Mr Benn

1971 | United Kingdom

Classic series of animated adventures about bowler-hatted Mr. Benn of 52 Festive Road, London, who visited a rather special costume shop where he was greeted by the owner who arrived 'as if by magic.' The shop keeper then allowed Mr. Benn to try on any costume in the changing room from which he would proceed through 'the door that always led to adventure', and emerge in the world that related to the outfit he was wearing. As a caveman, an astronaut, a pirate or a cowboy, Mr. Benn would always come to the aid of some poor unfortunate before the shopkeeper suddenly re-appeared to escort him back to the shop. 

Created by David McKee and narrated by Ray Brooks, only 13 episodes were ever made, but the series has been repeated every year since it's original transmission, making it a firm children's favourite over several generations.

Published on January 8th, 2019. Written by Laurence Marcus for Television Heaven.