BBC & Cuusoo

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I am always looking for patterns and trends. I can't help it. It is in the fiber of my deep code. Sometimes these trends mean something, sometimes they don't. Seeking these patterns I could not help but notice that with the huge influx of Doctor Who, and the success of Sherlock, that Cuusoo has a LOT of BBC related projects. What follows is a showcase of what can be found.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail: The Rabbit of Caerbannog by Rifirofi

This is probably my favorite BBC Invasion project. It is a crime that this project has yet to reach 1000 support!

Now, Rifirofi has limited the content to a single set, as is appropriate for Cuusoo, but Rifirofi has a whole theme for Monty Python waiting in the wings for LEGO and Monty Python fans.

LEGO Mr. Bean's Car by Alanboar

Rowan Atkinson is one of the great comedic actors of our time. Totally under appreciated in the US. Unfortunately there are no Black Adder projects but we do find Mr.Bean (which was not actually created for the BBC I have been corrected).

This set is a fun recreation of one of Mr.Bean's iconic sketches. Bonus - it meets one of the classic LEGO set "requirements", vehicle included!

 

FAB1 from Lady Penelope from The Thunderbirds by Fatfred

Although I am a huge fan of animation, and have a few friends really into puppetry, I must admit that I am mostly unfamiliar with the Thunderbirds.

I am however intrigued by the wide variety of vehicles they have on Cuusoo. As they are re-launching the series in 2015, I assume we will be seeing a lot more Thunderbirds projects in the future.

 

Top Gear Amphibious Cars Challenge by Shawry

This is a pretty clever LEGO tie-in. Kids (and adults) are always making crazy cars out of LEGO... so how about some actual crazy cars made of LEGO.

 

LEGO Architecture - BBC Television Centre by Dansquier

This one is so on the nose I had to include it! An article about the BBC project on Cuusoo including a LEGO version of the BBC Television Centre!

I really like the design of this building, very engaging. Dansquier did a fantastic job recreating some fascinating geometries.

 

So, where is the Red Dwarf?

15 comments on this article

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By in Australia,

One more vote for the Holy Grail submission now. Also just waiting for a half decent Red Dwarf project so I can click "Support". Thanks for bringing these to our attention.

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By in United States,

Well I guess it's my own fault for not submitting my Monty Python ideas. I suppose I was just to lazy and this guy beat me to it. I hope this guy succeeds though, I would love to see some Holy Grail sets in the future.

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By in United Kingdom,

Mr. Bean seems like the odd one out, considering the article's title - it aired on ITV, a competing TV station. Good selection and writeup though, and yes we need Red Dwarf sets to vote on!

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By in United States,

@Gnac,

Being an American I tied to double check everything before posting. My error appears to be that Mr. Bean has aired on BBC (at least BBC kids) though not produced by it.

Also I must confess that I have seen his works cataloged as BBC Comedy.

Thank you for breaking the cycle of ignorance!

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By in United Kingdom,

I've done a Red Dwarf MOC but following a disheartening Cuusoo experience with a Planet Express ship I didn't think there was any point trying the Red Dwarf. The email rejecting the Futurama ptoject stated the project was not deemed appropriate for children, something which any Red Dwarf project would suffer from. If I'm allowed to post a link to Flickr, the Dwarf can be seen here along with an out of scale Starbug; https://www.flickr.com/photos/11599102@N03/9679635565/ (apologies if off site linking is not allowed).

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By in United Kingdom,

Sorry to be pedantic but Monty Python and the Holy Grail was a made by the Python's own studio and distributed by EMI. There was no BBC involvement. Also Thunderbirds was produced for ATV, the forerunner of ITV so once again there was no BBC involvement.

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By in United Kingdom,

Perhaps British Television & Cuusoo would be a more suitable title?

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By in Belgium,

Monty Python and the Flying Circus is famously a BBC project. The films may have been produced separately but they wouldn't have happened when they did, perhaps at all, without the BBC's blessing - they were filmed between the TV series. Monty Python itself might not have happened were it not for Do Not Adjust Your Set, a loosely similar pre-cursor on ITV that was aimed at kids. This earlier version involved David Jason of Del Boy fame, and in his autobiography he admits to being a bit miffed that Idle, Jones and Palin left him behind when they made the step up.

The BBC did show repeats of Thunderbirds and adapted the original TV series for radio broadcast, so it's not true to say they had no involvement. Thunderbirds was really badly treated by ITV. They failed to give it enough backing to allow Anderson to finish the second series, and though there were occasional attempts to re-boot the franchise over the years, ITV failed to give Anderson the green light for a modern re-make, and only agreed to do so after he died. I can't help but wonder how much better a job the BBC would have made of it.

I love the BBC though. I know it's not fashionable these days but I dread the day when the licence fee is scrapped. I could list my favourite 200 British TV shows and only about 10 of them would have had anything at all to do with ITV. But for a handful of glittering successes, commercial television in the UK has failed spectacularly.

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By in Australia,

Mr Bean is the only decent idea here. The Monty Python thing is just a bunch of minifigures from the castle/kingdoms theme and the rest of the ideas are grotesque.

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By in United States,

Although it doesn't air on bbc, I once saw a duck dynasty project. It probably wont go very far, but I thought it was pretty cool anyway.

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By in United States,

"We can't risk another frontal assault, that rabbit's dynamite!"

(I don't think I can quote the entire movie from memory anymore, but it's still one of my favorites!)

For the Mr. Bean car: would more people support it if the set included the tank, and alternate instructions for a "flattened" car? Such a sad moment in a brilliant series...

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By in United States,

@Prlee

Sorry to be pedantic as well but please note I said "related" not produced by. Aleydita does an excellent job of showing the interconnects.

Here is the note on the Thunderbird radio broadcasts from Wikipedia:

In November 1990, Thunderbirds re-surfaced as a radio drama mini-series, based on eight of the 16 episode soundtrack adaptations released by APF Records and transmitted on BBC Radio 5.[204] Instalments were introduced by Gerry Anderson, with additional voice-over contributions by Rimmer.[204] It was not the series' radio debut: in 1987, Rimmer, Matt Zimmerman and David Graham had returned as the voices of Scott and Alan Tracy and Parker for a BBC Radio 2 comedy segment in support of Children in Need.[206] The success of the radio series prompted the BBC to acquire the rights to the original TV episodes from PolyGram, and from 20 September 1991, Thunderbirds was networked (broadcast simultaneously to all regions) on BBC 2.[205][207]

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By in United States,

@KnightOfNi
Your Red Dwarf and Planet Express MOCs are great. I'd be much more into buying Futurama sets rather than The Simpsons. Funnily enough, just last night I discovered that in a couple of grab bags I'd got hold of, I have 15 of the big curved pieces that you use for the nose of the Planet Express ship, and in the same weird dull green colour. I'd been wondering what I could possibly use that piece in that colour for, but now I know. The only slight drawback is that all 15 of them are THE LEFT HAND SIDE!!!! So all I need to do now is track down 15 of the right hand side and I should be good to go for a fleet of your ships :)

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By in United States,

I'm a little confused at how Futurama would be considered too adult of content for kids, while The a Simpsons is not? They are virtually the same in that regard?

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By in United Kingdom,

This a great list, regardless of whether they're all strictly BBC or not.

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