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Oliver Postgate: Ivor, Bagpuss and me

27 November 2009 4:11 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Oliver Postgate delighted children with his charming TV characters. To mark the first anniversary of his death, Nick Park and Stephen Fry pay tribute – and we reveal previously unseen drawings of his lovable aliens, the Clangers

Stephen Fry

There is a period from early middle age onwards when one is prone to become nostalgic about the childhood brand of sweets one ate in the playground and the kind of toys one played with in the bedroom: ooh, those Spangles, foaming shrimps and flying saucers; aah, Mouse Trap, Etch A Sketch and Slinky. We remember, too, the intensity of concentration and ecstasy with which we watched television during what my generation is convinced was the Golden Age of children's broadcasting: Rentaghost, Robinson Crusoe, Blue Peter and – above all – the masterpieces of Oliver Postgate, Pogles' Wood, Noggin The Nog, The Clangers, Bagpuss and Ivor The Engine.

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- Stephen Fry

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