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This is a very beautiful story, continued

By March 17, 2022Television, Writing
Robert Gillespie Actor and Rabbit

The puppet device worked a treat and Leo became something of a star in his own right, successfully illustrating the smash-hit cartoon strip Barney the Bionic Bulldog – and featuring in five series of Keep it in The Family. There would have been more but for “events”… Events (by the way) are what Prime Minister Harold Macmillan called the things that screw up your life when you’re handling the nation’s affairs smoothly and brilliantly – some ambitious swine, or some natural disaster comes along and messes things up and you have to give up reading Trollope in the afternoons and attend to the national crisis. I write about the “events” which derailed Leo’s brilliant progress as a cartoonist in Are You going to do That Little Jump? The Adventure Continues. Available here.

By the end of the run of Keep it in The Family I’d got rather fond of Leo and so asked if I could keep him. I didn’t fancy him stuck for ever in a props cage in the bowels of a dusty store. Well, surprise, mild shock, when Brian held Leo to his bosom and said he was going home with himself, with Brian. So long Leo, I thought, it’s been a special time.

Robert Gillespie and Leo the Lion Keep It in the Family

All in Are You going to do That Little Jump? The Adventure Continues.


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