Web Page No 2310
22nd October 2016
Top Picture: Pinky and Perky EP Cover
Second Picture: Early Pinky and Perky
Third Picture: With creator Vlasta Dalibor
Two Little Pigs
Looking back, what a ridiculous scenario it was to have two marionettes clattering and dancing on a television programme whilst singing the latest pop songs.
Yes I am talking about Pinky and Perky.
But did you know that they were originally going to be named Pinky and Porky but there was a problem registering Porky as a character name. This was solved by Margaret Potter, the wife of their producer, Trevor Hill, who also discovered them, when she woke him up one night announcing "I've got it! Pinky and Perky!
They were created by Czechoslovakian immigrants Jan and Vlasta Dalibor. The characters of pigs were chosen because the pig is seen as a symbol of good luck in their home country. If you remember the puppets, who had only very limited movements, looked very alike. Pinky wore red clothes and Perky wore blue, but this distinction was of little use on black and white TV, so Perky often wore a hat.
They spoke and sang in high-pitched voices, created by re-playing original voice recordings at twice the original recorded speed; the vocals were sung by Mike Sammes, the originator of the Mike Sammes Singers. while the backing track was played at half normal speed (Mike Sammes did the same job for Ken Dodd's Diddymen, as Ross Bagdasarian did for the original Chipmunks in the early 1960s. As we must all remember Pinky and Perky would often sing cover versions of popular songs, but who remembers that they also had their own theme song, "We Belong Together".
They had their own fictional TV station "PPC TV. on which they also performed comedy sketches usually with a human foil. Actor John Slater worked with them as a straight man for many years, enduring soakings from water pistols and similar pranks. Other human companions included Roger Moffat, Jimmy Thompson and Fred Emney.
Their show included other puppets such as the Beakles, (a bird parody of the Beatles), Topo Gigio, a mouse puppet who appeared in many later episodes, as well as a female pig. Other puppets included Ambrose Cat, Basil Bloodhound, Bertie Bonkers the baby elephant, Conchita the Cow, Horace Hare and Vera Vixen. How many of those do you remember?
The puppets also appeared on TV in the United States on a number of episodes of The Ed Sullivan Show: where they shared the bill with the Beatles and Morecambe and Wise.
The pigs featured in series, such as Pinky and Perky's Pop Parade and Pinky and Perky's Island, for 11 years until 1968 on the BBC before transferring to ITV until 1971. There were no real people, sketches or stories in the shows at all. Instead, the puppets would be seen lip-synching and dancing to songs by the likes of Petula Clark.Each episode would end with the characters singing the Scaffold's hit "Thank U Very Much". At this point, there would be the only piece of spoken dialogue, which went along these lines:
"Who's going to say it?"
"Oh, let me!"
"No! I want to!"
"Alright, then, let's do it together! Ready—MUCH!"
The characters enjoyed a brief revival in the 1990s, on the short-lived children's series The Pig Attraction. A children's annual was also produced in the '60s featuring their adventures.
The Pinky and Perky Show reappeared in an all-new CGI-animated television series on CBBC, beginning in November 2008 on BBC One. There are 52 episodes, each 13 minutes in length. Some of the old characters remained in the show, such as Vera Vixen (who often hatches schemes to try to get rid of the two pigs) and Morton Frog (who works in the production control room, usually running the end titles at the end of an episode. Alongside them, there were a host of new characters, such as K.T. the studio manager cat, Wilberforce the tortoise security guard (who comes up with impractical ideas for new acts or games for the show), and a pair of poodle receptionists called Tara and Tamara. There was also a steady stream of special 'celebrity' guests, many of which spoof better-known franchises, such as Doctor Who as "Dr. Roo".
It is amazing to record that this duo released 25 singles, 15 EP’s and 11 albums.
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