Sunday, December 13, 2009

Knitted Character rides The Jelly

Harry Hill won two awards last night at the British Comedy Awards. His 'TV Burp' was voted the best comedy entertainment programme for the second year running, while he won best entertainment personality. Well deserved! 'TV Burp' is a frequently surreal review of the previous week's TV, often based on tiny inconsequential fragments of clips that you might otherwise miss, or pointing the finger at the truly bizarre (but serious) offerings from various TV channels.

The Knitted Character, a toy dropped once by a baby from a pram in an episode of the Eastenders soap in a few seconds of footage, has ended up being a running storyline for several series now, having his own adventures (rescued from a burning church by a magic sausage in Emmerdale, another soap) and competition. A brief comment on a cookery show with chef Heston Blumental about how the Victorians watched jellies wobble for entertainment has turned into numerous treats for the Knitted Character to ride on a jelly, accompanied by a sixties surf classic, Wipe Out by The Surfaris. That might sound weird, but his sketches and observations are usually very clever and funny, I don't know why they are sometimes, but I love them. Apparently he trained to be a doctor before he became a comedian. You can buy your own Knitted Character from the original prop suppliers, or use this pattern to crochet your own. I'd quite like to see a motley gang of knitted characters made by fans, it could be a curious spectacle.

The Story of The Jelly with The Knitted Character.


SandDancer said...

I love the knitted character.

The Mummy's Bracelet said...

Yes, it's so endearing, I love it too. I'm not sure what the appeal is, but it's definitely there.