Oliver Postgate is dead

by Harry on December 9, 2008

Guardian Obit here. Picture gallery here. Dragon’s Friendly Society here. The Clangers, Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine here.

When my eldest was 5 there was just one thing on her Christmas list. A Clanger. And Father Christmas brought her a little cuddly clanger and a soup dragon. Boy was she happy. For several years there was a promise that Noggin the Nog would come out on DVD, but there was delay after delay, during which I feared that by the time it came out my kids would be too old for it. It was too late for my eldest, but just in time for the middle one, and we had a third so that a second one would get to enjoy them.

During the great debate over my son’s name the way my wife and the girls got me to accede to their preference was by pointing out that if we named him as we did he would share his first name with Oliver Postgate. Clever.

A taste of Noggin the Nog, the best thing ever on television, here.



belle le triste 12.09.08 at 5:09 pm

my plan aged five was to grow up and marry nooka (who would by then have tired of noggin)

sadly things worked out differently



Mandy 12.09.08 at 6:48 pm

Thank you for the Noggin link – I haven’t seen this in years, it brought back so many memories!


Nick 12.09.08 at 10:11 pm

Let us not forget Nogbad The Bad. Best villain ever . . .


Stuart White 12.11.08 at 12:40 pm

Harry and all, apologies for the shameless self-advertisement, but you might be interested in my post on Oliver Postgate at the Next Left site – http://www.nextleft.org/


belle le triste 12.11.08 at 1:11 pm

i can’t believe i never realised raymond postgate and oliver postgate were related!

it’s just like oliver kamm’s relationship to the puffin club only less depressing


harry b 12.11.08 at 1:58 pm

What on earth is Oliver Kamm’s relationship to the puffin club? (I know about his relationship to Asterix).

Postgate talks in his autobiography about “uncle douglas” (GDH Cole) and was obviously fond of him. Postgate was also George Lansbury’s grandson (on his mother’s side).


Chris Bertram 12.11.08 at 2:11 pm

_(I know about his relationship to Asterix)._

His relationship to Cacofonix/Assurancetourix is much closer.


engels 12.11.08 at 2:12 pm

Not to mention Prolix and Soporifix.


IAN HERNE 12.11.08 at 3:39 pm

Quite simply Postgate was a marvel. Read his autobiography and look again at his
films for the BBC. He and Peter Firmin were true television pioneers. But his
opinions on other matters were of considerable substance too.


John M. 12.11.08 at 5:34 pm

For those possibly interested, on Irish radio this morning they interviewed John Faughner, the creator of the Bagpuss theme tune. The man who with his co-writer wrote and voiced the mice…”we will fix it” etc. Genius. Try here for a download: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/thetubridyshow/1243042.html

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