Rod Hull and Emu, the often naughty, with very bad manners bird! The bird whom attacked Michael Parkinson, causing our Parky to fall of his chair! Witnessed by funny man Billy Connolly, who stated, If that bird comes near me I will break its neck, and your [emailprotected]#dy arm! Emu calmed down some what after being told off by Billy!
Rod Hull and Emu, were regularly on the TV throughout the 1980s. In 1981 on ITV, the show, Emus World, was broadcast. By Central Independent Television, and made at the then, East Midlands Television Centre, in Nottingham.
A very popular feature of the show was the all singing, all dancing, Pink Windmill Kids. Who also protected Emu from the sinister Grotbags. The children were pupils at the Corona Theatre School, in West London.
The Corona Theatre School, has quite an impressive list of ex pupils, to name but a few, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Mark Lester, Patsy Kensit, Nicola Stapleton, Dennis Waterman, Ray Winstone. Susan George, Judy Geeson, Michelle Dotrice, and Lisa Vanderpump.
The former Pink Windmill kids got back together in 2017, well nine of the ten, to do a performance of Cant Stop The Music one of their most memorable singing and dancing routines, for Comic Relief. They smashed it!
The success of Emus World led to the series being expanded in mid 1984, from a twenty minute show to a forty two minute show. With a new name, Emus All Live Pink Windmill Show. Which now also featured games, phone calls, a studio audience. The talented Pink Windmill Kids, were still singing and dancing, and having tonnes of fun! On the first live episode the kids all introduce themselves before going straight into that famous Cant Stop The Music routine.
An uplifting, highlight, on Friday evenings, to kick start your weekend. It was very popular. Emu though aggressive, rude, no manners, snappy, impolite, children loved him! His humour made us eighties kids laugh our heads off.
Emu was such a highlight of eighties childrens TV! With Rod Hull, ever the entertainer, though its been said that often Rod felt limited with the work offers he got, as it always involved Emu too! They were a pair!
Children's sketch show with Rod Hull and Emu, based in Emu's own TV studio (EBC1).Children's sketch show with Rod Hull and Emu, based in Emu's own TV studio (EBC1).Children's sketch show with Rod Hull and Emu, based in Emu's own TV studio (EBC1).
A children's cartoon version of the adventures of real life children's TV entertainer Rod Hull and his maniac pet emu. Most of the stories revolve around the duo's battles with the witch Gro... Read allA children's cartoon version of the adventures of real life children's TV entertainer Rod Hull and his maniac pet emu. Most of the stories revolve around the duo's battles with the witch Grotbags, her crocodile and her robot.A children's cartoon version of the adventures of real life children's TV entertainer Rod Hull and his maniac pet emu. Most of the stories revolve around the duo's battles with the witch Grotbags, her crocodile and her robot.
During the 1970s and 80s Rod Hull was a top ranking star of British showbiz, the darling of the chat show circuit and a multi-millionaire. His slapstick routine with an over-sized glove puppet made of raffia was an unlikely success that took him to Hollywood and back. But when he died he was worth less than 2,000.
In February 1999 Rod Hull was booked for what would turn out to be his last gig. The man who once pulled in television audiences of 11 million was paid just 500 to perform at a 30th birthday bash in a London bar. Rods declining years were spent eking out a living, surviving on a meagre income from occasional bookings with a sidekick that hed come to hate. One month later he was dead, killed in a bizarre accident that put him back in the headlines for the very last time.
Rods first TV success came in Australia, even appearing in Skippy in the 1960s. Around this time, Rod found Emu, a discarded puppet, in the props cupboard at Channel 9. The discovery changed Rods life forever and led him back to England. By the early 1970s Rod was signed to one of Londons leading showbiz agents and was a sought-after TV regular. 18 million viewers saw him perform in front of the Queen Mother at the 1972 Royal Variety Performance, and he became one of the most recognisable faces in TV. His brand of anti-establishment anarchy made him headline news.
The BBC gave him his own childrens TV series, but his newfound celebrity came at a price. Emu brought Rod huge success in childrens TV, but as a mainstream act he was all too aware that he was seen as the straight man behind the anarchic bird. Rod enjoyed a love-hate relationship with the puppet, increasingly seeing the emu as an albatross. His famous 1976 appearance on Parkinson bound the two together more closely than ever.
By the mid 1980s Rod was making big money through television, merchandising and adverts. He even made it on to the highest-rating talk show in the world, The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Rod was invited to Kensington Palace to make a private appearance at Prince Williams fourth birthday party. But stardom gave Rod an inflated sense of self-importance. He longed to be taken seriously, to be thought of as more than the man behind the emu.
In 1988 with Rods expenditure at an all-time high, ITV executives axed his show. It was a financial disaster and the recession hit him particularly hard. By the early 1990s Rod Hull had not been on TV for three years. He worked long hours for low pay on the variety circuit in an attempt to pay off his huge debts. On the 8th September 1994, Rod was officially declared bankrupt and his magnificent Elizabethan mansion repossessed. Worse was to follow when he parted from his second wife. In a few short months Rod had lost his home and his family, he was left in England with Emu, the one thing he didnt want to hold on to.
He moved to a small cottage on the Kent/Sussex border, where he could just about afford the 20 a week rent. His new lifestyle was simple and self-sufficient, but he still had to work and survive, and this meant unpacking the hated Emu and heading back on the road.
Rod died after falling from the roof of his house trying to adjust the aerial to get a better signal for a Manchester United game. When he was buried in small graveyard in the middle of his favourite golf course, a large number of mystery mourners women attended the funeral. Rod Hull managed to squeeze a 25-year career out of his brilliant 10-minute act, and though he came to hate Emu, the mischievous pairs antics were loved by millions. And if people sometimes forgot that he was the talent behind the bird, he still enjoyed a privileged and successful life. In the end, the price he had to pay was to live in the shadow of a puppet called Emu.