Day 13 – ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2016


Hello everyone! 🙂

It’s Day 13 of ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2016.

What do ‘Dad’s Army’ and ‘Mr. Men’ have in common?

Arthur Lowe! In 1974, a children’s TV series was made, based on the ‘Mr. Men’ stories by Roger Hargreaves. I remembering seeing the original ‘Mr. Men’ stories on VHS as a kid. They were read by Arthur Lowe, who played Captain Mainwaring in the classic BBC TV comedy series ‘Dad’s Army’.

The video I’ve chosen today is one of the ‘Mr. Men’ stories called ‘Mr. Bounce’. I’ve chosen this story to be shown today as I find it the funniest out of the lot whilst re-watching these ‘Mr. Men’ episodes lately on YouTube. Arthur Lowe reads this story so well about ‘Mr. Bounce’ who is someone that just keeps on bouncing.

At the time of watching the ‘Mr. Men’ stories on VHS, I had no idea that the reader was actually the actor who played Captain Mainwaring in the ‘Dad’s Army’ TV series. Of course, I wasn’t into ‘Dad’s Army’ at the time as a little kid, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Arthur Lowe read these stories later on.

Arthur Lowe is a very good reader and he read many ‘Mr. Men’ stories including ‘Mr. Tickle’, ‘Mr. Greedy’ and of course ‘Mr. Happy’. My favourite ‘Mr. Men’ story as a kid was ‘Mr. Clumsy’, although sadly he wasn’t one of the characters who got to have his story read by Arthur Lowe in the TV series.

However, Mr. Clumsy did appear in the story ‘Mr. Fussy’ since he was Mr. Fussy’s cousin in that. I highly recommend checking out these original ‘Mr. Men’ stories read by Arthur Lowe in 1974. They’re classic children’s stories by Roger Hargreaves and continue to be popular today as they were back then.

Thanks for watching and reading!

Find out what Day 13 – ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2015 was about!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Day 13 – ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2016

  1. Tim Bradley Post author

    Hi Leigh.

    I’m glad you enjoyed my advent calendar post on Mr. Bounce and the link between the Mr. Men stories and ‘Dad’s Army’. I enjoy listening to Arthur Lowe reading the stories and adding his deadpan humour into the stories.

    Yes I have seen those Mr. Men/Doctor Who books advertised recently. They seem really interesting, although I do think the whole idea is absurd! 😀 But they may go down well. I’m disappointed they’re not doing it for all the Doctors as I would like a Dr. Fifth, Dr. Sixth and Dr. Seventh book on display. I look forward to when they come out in the bookshops.

    Thanks Leigh!

    Tim. 🙂



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