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Michael Bentine's Potty Time Review

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Bringing Goons-style humour down to infant level

★★★★

Bringing Goons-style humour down to infant level (but without diluting a certain spark of bonkers genius), Michael Bentine’s Thames Television series appears here in its 26-episode entirety.

Decked out like a polite schoolmaster, Bentine interacts with hairy puppets and their high-pitched sidekicks in skewed takes on classic adventures (Treasure Island, Robin Hood) or boys’ own heroes (French Foreign Legion, 7th Cavalry). It’s low-tech compared to today’s kids TV, but there’s something dottily British about it that doesn’t fade.

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