Movie and opera about bowler-hatted fancy dress fan under consideration amid renewed interest in 70s children’s TV series
He was a very ordinary man who could do extraordinary things, whether flying into space, taming a pirate, defending a dragon or, in a story rejected by the BBC, playing his part in postwar prison reform by helping to wallpaper dreary jail cells. And now, at 50, he may even be on the cusp of movie stardom.
Mr Benn reaches his half century this year and will be celebrated in an exhibition showing, for the first time, original film cells from the fondly remembered BBC children’s series. Coming after that will be a range of upmarket pocket handkerchiefs and the possibility of a Mr Benn opera and a live action movie.