June 5, 1965: Hector’s House

Hector's_House-1965Hector’s House (originally La Maison de Toutou – “The House of the Doggie”) is a children’s television series using hand puppets. Like the better-known The Magic Roundabout it was a French production revoiced for a British audience. A gentle series, it was first broadcast on BBC 1 in 1965. In the French version, Hector is known as Toutou and Zsazsa is known as ZouZou.

The main characters, affable Hector the Dog and cute Zsazsa the Cat, live in a house and TV-UK-06-05-1965beautiful garden. Kiki the Frog, dressed in a pink smock, is a constant and at times an intrusive visitor, through her hole in the wall. Despite Hector’s willingness to endlessly help them out, Kiki and Zsazsa often played tricks on him to teach him a lesson, leading him to say his catchphrase at the end of the episode, “I’m a Great Big [whatever he was] Old Hector.

Watch an episode on HectorsHouseOfficial YouTube Channel.

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