A true BOTF introducing ‘Franklin Fox’!


Dale with Franklin FoxYes, dear reader, the long teasing wait is over and I can exclusively announce that the Charlie Bear's homage to a certain silver-haired presenter will be shown to the great Q public a little after midnight this coming Sunday into Monday.

I know most of you guessed correctly that it is indeed a cuddly black and grey-toned plush fox complete with a stunning white tipped brush!He has been named by Charlie and William as 'Franklin Fox'.

Whilst I was off last week I received an email from Paul, our presenter performance manager, announcing that 'Franklin' was awaiting my presence in my dressing room. I replied,"is it a good likeness?" He then replied, and I quote, "he's smooth, he's sexy, he's devilishly handsome…"

So NO, not really!!

I replied in a rapier-like, if not totally childish fashion, pointing out that, "at least I hadn't had a foul mouthed alien named after me!!" Paul applauded my riposte.

This is one small example of why the Q is a great place to work, everyone is far more busy than they've ever been before, but that underlying sense of humour and goodwill still prevails – I'd better stop – I'm getting watery-eyed! But it's true.

Toby meets Franklin FoxSo the fox is out of the bag, as you can see a very dirty Toby wasn't quite sure what to make of him, but I hope Charlie Bears collectors will love 'Franklin'. Charlie and William have made a wonderful job of creating him.

For the collectors among you he stands 16" (40.6cm) high, has large endearing brown eyes, and black hand-stitched nose and mouth. Pronounced snout (my request) with long black whiskers, pointy ears tipped with hints of brown, long fluffy brush with cream tips and brown paw pads. He also has a brown faux suede collar adorned with 5 metal bells. Like the original, he's 5 times jointed! And also like the original he's part pellet-filled and can pose standing!!!

Charlie Bears Four Seasons Collectable BearsBefore we unveil 'FF' we'll be launching a wonderful Today's Special Value Four Seasons limited edition auto delivery opportunity. All will be explained on the night. In short, Charlie and William have designed a series of four bears (for all seasons) named after their favourite foods from that season.

So on Sunday/Monday we'll be offering 'Hot Cross Bun', a lovely limited edition panda-style bear, but if you sign up to the auto delivery plan, in May you'll receive 'Ice Lolly', in August 'Toffee Apple' and in November 'Porridge', and be charged only the TSV price plus P&P every time !

So please join us on Sunday night, and why not call in or text us?

Dale x


  1. diki February 24, 2012 at 11:28 pm -  Reply

    Help! i wonder if you can ask viewers how and where other charlie bear fans display their bears? I think i need a third book case- and my husband has a problem finding an available chair to sit on. But there’s always room for one more bear! (and their friends ….. and The Fox!

  2. Marian Bolton February 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    One word Dale, (which I know is soooooooooooo unlike me), ………….TWINS!! Well, it seems appropriate, and I thought the film theme might bring Gail out to play. I hope she comes out soon cos I’m missing her loads.
    You look well chuffed with yourself, and why wouldn’t you be! ‘Franklin Fox’ is a great name but, I have to be honest, I’m not sure about his black bits! I’ll let you know when I’ve seen him ‘in the flesh’ though. Can’t see me staying up till midnight though gorgeous (as exciting as it is) as I’ve got a ‘full on’ day at work tomorrow. Speaking of which, I imagine The Q is indeed a great place to work. Let me know if a vacancy for a wordsmith comes up!!!

  3. Marian Bolton February 28, 2012 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    OK, I take it all back Dale, Franklin Fox is (was!) gorgeous just like the original! (I would like to see your black bits some time though!) I recorded the Sunday midnight show and watched it last night. Just gutted I didn’t get one. C’mon though, 100 was NEVER going to be enough! When’s he coming back?
    I sent a text last night during the 8pm show. Did you get it? The Q never publish my texts. Why is that Daleo? They’re always clean!
    Can you imagine if they offered you up for sale Dale’icious? The phones would go into meltdown …… especially if they offered four pay!!!!
    One more thing before I go. How come The Hoff made it to Q Gossip yesterday but Franklin Fox didn’t? Like I said Daleo ……. La La Land!

  4. Marian Bolton February 29, 2012 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    I’m beginning to look like a stalker now Dale’icious ….. but I couldn’t let today go by without popping the question!!!!!!
    Will you ………………………………. be presenting on 16 March?!! To coin a phrase from your last blog, I’m “back at The Q again”!!!
    Happy Leap Day gorgeous

  5. DALE FRANKLIN March 1, 2012 at 9:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Marian – glad you liked FF – I m relieved to say that he was v.popular and we had a few more than 100! I’m not sure what will happen but Will and Charlie are hopeful that he will make a return ASAP. As you can imagine is was a frantically busy show and I know texts were running throughout the show and I only got a chance to read a couple – so hopefully yours was shown. Hi diki, I hope some other bear collectors can give you some advice on how to spread the bear love throughout your house without consigning your hubby to the garden! Thanks for your comments as always. Dale xx

  6. Rebecca Leigh March 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale I own Franklin fox and he is gorgeous he is sitting proudly with my other charlie bears. 🙂
    I bet you feel honored that you got a charlie bear named after you…. I have put in a name suggestion Roxy the red fox who we have to come and see us everyday…
    Hope your having a good weekend Rebecca x

  7. Dale Franklin March 6, 2012 at 10:29 am -  Reply

    Hey Rebecca – i loved FF as well – I thought Will and Charlie did a great job and yes I was delighted to have a Charlie “Bear” named after me. I like the idea of Roxy – I’ll mention it to them – thanks Dale x
    Hi Ma, I am working on the 16th but on the late shift – so I’ll probably miss you – nevermind – Im sure we’ll meet again as you seem to be a regular! Ha Ha ! Dale x
    Gail I hope you are OK and hope we hear from you next blog Dale x

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