Michael Bentine’s Potty Time
Michael Bentine’s Potty Time was a long-running British children’s show, starring Michael Bentine, and directed and produced by Leon Thau for Thames Television on ITV. It ran from 1973 to 1980. The episodes consisted largely of distinctive, bearded puppets, comically re-enacting famous historical situations. The Potties’ faces were always obscured by facial hair, with only their noses protruding. They were operated from beneath and had two distinct sizes – approximately two feet and one foot tall. All of the Potty characters were designed by Bentine, who also provided all of their voices. Their operators were from The Barry Smith Theatre of Puppets.