Oliver Postgate – creator of some of the greatest UK children’s television – has passed.
His work which included Bagpuss, The Clangers and Noggin the Nog, delighted – and continues to delight – children everywhere. His collaborator, Sandra Kerr – the voice of Madeleine and the mice in Bagpuss (see pic above) speaks of an eccentric whose cottage industry approach to programme making simply struck a chord with kids.
Who, growing up with such great telly, could ever forget the closing words of every Bagpuss episode: “Even Bagpuss himself, once he was asleep, was just a saggy old cloth cat; baggy and a bit loose at the seams, but Emily loved him.”
And here are some reminiscences.
STOP PRESS: Charlie Brooker’s “Screenburn” – normally a place where X Factor contestants or Big Brother housemates are lacerated in print – is the source of the most heart-felt tribute to Oliver Postgate.