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 byChristina Mackay-Robinson
In-universe information
SpeciesDuck
GenderMale

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..

Edd the Duck released a single, "Awesome Dood!", in 1990.[2] Edd served as the official UK Olympic team mascot at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.[3]

Edd the Duck has 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]

In 2015, Edd along with Andi Peters appeared on Hacker's Birthday Bash to mark 30 years of CBBC.

Video gamesEdit

An Edd the Duck game 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]

A Game Boy game was developed by Beam Software but never released. An altered version of their game Baby T-Rex, the game was pulled from distribution just before release when the BBC revoked the license but not before it received a negative review in Game Zone magazine.[12] Decades later a ROM of the game was leaked onto the internet as part of the 2020 Nintendo data leak.[13]

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 - [1]
  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.
  12. ^ Mansfield, Dylan (February 24, 2019). "Baby T-Rex: The Game Revised 10 Times". Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  13. ^ Klepeck, Patrick (September 11, 2020). "Nintendo's Secrets Are Continuing to Leak, Revealing Its Unknown History". Retrieved December 23, 2020.