Wednesday, 18 February 2015
94 Michael Bentine Time / Michael Bentine's Potty Time
First watched : 1972
At the risk of being executed for treason in the next reign I've never seen anything very appealing in the Goons that would warrant further investigation though that might be over-influenced by that unctuous bullfrog, Harry Secombe's inescapable presence in their ranks. I did like this though; perhaps Michael got out before becoming too tainted with their cloying silliness.
The Potty puppets were a little similar to the Diddymen although the tone of the programme was sharply different, Michael and Doddy having little in common as comedians. The Potties generally performed comic re-creations of historical events scripted by Michael who also did the voices ( which did owe something to the Goons ) and designed the look for the puppets though as he interacted with them on screen they were operated from below by others.
Strangely it didn't take in its Friday teatime slot on BBC1 so the following year switched to ITV where, slightly re-titled it ran for the rest of the decade.