The questionnaire: Basil Brush

Basil Brush

Basil Brush was created and given voice by the late Ivan Owen, a failed actor. An 18-inch puppet, Brush first appeared on television in 1963, and went on to have a primetime slot on BBC1 from 1968 to 1980, regularly attracting audiences of more than 13m. His catchphrase, 'Boom, boom!', became a national institution. This year, Loaded magazine granted him a Lifetime Achievement Award. Brush has come out of retirement to star in his own television sitcom, Foxed, to be screened next year.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A long, quiet, pleasant ramble through the countryside.

What is your greatest fear?
Obscurity. And dogs.

With which historical figure do you most identify?
Chris Eubank - a wit and a dandy.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Excessive humility.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

What is your favourite smell?

What is your favourite building?
There's a little chicken coop in Deptford I've always had a soft spot for.

How did you vote in the last election?
Foxes don't get the vote, alas.

How will you vote in the next election?
Come the revolution, who knows!

Should the royal family be scrapped?
Certainly not, although I'm not sure about some of those furs Princess Margaret wears.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Have you ever said 'I love you' and not meant it?
I only ever say this to the mirror, so of course I always mean it.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Boom, boom!

How do you relax?
Painting watercolours, gardening and a little light techno.

How often do you have sex?
I haven't met the right vixen yet.

What would your motto be?
Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

How would you like to die?

Do you believe in life after death?
Theatrically speaking, yes.

How would you like to be remembered?
As the dear little fox who brought a little joy into everyone's life.


Compiled by Rosanna Greenstreet

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