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Blenkinsop

  • Tuesday 12th March 2013, 5:21pm [Edited]
  • England
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Had a look around the site but can't see a thread for this gem. Apologies if there is one tucked away somewhere.

For those who don't know this is pretty much a cartoon version of Bilko, even down to the guy who played Pvt. Doberman (Maurice Gosford) voicing Benny the Ball.

I bought the box set a while ago and have just started watching it and it's still great stuff. You can get all 30 episodes (always believed there were more but seemingly not) for a mere £11.50 on Amazon. Worth it in my opinion.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Top-Cat-Complete-Box-Set/dp/B001675TRA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363108348&sr=8-1

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David Bussell

  • Tuesday 12th March 2013, 5:34pm
  • London, England
  • 9,943 posts

A lot of people don't know this, but the show was originally called Top Wasp...

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Apparently they tested the pilot with an audience though, and the feedback they got was that the wasp angle wasn't popular. People complained they couldn't hear the dialogue over the sound of his buzzing and found it weird that all Top Wasp's friends were cats...

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Another objection was the end of the episode when he murdered Officer Dibble by injecting his head with deadly venom...

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Lee

  • Tuesday 12th March 2013, 6:09pm
  • Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
  • 36,349 posts

Laughing out loud

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sootyj

  • Tuesday 12th March 2013, 6:13pm
  • England
  • 51,287 posts

Brilliant yo time waister

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David Bussell

  • Tuesday 12th March 2013, 7:52pm
  • London, England
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Yeah, a lot of shows fell into the wasp protagonist trap back in those days. Anyone remember before they re-tooled this one?

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beaky

  • Wednesday 13th March 2013, 4:59pm
  • Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
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From memory...
"Top Cat, the most effectual Top Cat,
He's intellectual,
Close friends come to call on T C,
Supposing there's whipped cream for tea,
Top Cat, the the indisputable leader of the gang,
He's the biz, he's the whizz, he's the number one jizz(surely not?)
He's the most tip-top, Top Cat!"

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zooo

  • Wednesday 13th March 2013, 6:27pm [Edited]
  • United Kingdom
  • 69,195 posts

Isn't it 'championship' or something?

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Nil Putters

  • Wednesday 13th March 2013, 7:54pm
  • A galaxy far, far away or, England
  • 28,689 posts

Laughing out loud @ Bussell

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Billy Bunter

  • Wednesday 27th March 2013, 9:21pm [Edited]
  • The Sussex Coast, England
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Ah, Top Cat. Always been my favourite cartoon. Since childhood. Probably because of my fondness for Bilko.

Quote: beaky @ March 13 2013, 4:59 PM GMT

From memory...
"Top Cat, the most effectual Top Cat,
He's intellectual,
Close friends come to call on T C,
Supposing there's whipped cream for tea,
Top Cat, the the indisputable leader of the gang,
He's the biz, he's the whizz, he's the number one jizz(surely not?)
He's the most tip-top, Top Cat!"


Think you'll find it's:

"...Close friends get to call him T.C,
Providing it's with dignity.
Top Cat, the indisputable leader of the gang,
He's the boss, he's the vip, he's the championship (quite right, Zooo)
He's the most tip top, Top Cat!"

By the way, my Beswick collection:

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Tim Azure

  • Wednesday 27th March 2013, 10:07pm [Edited]
  • Kent, England
  • 2,037 posts

Didn't Mitchell & Webb point out Officer Dibble should worry more about drugs and prostitution, rather than a slightly criminal feline?

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beaky

  • Thursday 28th March 2013, 12:15pm
  • Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
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Quote: Billy Bunter @ March 27 2013, 9:21 PM GMT

Ah, Top Cat. Always been my favourite cartoon. Since childhood. Probably because of my fondness for Bilko.

Think you'll find it's:

"...Close friends get to call him T.C,
Providing it's with dignity.
Top Cat, the indisputable leader of the gang,
He's the boss, he's the vip, he's the championship (quite right, Zooo)
He's the most tip top, Top Cat!"

By the way, my Beswick collection:

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Your version makes more sense, but I prefer mine.

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Lazzard

  • Thursday 28th March 2013, 12:24pm
  • Ludlow, England
  • 4,776 posts

As a kid I remember being somewhat confused by the title-sequence.
He was quite patently & audibly called Top Cat.
Yet the title came up as" Boss Cat"?
Didn't discover the truth till years later.

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Billy Bunter

  • Thursday 28th March 2013, 1:31pm
  • The Sussex Coast, England
  • 1,375 posts
Quote: beaky @ March 28 2013, 12:15 PM GMT

Your version makes more sense, but I prefer mine.


I must say I like the idea of whipped cream for tea.