the snot-tastic acerbic green alien from Drill landed on earth in
Summer of 1986. He was one of the co-presenters
of Tyne Tees' Saturday
morning kids show "Get Fresh". Gilbert
presented snot-infested sketches,
antics and escapades alongside his human pals
Gareth Jones (aka Gaz Topp)
and Charlotte Hindle, and his gabbled, gooey
ways made him an instant hit
with kids big and small. His stream of nonsense
was as relentless as the
trails of green snot which spilled from his
big red nose.
Gilbert was created and voiced by comedian Phil
Cornwell, who is currently
starring in the top BBC series "Dead Ringers.
In a BBC
online interview a wee
while back, he had this to say about his big
"Very very fond memories
of Gilbert. It was a break for me in
my career, in a way, and
it enabled me to play to my strengths,
which was improvisation. And
I was basically given carte blanche
and I was told I could say what
I liked - I made it up as I went
along. I have very fond memories
of having a go at popstars
of the day and trying my best
to puncture a few egos.
Somebody should have punctured
and Phil look vaguely alike, if you squint a bit!
After "Get Fresh", young Gilbert was
given two further bites of the celebrity cherry
in the form of "Gilbert's Fridge" - which
co-starred Charlotte Hindle again - and
a little-seen late-night chat show for Tyne
Tees called "Gilbert's Late". In 1994
he was dusted down one last time for a BBC
afternoon special celebrating the
25th anniversary of the moon landing. And in an
eerie bookend to his earthbound
career, the production was hosted by his old
pal Gaz Topp.
the hand of puppeteer John Eccleston somewhere in Gilbert's nether
regions. John also
helped bring those tricksy Leprechauns
to our screens,
amongst many others.
should keep their eyes open for copies of the short-lived "Gilbert's
Fridge" comic, and
a tie-in book entitled "Gilbertís Guide to Life".
Paul Morris writes
about "Get Fresh", Gaz Top
and Gilbert here...
You can "Get Fresh"again
with Gaz and
Gilbert here too...
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