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Billy Bean And His Funny Machine

This was a programme on in the late 60s/70s about a puppet and his job looking after a machine. There was a cuckoo involved called Yoo-Hoo (voiced by Ivan Owen, who later provided the voice of the much-loved Basil Brush), which laid eggs from time to time and they came down a sort of shute system of the machine.

The song went something like this: "Billy Bean built a machine to see what it could do. He built it out of sticks and stones, and nuts and bolts and glue. The motor ran, chuttle-a-bang, ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-torator, And all of a sudden a picture appeared on the funny old cartoonerator".

I have only ever met one person who remembered it and that was almost 50 years after its viewing. till she explained what she remembered, I thought I must have dreamt watching it!.


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Do You Remember Billy Bean And His Funny Machine?

Do You Remember Billy Bean And His Funny Machine?

  • Anonymous user
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    It was broadcast in 1954, not 60s/70s.
  • Anonymous user
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    Yes I do remember the show, now I can show people what is was as they used to think I made it up. Thank you
  • Anonymous user
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    I remember the song and once I saw an egg roll down the ramp. One of my oldest tv memories. The programme was on tv early to mid fifties.
  • Anonymous user
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    I remember Billy Bean. My Grandparents ran the Bell Inn in Chichester and had a TV set for the Coronation. I remember the grainy images and the first line of the song has stayed locked in my mind since then! We went to Malta with the Navy end of July 1953 so I must have seen the first programmes.
  • Anonymous user
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    We as children, never thought of the inventiveness and imagination of the backstage people who designed and built these fantasy machines, such as the one used by Billy Bean and other characters in children`s television at the time. They must have had a slightly off the wall humour, to do what they did.
  • Anonymous user
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    I remember watching it on my neighbour's tv in the 50s before we had one. I can remember the words of the song. My favourite feature was when YooHoo would lay an egg and it would roll down a succession of chutes. This made me want to construct a chutes-set with my Meccano set but it never quite worked.
  • Anonymous user
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    Do I remember it ? Yes I can and I still know the tune and the words to the song. My wife thinks I`m crackers and perhaps she`s right. I am after all, at an age where things start to droop just prior to crumbling away.
  • Anonymous user
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    We had our first TV like so many people in 1953, and who ever I have spoken to about Billy Bean they have never heard of the program. I am so glad someone else remembers. Does any also remember, Whirligig and Mr Turnip witch was introduced by Humphrey Lestocq. This on the BBC Childrens programmes around the same time. Do people remember a childrens Soap of that time called the Appleyards. Again no I have spoken to cannot remember either of these.
    • Anonymous user
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      Yes I also remember Billy Bean and his funny machine, Humphrey Lestock, Mr Turnip and Whirlygig and the Appleyards. I guess not many people remember because not so many people had TV's in those days. I remember ours was a floor standing one with a nine inch screen. When the coronation was on TV our neighbours came round to watch it. I also used to watch Muffin the Mule with Annette Mills, and my favourite was Hank and his horse Silver King and their antics with Big Chief Dirty Face, a cartoon cowboy and indian show.
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    I remember it too - I was about 3 years old and it was my introduction to TV - but as has been said, few people seem to remember it. Don't get me going on "Torchy" and "Four Feather Falls" - I must have been the only viewer in the UK. Nice to know others share the same memories.
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    I WOKE UP THIS MORNING AROUND 3.30AM WATCHING TELE IN BED ,IT JUST CAME INTO MY HEAD.ALL I GOOD GET WAS BILLY BEAN BUILT A MACHINE TO SEE WHAT IT WOULD DO.SO AS I CAME DOWN I GOOGLED IT TO FIND A FEW OTHER PEOPLE REMEMBER IT,SO GLAD IM NOT GOING OFF MY ROCKER YET AH AH .RUSSELL ENGLAND