1 9 6 3 – 1 9 7 0 (UK)
25 minute episodes
Ventriloquist Ray Alan presented the eponymous glove puppets – Tich (a small boy) and Quackers (his pet duck) in this BBC series.
The show featured a game for kids called “Pop ‘n’ Drop”.
London-born Alan was well known for his work with the puppet “Lord Charles” – a drunken, upper-class club bore who first came to fame via appearances on The Good Old Days.
He went on to a show called The Magic Circle, for which he created a new puppet called Ali Cat.
In the 70s and 80s, Alan branched out into game shows, compering shows like Three Little Words and Where In The World? for HTV. He also appeared regularly on The Good Old Days.
Alan continued to perform into his seventies, doing tours and also undertaking conference and corporate events. In 1998/1999 he entertained guests on the QE2.
Ray Alan died suddenly at his home in Reigate, Surrey, on the morning of 24 May 2010. He was 79.