Hands up everyone who remembers the BBC sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo. Well the portrait made famous by the show sold at the weekend for £15,000. “The Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies” was painted by the totally fictitious artist Van Clomp and was one of the main running jokes of the show which ran from 1982 to 1992. The infamous prop previously sold in 2007 for £4,000 to a private buyer. Auctioneer Andy Stowe, said the latest buyer was from Nouvion in France where the series was set so “it was going home”.
Yesterday, while we were researching our story concerning Sooty puppets up for auction, we came across a story which could rock the BBC to its very core. This story could be bigger than the Cliff Richard sex raid scandal. According to a letter written by Harry Corbett in 1965, the BBC tried to ban Sooty from having a girlfriend over fears it would “sex up” the show. One producer dismissed the idea “on the grounds that sex would be creeping into the programme”.
Have you ever wanted to own your very own little piece of bear history? If so, this could be the very thing for you. Fans of The Sooty Show have the chance to buy the ultimate toy memorabilia – an original hand puppet from the TV shows. Two puppets owned by father and son, Harry and Matthew Corbett, will be auctioned along with Sooty’s magic wand. One was used by Matthew Corbett in his last stage show in London in 1977. The other was given to Eunice Weston in 1960 after Harry Corbett stayed at her parents’ bed and breakfast pub in Clacton, Essex, while performing on tour.
The other day here at Jammy Toast, we mourned the passing of Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds and learned some fascinating facts about the man. The star of such great films as Smokey And The Bandit, Deliverance and Boogie Nights could have had even more great roles if he hadn’t turned them down. During his sixty year career he maintained he was offered the parts of James Bond and Han Solo. When Sean Connery decided to call it a day as 007, the makers turned to Burt but he turned them down saying that he didn’t think people would accept an American James Bond. “It was a stupid thing to say, I could’ve done it and I could’ve done it well,” he told USA Today in 2015.
We were all saddened last night to hear of the death of Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds. The star of one of our favourite ever film series’, Smokey And The Bandit, the wisecracking movie heartthrob and Oscar nominee died in a Florida hospital at the age of 82 with his family at his side. The moustachioed megastar had undergone heart bypass surgery in 2010. He shot to fame in 1972’s Deliverance, and became a Hollywood legend with his roles in Smokey And The Bandit, The Cannonball Run and Boogie Nights.
Some people live from Bond film to Bond film just yearning for the next episode of the spy story – here at Jammy Toast we are the same but for Luther. We have waited nearly three years since the last series and are very much looking forward to seeing Idris Elba back as the London detective. Idris has stated in the past that he doesn’t want to become type-cast as DCI John Luther, but it is the only role we have really loved him in. He has been alright in other films/series but nothing even in the same league as Luther.
When you see famous celebrities on the telly it is difficult to remember that underneath the big star persona is an ordinary person with ordinary fears and worries. These days everyone has more access to celebrities through social media than ever before. But not everyone uses social media to boost their favourite celebrity’s egos or tell them how great their last film/programme/album was. Some people are nothing but vile bullies. One such recipient of this treatment is Scarlett Moffatt.
Bert & Ernie from Sesame Street have launched a lawsuit against an upcoming sex, drugs and violence-laden puppet-based movie called the Happytime Murders. The movie uses the tagline “No Sesame. All Street” on promotional material. The lawsuit says this tarnishes the Sesame Street brand and confuses people into thinking the two are linked. Melissa McCarthy stars in the film, slated for August release, where humans and puppets co-exist. She is given a new puppet partner in the R-rated film to try to solve a string of murders.
Party on, Dudes. It’s official: Bill and Ted’s excellent adventure is set to continue – thirty years after their first time-travel escapade. The new instalment, “Bill and Ted Face The Music”, will see Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter back as Theodore ‘Ted’ Logan and Bill S Preston Esq. However, this time, they’ll be navigating middle-age and family responsibilities. The writers of the first two films, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, are behind the script, while Dean Parisot is confirmed as director. So, after three decades, why are two dudes with completely normal names still causing such excitement?
There’s been a murder – said in my best Jim Taggart impression… or should that be, “There’s bin a murdah”? I should explain. It was the early hours of this morning when I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep. There is nothing worse than trying to get to sleep and failing, so to take my mind off sleep, I turned the television on quietly so as not to disturb any of the sleeping bears. The BBC News Channel was telling the story of a murder case from 70 years ago aboard the cruise ship Durban Castle. Fresh evidence was casting doubt on the original conviction of a deck steward for the ghastly deed. The victim was a young actress thought to have been murdered on-board the ship but may actually have died from natural causes, it is now being claimed.