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Grotbags Actress Carol Lee Scott Dies At Age 74

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The entertainer Carol Lee Scott, who has died of cancer aged 74, took time out of her career as a singer on the cabaret circuit to play one of children’s television’s most colorful characters, Grotbags, complete with green hair and skin, a blacked-out tooth and increasingly outlandish outfits.

Carol Lee Scott pointing her bazazzer at Emu and Rod Hull in an episode of Emu’s Pink Windmill Show. Photograph: ITV/Rex Shutterstock

Wearing moon boots and looking like a pantomime villain, Scott first played the wicked witch in Emu’s World (1982-84 and 1988) alongside Rod Hull, trying to lure his anarchic puppet Emu to her castle, Gloomy Fortress, so that she could use its special powers to control the aAll-singing all-dancing children from the Pink Windmill – “brats”, she called them. She kept her own servant, Croc, in line by hitting him with her bazazzer, an umbrella-shaped stick with a pointing finger at the end.

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Scott continued with Hull in his subsequent programs, Emu’s All-Live Pink Windmill Show (1984-85), Emu’s Pink Windmill Show (1986), Emu’s Wide World (1987-88) and EMU TV (1989), as well as voicing the witch in his 1991 cartoon series, Rod ’n’ Emu.

Then, with the puppeteer Richard Coombs – who had worked with Jim Henson – she devised her own series, Grotbags (1991-93), whose new characters included Dorris the Dodo and Colin the Bat. She also played Auntie Kipplewick in some episodes and the shows became a cult hit with university students as well as children.

Carol Lee Scott as Grotbags performs Gimme Dat Ding in the Pink Windmill
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