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World TV puppets Orville and Emu for sale

06:10  25 november  2019
06:10  25 november  2019 Source:   bbc.com

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Two of British TV 's most famous puppets - Orville the Duck and Emu - are going on sale at auction. Harris and Orville 's success followed in the footsteps of comic Rod Hull's chaotic act with mischievous bird, Emu . Each of the puppets are expected to fetch up to £10,000 when they go under

Former Saturday night TV star and chart topper Orville the duck is to go on sale at auction. The green, nappy-wearing duckling was a regular on Emu is sold as "the original puppet owned and used by Rod Hull during his television and stage career" and was acquired from his estate in the early 2000s.

Keith Harris wearing a costume: Harris and Orville sold about 400,000 copies of Orville's Song - reaching number 4 in the charts and appearing on Top of the Pops© BBC Harris and Orville sold about 400,000 copies of Orville's Song - reaching number 4 in the charts and appearing on Top of the Pops

Two of British TV's most famous puppets - Orville the Duck and Emu - are going on sale at auction.

Orville, a cheeky green duckling wearing a nappy, was a regular on television during the 1980s and 1990s, alongside ventriloquist Keith Harris.

Harris and Orville's success followed in the footsteps of comic Rod Hull's chaotic act with a mischievous bird, Emu.

Each of the puppets are expected to fetch up to £10,000 (AUD$18,904) when they go under the hammer in London next month.

Louis Theroux, Keith Harris posing for the camera: Keith Harris and Orville were the subjects of a Louis Theroux documentary in 2002© BBC Keith Harris and Orville were the subjects of a Louis Theroux documentary in 2002

Harris became a household name thanks to the BBC programme The Keith Harris Show - on which Orville became a stand-out act.

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Emu , Rod Hull’s puppet which famously attacked Michael Parkinson on his chat show, is up for sale . Orville and Emu have guide prices of £8,000 to £10,000. Hull died aged 63 in 1999 after falling from the roof of his home in East Sussex while adjusting his TV aerial.

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At the peak of their popularity in the 1980s, Harris released a number of singles with the puppet - including Orville's Song ("I wish I could fly") which got to number four in the singles charts.

Harris and Orville continued to make guest appearances on shows including Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Louis Theroux, and Shameless before Harris appeared in Celebrity Big Brother in 2012.

He was diagnosed with cancer of the spleen in 2013 and died two years later aged 67.

Rod Hull wearing a suit and tie: Rod Hull's Emu often caused mayhem, playfully attacking celebrities including interviewer Michael Parkinson© BBC Rod Hull's Emu often caused mayhem, playfully attacking celebrities including interviewer Michael Parkinson a man and a woman sitting on a table: EMU gets to grips with comedian and dancer Billy Dainty in 1976© BBC EMU gets to grips with comedian and dancer Billy Dainty in 1976

Hull's Emu act was best known for the attacks his puppet launched against celebrities during guest appearances and their own BBC series Emu's Broadcasting Company.

His victims included Michael Parkinson, Snoop Dogg, and the Queen Mother.

Hall died in 1999 after falling off the roof of his cottage while adjusting his TV aerial. He was 63 years old.

Orville and Emu go on sale on at Bonham's auction house on 17 December.

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