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Blue Plaque honour for Muppets’ creator Jim Henson

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Jim Henson – the creator of The Muppets – has been honoured with a blue plaque at his London home.

The American moved to 50 Downshire Hill in Hampstead, West London, in 1979.


He bought the house after The Muppets was turned down by US broadcasters – but picked up by British television.

It ran for 120 episodes.

Henson’s son Brian said:

“My father moved to London to make The Muppet Show and then chose to stay because he was so impressed by the UK’s many gifted artists and performers.

“It was with this amazing creative community that he produced ambitious projects including The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and so many more.

“It’s an honour to have Jim Henson’s British home recognised with a blue plaque, knowing that he so admired and respected the talent in London, and that this is the place he called home when creating some of his most memorable productions.”

Dr Rebecca Preston at English Heritage said:

“His creations continue to influence popular culture globally.”

Henson died from septic shock in New York in May 1990 at the age of 53.






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