Monday, 15 December 2014
37 The Shari Lewis Show
First watched : Uncertain
This one returned to the screen on Sunday 19 April 1970.
Shari Lewis was essentially an American ventriloquist who worked with sock puppets . She was a big TV star in the 1950s and early 60s but was ditched in 1963 when the moguls decided that childrens' TV should be 100 % animation. She was doing live work when the BBC approached her to do 18 shows a year for them starting in 1968 and running till 1976.
The show used more or less the same format as the American series so she was perhaps fortunate that the latter had already been largely wiped.
It wasn't a great favourite of mine to be honest. Her New York accent was grating enough before being exaggerated for the whiney voice of her main character Lamb Chop.
Starting in 1992 she made a major comeback on US TV and was working right up to her death. She contracted viral pneumonia while being treated for cancer and died in August 1998.