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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bagpuss creator dies

It was a sad, sad day on Tuesday, when news hit us that the legendary Oliver Postgate, creator of Bagpuss, had died. 

We have to thank the 83-year-old for bringing the likes of Ivor the Engine (conservative party leader David Cameron's personal fave), the Clangers (Cameron's wife's fave) and Noggin the Nog (not sure who's fave) into our lives, our kids' lives and no doubt their kids' lives in DVD format. But it was that saggy, pink puss who really got to us - and only this year fans voted him the best TV animal of all time!

The cuddly cat was responsible for repairing broken toys in the shop run by Emily's dad, in between those all-important naps, and despite only 13 episodes ever being made, they have been on constant repeat.

His animations have been around since the 50s, when he would often script and narrate them from inside a disused cowshed in Kent, with his puppeteer pal, Peter Firmin. But the creator made his last film in 1987, after complaining that TV commissioners were no longer interested in his ideas (boo!). Luckily, Coolbai, which now owns the rights to Postgate's characters, plans to reintroduce them to future generations (and some of us older fans, of course!).

We'd love to hear your memories of Bagpuss, Ivor, the Clangers and friends - did you have a favourite? Now's the time to make your tribute!


  • At 4:15 pm , Anonymous Anthony said...

    Noggin The Nog was my fave: hypnotic and slightly creepy, I seem to recall...


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