Few people would detect an immediate resemblance between the Inland Revenue’s cartoon character Hector the Tax Inspector and the much-loved Mr Men.
Most readers will know Hector as the oddball cartoon character nagging us about self-assessment forms.
But the Diary has discovered that bumbling Hector has close links to the quirky but loveable Mr Men.
Giles Hargreaves, son of Mr Men creator Roger, is also Hector’s co-creator. Hargreaves Junior was a creative director at now-defunct agency Leagas Shafron Davis, which handled the IR’s self-assessment campaign.
We can only assume Giles’ favourite childhood characters were Mr Mean, Mr Fussy and Mr Grumpy.