A year ago (8 December 2008) Oliver Postgate died. I’m a huge fan of his films and wanted to add a small tribute to a wonderfully creative person. Postgate, and Peter Firmin set up Smallfilms in a disused cowshed at Firmin’s home in Blean near Canterbury, Kent. Using simple stop-frame animation they went on to create Ivor the Engine, Noggin the Nog, Pogles Wood, The Clangers and Bagpuss along with a few other less well known but still delightful children’s programmes.
Postgate narrated most of the stories, his voice is one of the most recognisable in children’s TV.
Postgate was a pacifist and protester against nuclear proliferation and broadcast, spoke and meetings and published booklets on the subject. His autobiography, Seeing Things, was published in 2000.
Llinks to Postgate and the work of smallfilms follow: