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Edd the Duck

Edd the Duck (originally Ed the Duck) is a puppet duck which appeared on the CBBC interstitial programme The Broom Cupboard alongside presenters Andy Crane and Andi Peters.[1] His movements were performed by Christina Mackay-Robinson, an assistant producer employed by the BBC.

Edd the Duck
Edd the duck.jpg
Portrayed by Christina Mackay-Robinson
Information
Species Duck
Gender Male

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HistoryEdit

He made his debut in late 1988, originally with a bald head until Mackay-Robinson added a green woollen mohawk, salvaged from an old Blue Peter 'Punk Teddy'. His co-star and enemy was Wilson the Butler, a character who was off screen apart from his arm visible to the viewers.

Subsequent appearancesEdit

Edd the Duck starred in a number of pantomimes and short films alongside actors including Bill Oddie and Gorden Kaye.[citation needed]

Edd made a guest appearance on the CBBC Channel on Easter Monday 2009 alongside Ed Petrie.[citation needed] In 2014 Edd made an appearance on Celebrity Juice The Big Reunion special which also included Andi Peters in the Broom Cupboard.[citation needed]

Edd the Duck released a single, "Awesome Dood!", in 1990.[2]

Edd was the official UK Olympic team mascot at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.[3]

Computer gameEdit

A game of Edd the Duck was released by Zeppelin Games on their full-price Impulze label and later re-released as a budget title by Zeppelin themselves. It was released in 1990 for the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC and Commodore 64[4] and in 1991 for the Amiga.[5] Its graphics and gameplay were inspired by the arcade game Rainbow Islands.[6][7] The game received mixed reviews, the ZX Spectrum version receiving good reviews including an 83% rating from Crash and Your Sinclair, while the Amiga version got very poor reviews, with Amiga Power calling it "one of the most primitive attempts at a platform game [they've] seen".[8] The ZX Spectrum version contained a bug which meant the game was impossible to complete: players had to collect 20 stars in each level to progress, but in level 7 there were only 19 stars.[9]

The sequel "Edd the Duck 2: Back with a Quack!" was released in 1992 on the Amiga.[10] It was even more poorly received than the first game, with one reviewer saying "I haven't seen a game this awful in a very long time" and that it "somehow manages to be even worse than the first Edd The Duck game".[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "An Unofficial History Of Children's BBC Presentation". Broom Cupboard. Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  2. ^ "EDD THE DUCK - AWESOME DOOD! - Terry's Picture Discs". Picture-disc.co.uk. 2009-01-18. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  3. ^ "BBC Archive - The CBBC Broom Cupboard - Edd the Duck". bbc.co.uk. 1991-05-02. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  4. ^ World of Spectrum listing for Edd the Duck: The Computer Game - http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekid.cgi?id=0001572
  5. ^ "Edd the Duck!". Lemon Amiga. 2005-02-09. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  6. ^ Crash Review: Issue 84, January 1991 - http://www.zxspectrumreviews.co.uk/Review.aspx?rid=9018&gid=1753 Archived 2015-10-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Your Sinclair Review - "it's very very similar to Rainbow Islands" - http://www.worldofspectrum.org/showmag.cgi?mag=YourSinclair/Issue62/Pages/YourSinclair6200066.jpg
  8. ^ "AMR - Amiga Power review of Edd the Duck". Amr.abime.net. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  9. ^ Edd the Duck - Known Errors - http://www.worldofspectrum.org/knownerrors.cgi?id=0001572[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Edd the Duck 2: Back with a Quack!". Lemon Amiga. 2005-12-23. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  11. ^ "AMR - Amiga Power review of Edd the Duck 2: Back with a Quack". Amr.abime.net. Retrieved 2012-05-22.