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Oliver Postgate 1925-2008

Posted by Big Boo on December 10th, 2008

It is with much sadness that I must report the death of Oliver Postgate who passed away aged 83 on December 8th 2008.

Along with his business partner Peter Firmin he created the animation company Smallfilms, with Postgate coming up with most of the concepts and carrying out the stop motion filming, whilst Firmin created the models and artwork.  Postgate was also responsible for most of the voice over work in the Smallfilms productions, so it was he who was the voice of Bagpuss!

Their first production was Ivor the Engine in 1959, which was originally in black and white but was later remade in colour in the late 1970’s.  The duo went on to create such memorable series as The Saga of Noggin the Nog, Pogle’s Wood and my personal favourites, Bagpuss and The Clangers.

I would like to take this opportunity to send my condolences to Oliver Postgate’s family and friends.  The world of childrens TV has lost one of its great creators, but it is heartening to think that his work is still popular today, with Ivor, Bagpuss and The Clangers in particular still regularly airing on UK television.