Friday, January 08, 2021

celebrity lookeylikey of the day

One thing you notice if you spend a significant amount of time in the company of CBeebies, as I do, is that there are people who seem to be in everything. Justin Fletcher is probably the most obvious example, but within the range of the programmes that my children watch Andy Day (someone who put in a previous appearance on this list) seems to be ubiquitous at the moment. There's Andy & The Band, there's Andy's Dino Toybox, and then there is the seemingly endless number of variations on the theme of Andy's Wild Adventures, Andy's Dinosaur Adventures, Andy's Aquatic Adventures, and many more, most of which have a similar structure: benign but strangely incurious boss Mr. Hammond, tech-savvy sidekick Jen, and Andy himself, able to travel through time and space in his magical jeep, and, in some versions of the show, shrink to minute size at will.

That's all by the by, though, as my interest here is in Mr. Hammond. Obviously he's the boss so they wanted a dramatic heavyweight to play him, but who'd have thought they'd be able to wangle dear dear Kenny Branagh (himself a previous featuree on this list). 

Obviously it's not really Kenneth Branagh (it's Adam Astill, apparently), but the resemblance is striking: hair, face shape, stubble and the complete absence of any visible lips.

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