Annette mills and muffin the mule
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We Want Muffin the Mule! Muffin The Mule with his sidekick Annette Mills. Muffin the Mule first trotted on to our screens in , although he was already 12 years old by that time. He had been made by a famous creator of Punch and Judy puppets, Fred Tickner, during the 's when the Hogarth Puppets were already involved in the experimental medium of television. Among the special theme presentations planned by the Hogarths was a circus sequence, in which a mule puppet was required. This puppet needed an appearance that would help develop a comedy emphasis, this probably being the reason for its head being made so especially large.
Muffin the Mule is a puppet character in British television programmes for children. The puppet had been made in for Hogarth Puppets. Mills and the puppet continued with programmes that were broadcast until , when Mills died. The series then transferred to ITV in and The original mule puppet was created in by Punch and Judy puppet maker Fred Tickner for husband-and-wife puppeteers Jan Bussell and Ann Hogarth to form part of a puppet circus for the Hogarth Puppet Theatre.
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Songs and stories for young children, with Annette Mills at the piano, joined by Muffin and his other puppet friends. Annette Mills , older sister of actor Sir John Mills , was a promising dancer whose career was ended by a broken leg. Following a further injury in a serious car accident during the War, she joined the BBC in , telling stories and singing songs for children. Noticing one day how the top of her grand piano resembled a stage, she hit upon the idea of populating it with the characters in her stories. Among Bussell 's huge store of puppets, Mills found an underused clown and circus mule made by Fred Tickner. Mills and Hogarth felt non-speaking animal characters better stimulated young imaginations, and Crumpet was soon dropped. Also popular were the kittens Prudence and Primrose.
Annette Mills — 10 January was an English actress , dancer and broadcaster. She had intended to be a concert pianist and organist, before she became a dancer, subsequently becoming an international exhibition dancer. However, she was forced to retire from professional dancing after breaking a leg. Instead, she turned her hand to songwriting and penned the two popular tunes "Boomps-a-Daisy" and "Home, Sweet Home Again", among others. Some time later, Mills returned to the work of cabaret and revues, and it was while she was on her way to entertain the troops during the Second World War that she was involved in a serious car accident, which left her hospitalised for the next three years. Mills is best remembered for being the partner of the puppet "Muffin", in the successful BBC Television children's series Muffin the Mule between and