Orville the Duck Plush Toy – Keith Harris

Orville the Duck Plush Toy – Keith Harris


Orville the Duck Plush Toy – Keith Harris, Tebro, 1984, 30cm, Rare.

Condition: Unboxed, Good.


Categories: SKU: G393


Orville the Duck was the most famous puppet often used by the ventriloquist Keith Harris (1947–2015) and was named after Orville Wright (one of the Wright Brothers).

Orville appeared on BBC television from 1982 to 1990 on The Keith Harris Show, which featured assorted puppets such as Orville the Duck and Cuddles the Monkey. At the peak of their popularity in December 1982, Harris and Orville released the single “Orville’s Song”, reaching number 4 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1983 and selling over 400,000 copies in total.

After The Keith Harris Show ended in 1990, Harris took up work for Butlins holiday resorts.

Orville and Harris had a short appearance on the sketch comedy series Little Britain as themselves in a group of entertainers waiting to meet the royal family. In another episode, Orville was portrayed as an out-of-work actor shopping at a supermarket, played by Matt Lucas, dressed as an oversized version of Orville, and had a regularly pitched voice. Harris and Orville also made an appearance on Channel Four’s Banzai.

In 2005, both Harris and Orville appeared in the Channel 5 reality TV show, The Farm and went on to win it. They also appeared in the video for Tony Christie’s “Is This the Way to Amarillo”, which was re-released in that year. In May 2009, they made a cameo appearance on the BBC drama Ashes to Ashes, set in November 1982.


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