Media - Giclée On Paper
Size - 27" x 28" framed
Edition - 200
Mr Benn’s adventures originally began in 1967 with the book ‘Mr Benn – Red Knight’, which was written and illustrated by David McKee. After it was published, the BBC commissioned McKee to create a series of adventures for television, and so thirteen fifteen-minute episodes were made; each episode was written and illustrated by McKee, and narrated by the warm and friendly tones of Ray Brooks. Using the magic costume shop, Mr Benn could become anyone - a spaceman, a balloonist, a wizard, or a cowboy, to name but a few - and each story saw him helping people and solving problems using just his wits and intelligence.
The television episodes were originally shown over two years in the ‘See-Saw’ slot on BBC2, and have since been repeated over sixty times! McKee went on to write another book, ‘123456789 Benn’ in 1970, and later adapted two of the television stories for publication (‘Hunter’ as ‘Big Game Benn’, and ‘Clown’ as ‘Big Top Benn’); two more were planned but never appeared, although ‘Spaceman’ and ‘Caveman’ were later published in 1993. Then, in 2001, McKee revisited the character for an all-new story entitled ‘Mr Benn - Gladiator’, which was then turned into a television episode and shown in 2005.
With rumours of a live-action film going into production sometime soon, starring Ben Kingsley as the shopkeeper, it looks like Mr Benn will continue to visit the costume shop for more of his fantastic adventures for many more years to come.
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