18 Definitive Truths On Bernard Cribbins

1. Bernard Cribbins, OBE is an English character actor, voice-over artist and musical comedian with a career spanning over seventy years.

2. He came to prominence in films of the 1960s, and has been in work consistently since his professional debut in the mid-1950s.

3. Born in Derker, Oldham, Lancashire, Cribbins served an apprenticeship at the Oldham Repertory Theatre.

4. In 1947, he interrupted his apprenticeship to undertake national service with the Parachute Regiment in Aldershot

5. Cribbins made his first West End theatre appearance in 1956 at the Arts Theatre, playing the two Dromios in A Comedy of Errors, and co-starred in the first West End productions of Not Now Darling, There Goes the Bride and Run for Your Wife.

6. He also starred in the revue And Another Thing, and recorded a single of a song from the show titled “Folksong”.

7. “The Hole in the Ground” was about an annoyed workman who eventually buries a harasser.

8. “Right Said Fred” was about three workmen who struggle to move an unspecified heavy and awkward object into or out of a building. “Hole in the Ground” and “Right Said Fred” both reached the top ten in the UK Singles Chart .

9. His third and final single was “Gossip Calypso”, which was another top 30 hit.

10. Other appearances include the second Doctor Who film Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. .

11. He was the celebrity storyteller in more episodes of Jackanory than any other personality, with a total of 114 appearances between 1966 and 1991.

12. He also narrated the audio tape of the Antonia Barber book The Mousehole Cat.

13. In the 1960s, he provided the voice of the character Tufty in RoSPA road safety films.

14. He also provided the voice of Buzby, a talking cartoon bird that served as the mascot for the then Post Office.

15. Cribbins is also the voice of Harry Bailey, the landlord of the Tabard Inn described by Geoffrey Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales, at the Canterbury Tales Attraction in Kent, which he recorded in 1987.

16. Cribbins also had a short stint doing voiceovers for the Mark and Lard Show on BBC Radio 1 where he would explain made up folk traditions.

17. In 2015 Cribbins was among an ensemble cast in an audio production of The Jungle Book, in which he played the White Cobra.

18. These programmes concluded with Cribbins narrating a detective story as recurring character “Ivor Notion”, with a script usually by Johnny Ball but sometimes by Myles Rudge, the co-writer of his Top 10 singles.

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