Oliver Postgate Obituary


Bagpuss © Kent TV

Oliver Postgate, creator of some of Britain’s best loved characters passed away on the 9th December 2008.

A resident of Kent, Oliver Postgate is credited with creating some of the nations best loved characters, including the weird and wonderful Clangers and the ‘saggy old cloth cat’ Bagpuss. Oliver worked alongside Peter Firmin iturning an old Kent cowshed into an animation studio where many of the programmes that captured the hearts and imaginations of young children were made.

Bagpuss is as popular today as he was in the 1970’s: in 2001 he was voted fourth most popular children’s character of all time by a Channel 4 television poll. Bagpuss along with Ivor the Engine and The Clangers are due to be revived by Coolabi, a media company who bought the rights to the characters earlier this year, ensuring that Oliver’s work has the chance to capture a new generation of hearts.

Postgate received an honorary degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1987, which he received with the beloved Bagpuss dressed in full academic robes.

Oliver Postgate will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with his partner Naomi Linnell and his children.


For more information about Oliver Postgate’s creations visit http://www.smallfilms.co.uk/bagpuss/people.htm