Sunday, 1 July 2018

Goodbye, Peter Firmin

This is far more upsetting than Harlan Ellison's death - Peter Firmin (and his collaborator Oliver Postgate) made children's TV that was a huge part of my childhood.

The Clangers (sad whistling, and glooping from the Soup Dragon)
Pogles Wood (it took me years to work out that Tog was supposed to be a squirrel!)
Ivor the Engine (a sad song from the Grumbly and District Choral Society, with solo from Ivor)
Noggin the Nog (the Men of the Northlands sit by their log fire, and they tell a tale....)
Bagpuss (when Bagpuss goes to sleep, all his friends go to sleep too)

He also created, with Ivor Owen, Basil Brush.

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