You ask the questions (Such as: Basil Brush, do you dance as well as Flat Eric?)

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Basil Brush first appeared on BBC1 in 1964 on a children's show called The Three Scampis. Ivan Owen provided the voice and actions. After regular appearances on magician David Nixon's children's show, Now For Nixon, they were given their own programme, The Basil Brush Show, in 1968. The witty, rebellious fox with the "Boom Boom" catchphrase became an institution. The most popular of his various sidekicks was Mr Derek, alias Derek Fowlds, who went on to play Bernard in Yes Minister and still appears on TV today in Heartbeat. Earlier this year, Basil was granted a life-time achievement award by Loaded magazine. Now Basil is due to make a comeback as the star of his own sitcom, Foxed, to be televised early next year.

Basil Brush first appeared on BBC1 in 1964 on a children's show called The Three Scampis. Ivan Owen provided the voice and actions. After regular appearances on magician David Nixon's children's show, Now For Nixon, they were given their own programme, The Basil Brush Show, in 1968. The witty, rebellious fox with the "Boom Boom" catchphrase became an institution. The most popular of his various sidekicks was Mr Derek, alias Derek Fowlds, who went on to play Bernard in Yes Minister and still appears on TV today in Heartbeat. Earlier this year, Basil was granted a life-time achievement award by Loaded magazine. Now Basil is due to make a comeback as the star of his own sitcom, Foxed, to be televised early next year.

What have you been doing for the past 20 years? Cathy Ridley, by e-mail Well I spent some time in Hollywood as a movie director. I expect you've heard of some of my films - Pulp Vixen, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Basils, Verminator 2..

Kylie Minogue made a great comeback. Do you see yourself as the Kylie of Seventies children's telly? P Travis, by e-mail Most certainly. I've always wanted to do a duet with Kylie but unfortunately I'm taller than her.

Who's your stylist? Did you have anything to do with the recent resurgence of tweed? Basil Rathbone. When you're an icon you can't help but influence fashion.

Is your father a Canon? Kate Myerson, Cardiff Yes, but he got fired. (Boom! Boom!)

What is the secret of keeping your fur looking so lush? Elaine Evans, by e-mail I swear by Lenor combined with spin-cycle seven.

Do you ever wonder why you weren't offered a role in Yes, Minister along with Mr Derek? S Pearman, London There are quite enough puppets in Whitehall as it is.

Do you think that the Bank of England is right to keep interest rates on hold? Ben Daly, by e-mail Given the strength of sterling, growth in productivity, pressures on inflation from wage rises and the continual fall in unemployment - I'd have to say I haven't got a clue.

Do you know Flat Eric? And can you dance as well as him? L Mears, London I find him a rather two-dimensional character. When it comes to dancing, I prefer the foxtrot.

Who'd be your ideal foxy lady? Leigh Sinclair, Kent Unfair to say, but I'd like to scotch any rumours over Liz Hurley and I.

How did you feel when Tony Blackburn developed blood poisoning after you bit him? Nicholas E Gough, Swindon Relieved, after tests showed I didn't catch anything.

What was your stand on the recent red hair debate? Pete Cowie, Bradford Prejudice is an ugly thing. We gingers really must stick together you know.

What do you think of the internet and will it affect your career? Suzi Lynch, by e-mail It's the bane of my life, some rotter mocked up a fake nude picture of me - my head stuck on Fozzie Bear's body. The cheek of it!

Are you a fan of the Teletubbies? Alan Reid, by e-mail I'm waiting for an invitation to join them - they need an orange one!

How did you celebrate New Year? Conrad Yates, Swansea A quiet night in. Me, a few dozen showbiz giants, close friends and a vintage Dandelion and Burdock.

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