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4 items from 2016

Monday’s best TV: Eating Well with Hemsley + Hemsley; Storm Troupers

22 May 2016 10:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

There’s plenty of tempting tuck as the healthy sisters dish it up and a look at the surprising origins of weather forecasting. Plus the day’s best sporting and movie action

When Tiny and Small play catch with Granny’s wool, Small accidentally makes a “really, Really big throw” and, while trying to retrieve the wool from outer space, finds something quite different. What a delight this returning series is, from the animation by Oliver Postgate’s son Daniel to the little steampunk touches that will find favour with a generation for whom the name Soup Dragon means rave-era indie rather than lime-green moon-lizards. Ali Catterall

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- Ali Catterall, Hannah Verdier, Phil Harrison, Ben Arnold, Gwilym Mumford, John Robinson, David Stubbs and Paul Howlett

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The Trap Door: celebrating a much-loved 80s animated series

29 March 2016 8:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




We salute Terry Brain and Charlie Mills, creators of 1980s children’s stop-motion animated TV series, The Trap Door

Somewhere in the dark and nasty regions where nobody goes stands an ancient castle. Deep within this dank and uninviting place lives Berk, overworked servant of The Thing Upstairs. But that’s nothing compared to the horrors that lurk beneath the trap door. For there is always something down there, in the dark, waiting to come out…

What was under the trap door? In 1986, a three inch stack of film reel cans forming a makeshift plinth for whatever Plasticine monster was due to spill out of it in that episode. Over the course of forty mini-episodes in the mid-eighties, a legion of skittering demons and tentacled beasts slithered off those reel cans and into the psychedelic polka-dotted castle dungeons where they caused havoc for servant Berk and his disembodied skull companion Boni. »

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Fashionista Clangers were inspired by Twiggy and Paco Rabanne

17 March 2016 8:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Costumes for Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin’s children’s TV puppets were based on 60s haute couture, says V&A

Related: Oliver Postgate's Bagpuss, the Clangers and the Pogles – in pictures

They are remembered as hospitable cave-dwelling aliens with a very whistley way of communicating, but could the Clangers also have a hitherto unknown association with the 60s fashion world?

Related: Hand-knit alien puppets and William Shatner: the Clangers' recipe for stateside success

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- Mark Brown Arts correspondent

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Peter Firmin, the man behind Bagpuss and The Clangers

13 March 2016 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

An exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London celebrates the children’s classics, more than 40 years after they first appeared on TV, to the delight of a generation of children

Peter Firmin’s Kent country home is idyllic. There’s a higgledy-piggledy Welsh dresser crammed with mugs, including plenty bearing a certain famous pink cloth cat’s bedraggled face. Two dogs, one very young, one very old – Tim and Pip, both Jack Russells – chase each other up and down the garden. Just the right amount of overgrown for a child to explore, the garden features a home-made tree house. Never mind children’s television, this is like something out of a novel.

The co-creator of Bagpuss and The Clangers, Firmin lives with his wife Joan in a rambling house they bought in 1960. They’re both in their 80s now and met at art college 66 years ago. The »

- Viv Groskop

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