Monday 26 February 2018

Rupert the Bear's secret boozy past is revealed

Popular children's TV character Rupert the Bear
Popular children's TV character Rupert the Bear

Anna Balmaine

The voice of the popular children’s television show ‘Rupert’ has opened up about the fact that having a “couple of pints” were a necessity before he could record a show.

Actor Ray Brooks has revealed his true opinion about the famous bear whose voice he narrated for three years, saying that it “was the worst thing I’ve ever done.” 

The soap star, who appeared in EastEnders and Coronation Street, narrated the popular children's bear between 1985 and 1988.

He was offered the chance to be a part of the show, following the success of the 1970's children's cartoon Mr Benn.

Ray told the Guardian that he had to have a couple of pints before the show in order to "numb my brain for his terrible rhymes" and referred to Rupert as a “stupid little character”. 

Although Rupert was a popular bear and had 36 BBC recorded episodes, Ray denied its fame and insisted that Mr. Benn has more of a lasting legacy.

He said “If you see an old Rupert book in a charity shop, you can be sure no kid has touched it”.

He added: “Grans say to me their grandchildren are fed up with today’s cartoons, but they love the simplicity of Mr. Benn, the fact that he’s very moral”.

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