1 9 5 0 – 1 9 5 6 (UK)
Approx. 110 x 60 minute episodes
This fortnightly Saturday afternoon variety show – the first such show designed especially for the short-trousered crowd – was initially presented by puppeteer Humphrey Lestocq (“Goody goody gumdrops”) and his wooden assistant, Mr Turnip (pictured above) who addressed Lestocq as “HL”.
Over the seasons the bill included the pioneering British Sci-Fi serial Stranger From Space, the animated The Adventures of Hank (a carefree cowboy and his hoss), conjuring with Geoffrey Robinson, Steve Race on the piano, The Sooty Show with Harry Corbett, and – in his TV debut – Rolf Harris (with Willoughby, a drawing board with a life of its own).
The show was devised and produced by Michael Westmore. Among the writers were Peter Ling and Hazel Adair, later to create Crossroads.
Humphrey Lestocq (HL)