Bob The Builder was originally 'Bill with a moustache'

Published: Monday, April 27, 2009, 12:52 [IST]
 

London, Apr 27 (ANI): Kids' much-loved 'clean-shaved' cartoon character Bob the Builder was originally grumpy with a moustache and was named Bill.

On the occasion of completing 10 years on TV, Bob the Builder creator Keith Chapman released its early sketches, which he drew after spotting builders on his way to work.

"I saw a JCB digging up the road in Wimbledon and stood there and sketched it on my way to work. I sketched other machines, a dump truck, a crane, a cement mixer and a steam roller," the Telegraph quoted Chapman, as saying.

" I felt they needed a father figure and came up with Bob. But it was a toss up between Bill the Builder or Bob the Builder. And Bob won," he added.

Meanwhile, Bob the Builder is set to star in his first film and the show will see new characters Dicky Olivier, a local theatre manager, museum director David Hockney, Brickbeard the Pirate and rookie digger Scratch making their screen debut.

The new feature titled 'Legend of the Golden Hammer' will be shown at Vue Cinmeas across the country in September with the new series shown on the BBC early 2010.

The Legend of the Golden Hammer sees Bob's friends Spud and Scrambler solving the mystery of the legendary Golden Hammer through a series of clues. (ANI)

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