Saturday, 29 November 2014
22 Hector's House
First watched : Uncertain
Hector's adventures replaced Babar in the pre -news slot from 12th November 1969 although it had been on before. Like its predecessors it was a French programme re-voiced for English consumption but the three characters were glove puppets rather than stop motion figures. Despite the title, most of the action takes place in Hector's garden
Hector the hound lives with Miss Zsa Zsa the cat ( who I wrongly presumed to be his wife ) and they are constantly visited by noisy neighbour Kiki the Frog. The two females regularly team up to play tricks on Hector and prick his pomposity which he always accepts with good grace at the end. Hector is wonderfully voiced by Paul Bacon, his fruity tones inflating a bubble of male pride just asking to be popped though you do sometimes wish he'd turn the tables on them. It's impressive that they managed to squeeze nearly 80 episodes from this simple formula.
I only found it mildly diverting but I seem to recall my mum finding it funny.