Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Bagpuss and Ivor creator dies. Oliver Postgate, RIP.

From the BBC Article:

'Bagpuss creator Oliver Postgate has died aged 83, his family has confirmed.Postgate, who lived in Kent, created some of the best-loved children's TV series including Ivor the Engine, the Clangers and Noggin the Nog.

His work, screened on the BBC and ITV from the 1950s to the present day, was often in collaboration with the artist and puppeteer Peter Firmin.In a poll earlier this year, Bagpuss, a saggy pink cloth cat, was voted the best TV animal of all-time.

Postgate's partner, Naomi Linnell, confirmed he died at a nursing home near his home in Broadstairs in Kent on Monday.Oliver said it himself, he was always a little boy. Friend and colleague, Sandra Kerr, has been paying tribute to "a creative and eccentric talent".'

Anyone growing up in the UK from the 1970s onwards would almost certainly have seen at least on of the series he created. I remember them vividly and fondly. They were gentle, humourous and intelligent. His work enriched my childhood and this is sad news. RIP.

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