Monday, 5 January 2015
54 Pinky and Perky
First watched : Uncertain
Pinky and Perky were originally contemporaries of Muffin the Mule on the BBC and lasted from 1957 to 1968. These two clunky wooden string puppets spoke and sang in high pitched voices because the recordings had been sped up , a very simple gimmick but it obviously worked for a considerable length of time. With record players in every home the BBC decided it had had its day in 1968 but ITV picked up the ball and ran with the porcine pals until 1971.
In the BBC version they had a human foil and took part in skeches. This was all stripped out in the ITV show which merely had them miming and dancing to speeded up records.
A number of Pinky and Perky records were released , both singles and albums but none charted, the people being smart enough to realise they could create just as good a version from their existing record collection with a flick of the switch on their Dansette.
The pigs disappeared from the screen for two whole decades before a brief revival in The Pig Attraction ( which did spawn a very minor hit with their version of Reet Petite in 1993 ) and then morphed into animated characters for a show on CBBC in 2008 which is still being shown.