A much-loved children’s television character from the late 1960s and early '70s has arrived at the NFSA.
Fredd Bear, star of The Magic Circle Club, Fredd Bear’s Breakfast A-Go-Go and The Fredd Bear Show, now has a new home.
Donated by Network TEN in Melbourne, the famous costume worn by Fredd’s creator Tedd Dunn has arrived at the NFSA for conservation treatment and storage.
Fredd Bear, a lively non-speaking bear character performed by Tedd Dunn, was first seen on the ATV Channel 0 (now ATV-10) children's television show The Magic Circle Club (1965–67).
From 1969 to 1972, Fredd reappeared on ATV 0 as co-host of Fredd Bear's Breakfast A-Go-Go alongside Judy Banks. The show was a mix of cartoons, music clips, news and general entertainment for children and was broadcast five days a week.
Unfortunately, the video tape of each show was reused the following day. Consequently there is almost no existing record of the program, and what does exist is mostly of poor quality.
The following footage contains snapshots from the show that give you a good idea of its format and tone: