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Three fabulous installations appear in London overnight

Pic courtesy of: Joe Pepler/PinPep, Sky Kids

If you thought you saw a three-metre tall ‘Morph’ of Tony Hart fame this morning, your eyes weren’t deceiving you.

The beloved squawking’ 70’s character could be seen by commuters on Tower Bridge today, while those on Southbank were treated to a rather large illuminated ‘Miffy’.

In Shoreditch, workers were trying to work out where Wally was in the most randomly huge puzzle.

Sky Kids was behind the plans, to celebrate the launch of its 24-hour channel for youngster sunder seven.

Most loved characters

The broadcaster also conducted a survey of 2,000 adults which found Morph was third most loved British children’s TV characters. He narrowly missed out on top spot to Basil Brush and gold place, Sooty and Sweep.

Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear also made the top five.

Blasts from the past

When thinking about their favourite characters, 55 per cent said they fell in love with these characters as they made them laugh, and 46 per cent felt they were always there to boost their mood.

Many of those surveyed owned t-shirts (39 per cent), action figures (38 per cent) and lunchboxes (37 per cent) based on them as kids.

Passing on through families

In fact, of those polled who have kids, 57 per cent have shown their little ones episodes with their characters – and 54 per cent said their children enjoyed it.

A Sky Kids spokesperson said: “What better way to mark the occasion than by bringing some of the most iconic characters to life.

“We know when you fall in love with a show when you’re little, it quickly becomes part of everyday family life.

 “We’re excited to have shows that span important themes including emotional resilience, positive well-being, saving the planet and so much more

“It will provide children and families alike with content that both inspires and entertains at all times of the day – as well as introducing new faces that will soon be loved just as much.”

Top 10 British childhood characters

  • Sooty and Sweep
  • Basil Brush
  • Morph
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Paddington Bear
  • The Wombles
  • Bagpuss
  • Wallace and Gromit
  • The Clangers
  • Thomas the Tank Engine


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