Children's TV star Humpty looking for a new home

7:30am Saturday 17th May 2014

KNOWN for his bright purple hair and fetching checked trousers, Humpty was once one of the stars of children’s telly.

And now the iconic doll from Playschool is expected to fetch four figures at an auction in Oxford.

The 53cm-high egg-shaped toy will go under the hammer at Bonhams auction house in Kidlington on Tuesday as lot 27. The auction starts at 2pm.

Humpty is one of a number of original dolls made for the BBC show, which ran for more than 20 years from the mid-sixties.

Bonhams said the doll, valued at £1,200, was “an important member of the Playschool cast, taking part in almost every single episode and even receiving his very own fan mail.”

The show’s presenters, who included Johnny Ball and Floella Benjamin, shared the screen with a regular supporting cast of soft toys including Big Ted, Little Ted, Jemima and Hamble.

Rachel Gotch from Bonhams said: “There’s a lot of interest in him. It has struck a chord. My generation really do remember the Playschool programme.”

Connor Tremble murder: Blencowe convicted of carefully-planned killing

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

CONNOR Tremble’s family simply said “we have got justice” after Will Blencowe was convicted of the 17-year-old’s murder.

Connor Tremble murder: Fatal attack fuelled by jealousy over ex

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

JEALOUS Will Blencowe stabbed Connor Tremble 15 times when he found out he was dating his former girlfriend Aimee Harrison, the court heard.

Connor Tremble murder: I'm better off behind bars, killer told psychiatrist

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

MURDERER Will Blencowe told a psychiatrist in prison he was better off behind bars, the jury was told during the trial.

Connor Tremble murder: 'We finally believe that we have got justice for Connor'

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

THE mother of murdered teenager Connor Tremble said she has endured a “living nightmare” after his killer was convicted.

Connor Tremble murder: Mother gathers book of tributes to her son

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

CONNOR Tremble’s mother has gathered tributes to her son in a book she opened up at his funeral.

Oxford to lead hunt for Ebola virus cure

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

THE KEY to finding a vaccine to finally beat the killer Ebola virus could lie in Oxford.

Chilly challenge supports efforts to combat disease

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Friday 29th August 2014

TIPPING buckets of icy water over your head has never been of use for anything more than perhaps getting a cold.

Academic gives medieval music the Goldie touch

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Friday 29th August 2014

AN Oxford University academic and an electronic music artist with acting credits including James Bond and EastEnders may seem an unlikely musical collaboration.

UPDATE: Will Blencowe guilty of murdering Connor Tremble in Oxford house + family statement

Oxford Mail:

8:30pm Thursday 28th August 2014

WILL Blencowe has today been found guilty of murdering 17-year-old Connor Tremble.

Chemical leak in Ashbury near Faringdon leaves man in hospital

Oxford Mail: Fire engine Oxfordshire

8:31pm Thursday 28th August 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called after a hazardous chemical leaked as it was being delivered to a property in Ashbury, near Faringdon earlier today.

Ebola vaccine to be trialed in Oxford

Oxford Mail:

6:39pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THE key to a vaacine for the deadly Ebola virus could lie in Oxford.

LISTEN: Police and Tremble family statement after WIll Blencowe convicted of Connor murder

Oxford Mail:

5:53pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Connor Tremble's mother read a statement on behalf of her family and a poem dedicated to her murdered son.

WATCH: Will Blencowe interviewed by police in Connor Tremble murder case

Oxford Mail:

5:23pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Police have released a video of murderer Will Blencowe being interviewed over the death of 17-year-old Connor Tremble.

Max bids to build on West Brom experience

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

Oxford United goalkeeper Max Crocombe is aiming to build on the experience of facing West Bromwich Albion to make improvements in his game.

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