Alex Graham's pompish hound toddled
off the pages of "The Daily Mail"
and onto our screens in this fondly-recalled
adaptation from the
seventies. Our hero mutters and mumbles
his way through a series
of doggy misadventures whilst his human
owners look on aghast
and agog. They can only see the outcome of
his errors and mishaps,
but if they'd just listen
to him once in a while, it would all make perfect
sense. And as for his doggy pals, Fifi
and Jock - why - they have no
excuse. They really should know who's
in charge by now...
The world's best-loved basset hound first
appeared in print on 8th July
1963 in the pages of "The Daily Mail".
And this equally-popular series
arrived 13 years later. The adaptation was
shepherded on to our screens by
Bill Melendez, of "Charlie Brown"
fame. And just as with that Schulz classic,
the translation is pretty much faultless.
Each five minute toon plays out
just like a Graham strip. Fred emotes and
soliloquizes to camera, but
he's always just out of earshot of his human
counterparts. Lionel Jeffries
gives voice to the muttering star, and he's
the perfect match, swinging
adroitly between droll and chipper as each
Fred, Bill Melendez, producer Graham Spurway, and director
Dick Horn turned
their attentions to yet another popular news
2004, Alex Graham's daughter Arran announced plans to bring Fred
back to our screens
in an all-new series, although these things often take
time to come to fruition
and the show has not yet surfaced on our screens.
Still, we live in
Hound: August 2004
Fred's new series announced...
Basset (comic strip)
Basset on DVD/VHS
Fred's not yet available on DVD. But one
appeared on a video compilation:
Seventies TV Favourites - Vol. 1
2 VHS / Contender / February 1998
assoc prods: Tazio
Tami, Alec Deffis Whittaker
Hitchins and Nick Spargo
on the original "Daily Mail"
by Alex Graham
composed by Ian Samwell
by Max Middleton
prod man: Michael
Hibbert, Geoff Loynes,
Spargo, Janet Nunn
trace & paint: Olive
Scott, Marie Turner,
Vince, Carol Leith
backgrounds: Dean Spillie
co-ordinator: Tancy Baran