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Oliver Postgate's Children's Programmes

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Oliver Postgate's Children's Programmes

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Oliver Postgate's Children's Programmes

SmallFilms may not sound like the name of a hugely important company. The fact that there were only two staff (Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin), and that they worked in a converted cowshed in Canterbury with only the most minimal of budgets, doesn't sound very promising either. However, SmallFilms gave the world Bagpuss, Ivor the Engine, Noggin the Nog and The Clangers, to name just a few - unforgettable, exquisite gems of children’s programming. Oliver wrote and directed, as well as narrating, and Peter worked with him to animate them, using simple techniques such as stop-frame and cutouts. The programmes focused on telling stories with engaging characters, each one creating a unique imaginary world. The pace of the programmes was often gentle, and the visuals modest but charmingly detailed. In 1985, after 25 years of telling stories, SmallFilms was wound up as broadcasters felt that children wanted something more dynamic. But they were not forgotten: in 1999 Bagpuss was voted the most popular children’s programme of all time, and much of SmallFilms' work is now available on DVD.


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Noggin The Nog Ivor The Engine The Clangers Pogle's Wood Bagpuss If these mean nothing to you, then you have no soul.

Robert Smith

Emily wasn't the only one who loved Bagpuss, thousands of us did too! This man gave me my childhood imagination and fantasy which has made me who I am today, I don't dare even think of a world without his programmes!

I'm 44 and still get a kick out of seeing Oliver's gentle and humorous programmes. In part, he helped shape me. There's still nothing like hearing the Clangers whistle their way onto the screeen. It evokes happy dream-filled days of childhood, when running home from school to watch children's television was one of the highlights of the day.
Sean Duggan

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