Art Attack star Neil Buchanan is unrecognisable 32 years on as he calls for show's return | The Sun

NEIL Buchanan inspired thousands of children to get creative in the Nineties on his hugely popular show Art Attack – and he looks unrecognisable these days.

In 1990, Neil’s Art Attack encouraged thousands of Brit kids to get crafty, with the show running for 17 years. 

The CITV show was so popular that it even won a BAFTA TV Award in 1993.

Now, Neil is calling for the show's return.

He was asked by if he'd want the show to come back, and replied: "‘It’s funny actually. Just recently I have thought about that sort of thing.

"It’s the 30th anniversary of Art Attack, so I would be open to that. Of course I would."

Neil added: "That would be great fun, as long as I could do it with the people who did it with me before."

After the much-loved show came to an end in 2007, presenter Neil decided to carve out a very different career path. 

The former kids’ TV host ditched his colourful red sweatshirt and stowed away his PVA glue to concentrate on his first passion – music.

Neil, now 66, spent time rocking out with his heavy metal band, Marseille.

The eccentric TV star formed the rock group in his native Liverpool in 1976.

They released several albums and singles and supported the likes of Judas Priest, Nazareth, Whitesnake and UFO on tour.

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However, Neil, who is dad to Freddie and Molly, quit the band in the early Eighties and became a TV regular.

In September 2020, a conspiracy theory claiming that Neil was the secretive UK street artist Banksy went viral.

Banksy’s identity has famously remained unknown to the public.

The rumour began to circulate in early September when a Twitter user suggested it was “rumoured” that Buchanan was in fact the mind behind artworks like Balloon Girl and Love is in the Bin.

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Neil issued an unequivocal denial of the rumour he is Banksy on his website.

The statement reads: "We have been inundated with enquiries over the weekend regarding the current social media story.

"Unfortunately this website does not have the infrastructure to answer all these enquiries individually, however, we can confirm that there is no truth in the rumour whatsoever."


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