Fred Basset Coming to TV

Alex Graham’s internationally syndicated comic strip, Fred Basset, is making the leap to television more than 40 years after it first appeared in print. The animated series will be produced and distributed by VGI Ent. Ltd., an independent U.K. producer, distributor and licensor of children’s programming.

VGI Ent. will work closely with Graham’s daughter, Arran, who continues to be involved with the daily strip. "The crucial element of the series is to represent Fed’s sense of humor because that’s his trademark and what everyone recognizes," says VGI chairman Stephen Corner. "It is something we have embraced to ensure the series is faithful to Graham’s original work."

Fred Basset was first commissioned for The Daily Mail in 1963 and still graces the paper’s pages daily, reaching more than 16 million people a week in the U.K. alone. The strip has been syndicated in 20 counties including the U.S., South America, Australia, Africa and Germany.

Fred is a curious Basset Hound who has human qualities and provides witty commentary on daily life, both human and canine. The property joins VGI’s programming catalog, which includes the highly rated Sergeant Stripes on BBC, the 2D series Ebb and Flo on Channel 5 and the retro property Batfink on BBC.