . He also appeared at Basil's wedding when he was marrying evil Kelly Foxwell but in the end, Kelly liked Mortimer more than Basil. He returned in the Christmas special. He appeared in the fourth series in prison. He is voiced by Don Austen.

He appeared in the 2005 and 2006 Christmas specials.

In the first series finale, his full name is revealed to be Mortimer Trouble Brush.

Bingo Brush[edit]

Basil's playful and hyperactive nephew fox cub. Often says "Bing bing!". Bingo has a twin brother called Bungo whom Basil says is "much, much worse", who only appeared at the end of Bingo's first story. Bingo appeared on the show multiple occasions, starting from 2003. Bingo is voiced by Don Austen.

Roxy[edit]

Roxy is Basil's girlfriend, but unlike the other foxes in the show she is an Arctic fox. She has only been seen in four episodes (2006–07), including the 2006 Christmas Special. She pronounces Basil's name as Ba-Zeal.

Mr Rossiter[edit]

Mr Rossiter is the landlord who own the flats the main characters live in. He is named after Leonard Rossiter, who famously played the landlord Rupert Rigby in the sitcom Rising Damp. He is played by Milton Johns.

India[edit]

India is a waitress who works at Anil's Cafe (Basil's local hangout). She is a terrible cook like her boss but has a beautiful singing voice, as shown to perform songs occasionally throughout the series. India was only mentioned for a brief portion of the final season (2006–07). She is played by India de Beaufort.

Amanda[edit]

Amanda first appeared in the first episode in Season 1. She is a restaurant critic and Stephen's first love interest. In the series 1 finale, Amanda sides with Mortimer when he takes over the show and turning it into a seedy backdrop. She dresses up as a club harlot and breaks the fourth wall, claiming she "can't afford to be out of work". When Stephen orders her to "get those cloths off!", she indignently leaves and is never seen again. She is played by Jodie Scott.

Episodes[edit]

Locations[edit]

  • Stephen's Flat (2002–07): This is the place where the gang live and spend most of their time. It is made up of a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and three bedrooms. The bathroom is seen on many occasions, and Basil and Stephen's bedroom is seen at the end of every episode from Series 1–4. Molly's room is only seen in one episode in Series One, and Dave's room is only seen in an episode from Series 4. Liam moves into the flat for Series 5 and 6.
  • Anil's Café (2002–07): The gang spend most of their time here, although it apparently serves bad food (the reason for this is given by Basil, when asked by Anil once, as "it's the only other set we've got", to which Anil responds "good point"). This is the place where the group meet Amanda (1.1), India (Series 2 – 4), and Lucy (5.1). We also see Anil's Kitchen in one episode from Series 2. It is later refurbished in Series 5 in the episode toothache. In Series 6, it is seen again in the episode fox on the run.
  • Ella's Flat (2003): Only featured twice in the 2003 series. The first appearance in "Ella" after Stephen and Basil end up falling through an air vent and a second time in "Molly in Love", when Molly visits and tells Ella about her crush. It is seen as mostly light brown and beige in colour.
  • Madison's Flat (2004–07): This is the place where Madison lives. It is exceptionally smaller than both Ella's and Stephen's flat.
  • the ally (2005–07):the first episode where this set was used in was Basil's angels.

Spin-offs[edit]

Basil's Swap Shop/Basil's Game Show[edit]

Basil's Swap Shop is a remake of the cult-classic children's Saturday morning show, Multicoloured Swap Shop. The show was presented by Basil Brush and Barney Harwood and was produced for three series by the Foundation (the same production company that produced the Basil Brush Show) and aired live from 5 January 2008 to 25 September 2010 on BBC Two and the CBBC Channel. Basil's Game Show was the cut-down version of the show that featured just the games, as well as some of the comedy segments.

Media releases[edit]

  • Basil Brush – Unleashed (VHS & DVD) – 2003
  • Basil Brush – Extravaganza (DVD) – 2008
  • Basil Brush – Sports Spectacular (DVD) – 2009
  • Basil Brush – Crazy Christmas (DVD) – 2009

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jason Deans (13 February 2002). "Basil Brush to star in CBBC sitcom". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-10-22.

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