I cannot seem to make a link to the online article, so I will reprint it here:
October 7, 2000:
My TV: Basil Brush
It's been nearly 40 years since Britain's most loveable fox made his television debut in 1963. Back then, his cheeky volpine antics regularly attracted audiences of more than 13 million to his Saturday evening show - the sort of ratings that Greg Dyke can only dream about today.