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Telly goes puppet crazy

Every so often, a number of seemingly unrelated programmes on different networks throw up unintentional seasons with a common theme. Only a couple of weeks ago, I noted how programmes celebrating involvement in theatre came along on BBC2 and Five recently.

This time, the common theme seems to be puppets. On top of Mongrels (video below), which continues with its second episode tonight on BBC3, last night’s Big Brother saw all the housemates given the task of talking through their lookalike puppets. It was one of those classic tasks that make the most mundane of behaviour look so ridiculously hilarious that even John-James seemed less annoying.

And ITV got in on the act yesterday too, with a visit from Sesame Street’s Elmo. If the interview wasn’t entertaining enough, there’s also some behind the scenes footage. A three-and-a-half year old who refers to himself in the third person shouldn’t be funny, but there’s something about Elmo that just makes me smile.

Incidentally, for grown ups who haven’t really grown up, West End show Avenue Q celebrated its fourth anniversary yesterday as well. If you haven’t seen it before, or it’s been a while, pop down the Avenue — current leads Paul Spicer and Cassidy Janson are well worth catching.

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