Billy Bunter at 110

The Oldie - - READERS' LETTERS -

SIR: In his ru­mi­na­tions re­gard­ing his favourite TV se­ries of the 1950s, ‘Re­vive Billy Bunter? Fat chance’ (Septem­ber is­sue), Gyles Bran­dreth ap­peared to be un­aware that The Oldie had pre­vi­ously made a stren­u­ous ef­fort to stim­u­late the pop­u­lar­ity of ‘the Fat Owl of the Re­move’, who, as your colum­nist cor­rectly stated, is now al­most for­got­ten.

Ten years ago, the mag­a­zine cel­e­brated Bunter’s cen­te­nary with a two-page spread (March is­sue, 2008) writ­ten by me and given max­i­mum ex­po­sure by the then edi­tor mak­ing it the cover story (‘Cripes! Bunter is 100’), il­lus­trated by Bob Wil­son’s mag­nif­i­cent car­toon of the glut­tonous school­boy stuff­ing his face.

Billy Bunter of Greyfri­ars School was a com­edy clas­sic that was, as I ob­served a decade ago, un­der­pinned by the virtues of tol­er­ance, de­cency and loy­alty. Bill Hagerty, Lon­don SE1

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