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Hogging the headlines

  Pinky & Perky ham it up for a new generation of fans
Pinky & Perky ham it up for a new generation of fans

The Pinky & Perky Show
Monday 3 to Friday 7 November on CBBC

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Superstar swines Pinky & Perky are set to hog the headlines once again when they return to TV screens after a 25-year absence. Loud, silly and extremely funny, the computer-generated animation series, The Pinky & Perky Show, sees the popular piglets hamming it up for a whole new generation of fans.

 

Here, Programme Information has some interesting facts on the piggy pair.

 

  • The original creators of Pinky & Perky, Jan and Vlasta Dalibor, were born in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic). They devised the concept of the twin piglets in 1956 and created the puppets together with a host of other characters which later appeared in various TV series and live shows.

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  • Jan Dalibor carved the original puppets out of wood. The pig is a Czech symbol of good luck.

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  • In the original series, Pinky wore red clothes and Perky blue but, as they were appearing on black-and-white TV, Perky often wore a hat!

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  • In 1959 they were given their own BBC light entertainment series that went on to conquer the globe. Between then and 1973, Pinky & Perky shows were broadcast in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and some European countries. Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Tom Jones, Harry Secombe, Michael Aspel, Freddie And The Dreamers and Henry Cooper all performed with the popular piggies.

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  • In their mid-Sixties TV heyday, Pinky & Perky regularly attracted viewing figures in excess of 15 million.

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  • Pinky & Perky released 16 LP albums between 1957 and 1973, many of which featured The Beakles – a band of mop-headed Crows who parodied their Liverpool counterparts.

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  • They took America by storm, making more Las Vegas appearances in one year than Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr combined. In 1963 they shared the bill with The Beatles, Harry Secombe and Marlene Dietrich at the Royal Command Performance. At their peak, they succeeded in attracting more viewers than the mighty US sitcom import, The Lucy Show, starring Lucille Ball.

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  • Pinky & Perky appeared 11 times at the London Palladium in the UK and six times on the Ed Sullivan show in the USA.

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  • At one point, Pinky & Perky received more fan mail than The Beatles.

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  • Pinky & Perky regularly incurred the wrath of campaigner Mary Whitehouse, who allegedly wrote to the BBC's Director-General, claiming that the pigs were a subversive influence on young children.

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  • More than 220 30-minute Pinky & Perky shows were produced during their 15 years at the top of children’s programming.

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  • Characters Vera Vixen and Morton the Frog starred in the original series and appear in the newly revamped show with new roles.



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