(Updated 5/6/15): Basil Brush – star of TV, stage and TV Comic – is out and about over the summer months in the UK with his “Full on Fox Tour”, taking in towns across the country from Newport on Saturday to Ipswich on 22nd November.
Basil Brush has celebrated over 50 years in entertainment and The Basil Brush Show on BBC TV has been seen by millions of viewers all over the globe from 1968 through to today. The show was BAFTA nominated and voted best comedy show on TV.
He also made over 800 appearances in TV Comic, drawn by the likes of Pugwash creator John Ryan, Chas Sinclair and Dick Millington, as well as appearing in assorted holiday specials and annuals. He even had his own Comic Car, produced by Corgi, that was released in 1971.
Basil Brush first appeared in TV Comic in 1968. The strip was announced in issue 841, 27 January 1968. The first Basil Brush strip in appeared the following week, in issue 842, 3 February 1968.
Since we first published this story Basil Brush himself has revealed his own love of his comic strip appearances – and posted a photograph of a Basil Brush strip he owns, drawn by Dick Millington. If readers can help identify the issue of TV Comic it appeared in, that would be great. Please post a comment below.
GE Publishing, the sister company to GE Fabbri, was the most recent publisher to offer a Basil Brush title – Basil Brush Jokes – which launched as a four-weekly title in 2004 that included comic strip as well as features – but I have to confess the title slipped me by and I don’t know how long it ran for.
Britain’s most loveable fox is back on the road until the autumn, along with his TV chum Mr Stephen (aka Chris Pizzey). Together they will take you on a journey of laughs, storytelling and song in a brand new specially written ‘live’ stage show packed with fun and excitement.
A show for all the family and you’ll also be able to meet Basil and Mr Stephen after the show.
So in Basil’s words..”Boom Boom!!”
• Follow Basil Brush on Twitter @realbasilbrush
• Lew Stringer has an item on John Ryan’s Basil Brush strips here
• There’s a potted history of Basil Brush, from his early appearances on The Three Scampies and The Nixon Line to the present day here on Toonhound
Information on Basil Brush’s first appearance in TV Comic courtesy Paul Scoones