Five fascinating film and TV facts #93

Doctor Who gas masks were made out of baked bean tins, the Toy Story pizza van pops up in every Pixar film, and why Miss Piggy's a tougher cookie than you thought... it's all here in our TV and movie trivia round-up

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The crew filming the Doctor Who episode “The Empty Child” couldn’t use authentic World War Two gas masks because they contained the poisonous substance asbestos. Instead, they made their own, using a variety of materials – including cans of baked beans.

 

The Pizza Planet delivery truck from Toy Story has featured in every Pixar film except for The Incredibles.

The original idea for Britain’s Got Talent was for it to be presented by Paul O’Grady, but this idea was ditched after the presenter left ITV for Channel 4.

Everyone knows of Scooby-Doo’s dastardly little nephew, Scrappy-Doo. But Scooby also has five siblings: Skippy-Doo, Dooby-Doo, Howdy-Doo, Yabba-Doo and Ruby-Doo (Scrappy’s mum).

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According to her puppeteer, Miss Piggy had a pretty rough upbringing: Frank Oz told the New York Times that “She grew up in a small town in Iowa; her father died when she was young, and her mother wasn’t that nice to her. She had to enter beauty contests to survive, as many single women do. She has a lot of vulnerability which she has to hide, because of her need to be a superstar.” However, she hasn’t let that stop her: her book, Miss Piggy’s Guide to Life, was on the New York Times bestseller list for 29 weeks (from June 28, 1981 to January 24, 1982).