Author Topic: RIP Oliver Postgate  (Read 8174 times)

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RIP Oliver Postgate
« on: December 09, 2008, 07:48:50 am »
I liked Bagpuss  :'(

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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2008, 08:08:27 am »
"Oh sod it! The bloody thing's stuck again!"

So said a Clanger, and got Mr. Postgate into BBC hot water apparently.

Great programmes, and on a shoestring as well.
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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2008, 08:09:46 am »
 :-[
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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2008, 08:48:36 am »
A brilliantly creative man.  My first memory of Postgate's work was the now almost forgotten Pogle's Wood, which I loved.

He was a lifelong socialist and pacifist, and his warmth and compassionate optimism pervade everything that he did.  Gentle, humourous, and very, very English.  His warm, slightly posh voice brings childhood memories flooding back, and is a comforting sound.
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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2008, 08:59:02 am »
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!   

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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2008, 09:03:19 am »
A distinctly British genius.

Ivor the Engine was probably my favourite, but I'm also old enough to remember Pogles' Wood.  :'(
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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2008, 09:16:48 am »
A brilliantly creative man.  My first memory of Postgate's work was the now almost forgotten Pogle's Wood, which I loved.


I had forgotten about Pogle's Wood but just remembered I loved it. 

It's probably cos I'm getting old but I think kid's TV now is pants.  Shame people like Oliver Postgate are literally a dying breed. 

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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2008, 09:46:42 am »
I'm sure I grew up on a diet of green soup & blue string pudding  :)


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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2008, 10:16:49 am »
Bagpuss has gone to sleep.   :(
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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2008, 10:17:38 am »
Still stunned.

Of course, I knew Postgate was an old man.  And I know we - he - won't live forever.

But there's something inextricably linked to my childhood just disappeared.  The TV entered the household the same week I did, and I watched a ridiculous amouint of the idiot-lantern when young.  But the highlights were disproportionately from Postgate.

Clangers, Ivor the Engine, Noggin the Nog, even Alexander the Mouse, and, especially, the weird and wonderful Pogle's Wood.

Postgate, with the brilliantly inventive Peter Firmin as illustrator/animator, put together these great highlights of TV history in a garage near Canterbury.  

The loving, but not over-sentimental, view of the world from a child's perspective of curiosity and wonder, informed my own approach to other people in society.

I'm generally very sceptical about the possibilities of TV, and children's TV in particular, as a force for good, but Postgate stands alongside Jim Henson and a select band of others in giving me hope.
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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2008, 10:21:07 am »
Still stunned.

Of course, I knew Postgate was an old man.  And I know we - he - won't live forever.

But there's something inextricably linked to my childhood just disappeared.  The TV entered the household the same week I did, and I watched a ridiculous amouint of the idiot-lantern when young.  But the highlights were disproportionately from Postgate.

Clangers, Ivor the Engine, Noggin the Nog, even Alexander the Mouse, and, especially, the weird and wonderful Pogle's Wood.

Postgate, with the brilliantly inventive Peter Firmin as illustrator/animator, put together these great highlights of TV history in a garage near Canterbury.  

The loving, but not over-sentimental, view of the world from a child's perspective of curiosity and wonder, informed my own approach to other people in society.

I'm generally very sceptical about the possibilities of TV, and children's TV in particular, as a force for good, but Postgate stands alongside Jim Henson and a select band of others in giving me hope.

Awww, nicely put.  You should get yourself along to his funeral and read that out.

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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2008, 10:24:18 am »
This has upset me more than being hit by a van. I love the Clangers, I love Bagpuss, Ivor the Engine is fantastic, particularly Idris the dragon and the one where they go to the seaside. I know I did watch Pogle's Wood but I can't remember it at all. I loved the Bagpuss one where the mice made chocolate biscuits out of butter beans and breadcrumbs. They were such wonderful programmes, slow in pace but never boring, rich in detail, beautiful to look at.  :'(
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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2008, 10:29:56 am »
I don't remember Pogle's Wood at all, but I loved all the rest. I think I was far too old for kid's tv when Ivor The Engine came out but I watched it all the time anyway. What a great legacy.

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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2008, 10:31:53 am »
More of a Grange Calveley - man myself.

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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2008, 10:40:18 am »
He was on Desert Island Discs sometime last year.  He talked about the conditions in which he worked on the animations - there was no air conditioning and the room was very hot - he had to wear sweatbands on his wrists.  Flies would occasionally land on the set at exactly the wrong time and ruin the shot.

He produced such magical work from such meagre resources.  I can recall Pogle's Wood only vaguely.  Noggin the Nog had such atmosphere.  And the Clangers were kids' TV perfection.

He had mastered the difficult art of producing material ostensibly for children, which could entertain adults as well.  A brilliant man and a sad loss.
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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2008, 10:44:29 am »
I remember Ivor the Engine and Pogle's Wood with great fondness. I loved the Clangers but was a little too old for Bagpuss. Loved the Mouse Organ though!   ;D

Ollie Postgate's melifluous tones will always take me back to my childhood.

RIP  :'(
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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2008, 10:46:20 am »
Sandra Kerr (the voice of Madeleine the rag doll) was on R4 this morning, saying that you can hear them giggling on some of the Bagpuss episodes because doing the mice on the Marvellous Mechanical Mouse-Organ made them laugh so much.
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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2008, 10:47:31 am »
Professor Yaffle is a role model.  I can do pompous! ;D
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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2008, 10:49:37 am »
Read http://www.oliverpostgate.co.uk/.  There are much good Stuffs therein.

I did at least remember to comfort my Major Clanger this morning.
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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2008, 11:39:42 am »
I hate to say this but the only thing I ever saw was Bagpuss.  The other things were before my time in the UK.

I was brought up on a diet of Daktari and Pufnstuf....
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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #20 on: December 09, 2008, 11:40:27 am »
I remember Ivor the Engine and Pogle's Wood with great fondness. I loved the Clangers but was a little too old for Bagpuss. Loved the Mouse Organ though!   ;D

Ollie Postgate's melifluous tones will always take me back to my childhood.

RIP  :'(
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clarion

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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #21 on: December 09, 2008, 11:42:04 am »
Bagpuss, despite its immense popularity (voted Best Ever Children's Programme in c1998), was my least favourite of his oeuvre.

I did like Daktari, too, though (risks heading off into cheap sleb clip show territory.  Spacehoppers?  Spangles, isn't it? Jumpers for goalposts...)
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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #22 on: December 09, 2008, 11:43:25 am »
...They were such wonderful programmes, slow in pace but never boring, rich in detail, beautiful to look at.  :'(

I thin kthis is it, really.  Meticulous craftsmanship, creating a rich and detailed, complete world to immerse yourself in.
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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #23 on: December 09, 2008, 11:44:30 am »
Warning! Bad taste alert!

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Apologies for that. Blame Dez. :-[
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Re: RIP Oliver Postgate
« Reply #24 on: December 09, 2008, 11:45:36 am »
The lack of shoutiness in them also stands out when compared to much modern stuff. The voice of the narrator (usually Oliver himself) is soft and soothing.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.