Firstly, the video clip above features the opening titles from the series, and I don't know about you, but I haven't heard that song since I was a kid! It was sung by the Irish singer Jackie Lee and was actually released on the Pye record label, reaching #14 in the UK charts in 1971. This wasn't the first time that Jackie had entered the charts, though. In 1968 she had a hit with the theme tune to the British version of the 1965 TV series The White Horse, which reached #10.
The Adventures of Rupert Bear was originally aired between 1970 and 1977 and 156 episodes were created. However, around half of them have gone missing, apparently, Well, judging by how creepy many kids found some of the puppets in this show, maybe that's not a bad thing!
Rupert Bear made his first appearance as a comic strip in the Daily Express during 1920. The annuals have been released every year since 1936.
I always wanted a yellow, check scarf just like Rupert's as a kid, although I never fancied the matching trousers quite as much!
On this cover, Rupert is playing leapfrog with his friends Bill Badger, Algy Pug and Edward Trunk.
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