Oliver Postgate 1925 – 2008

Oliver Postgate, the creator and narrator of TV classics Bagpuss, The Clangers, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine has died at the age of 83 – the Guardian relates the tale of his honorary MA in 1987. BBC CultTV have an short interview with the man himself and a short online video clip. Apparently The Clangers were “swearing their little heads off”. The Guardian’s OrganGrinder has a great collection of YouTube clips of which I’ve picked out the first colour episode of Ivor the Engine as a tribute [Dewi will love that – Ed]. And, below the fold, part one of a 2005 BBC4 documentary. Adds “Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a little girl and her name was Emily. And she had a shop.” And thanks to Alan in Belfast “Vote for Froglet!”

Ivor the Engine and the story of Smallfilms