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Brighton's Bodger and Badger return to fight the cull

The Argus: Brighton's Bodger and Badger return to fight the cull Brighton's Bodger and Badger return to fight the cull

Kids’ TV favourites Bodger And Badger are to return for a one-off special in opposition to the badger cull.

The iconic BBC series from the 1990s featured the madcap antics of mashed potato-loving Badger.

Show creator, Brighton-based Andy Cunningham, better known as Bodger, has made a YouTube episode where Badger becomes unwittingly involved in the controversial cull.

Andy said: “For a long time Badger and I didn’t think the cull would really happen. The idea of people roaming around at night shooting at, and whatever they say, very likely wounding badgers, just seemed too barbaric to be true.

“But when we heard this cull was really going to go ahead, Badger and I thought we ought to do something, because the case for culling just doesn’t add up.”

Culling has been licensed for a six-week period in the six months from June 1. Some 5,000 badgers are set to be killed in two pilot culls in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset.

When Andy contacted Horsham-based animal charity Care for the Wild the idea for a new Bodger and Badger special was hatched.

Andy said: “The idea is that while Badger and I are having a holiday in Somerset, Badger gets an invitation from the British Government to take part in a local all-night shooting adventure, which we assume must mean paintballing.

“Badger decides to use something else, and I’ll give you a clue...it’s not mashed banana.”

Philip Mansbridge, chief executive of Sussex-based Care For The Wild, said: “The episode is typical Bodger and Badger with all the slapstick you’d expect, but the satirical edge to the comedy is very strong.”

To watch the video and find out more about the campaign against culling visit www.careforthewild.com/badger.

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3:29pm Wed 21 Aug 13

Cinnamon Carter says...

YES!... Although he was killed off in the last of the series..They made a film... Mark Kermode in his review for the BBC said that Never Far Away was amongst 'one of the most hateful movies I've ever had the displeasure of seeing'.
YES!... Although he was killed off in the last of the series..They made a film... Mark Kermode in his review for the BBC said that Never Far Away was amongst 'one of the most hateful movies I've ever had the displeasure of seeing'. Cinnamon Carter
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1:36pm Thu 22 Aug 13

Hooitness says...

This coming from a bloke that feeds badgers mash potatos? He's sick! Sick I tells ya!
This coming from a bloke that feeds badgers mash potatos? He's sick! Sick I tells ya! Hooitness
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