Seeing Things: A Memoir

Oliver Postgate


Oliver Postgate's loss of life in December 2008 used to be greeted with nice unhappiness. For over forty years his identify used to be synonymous with the easiest in kid's television—Bagpuss, The Clangers, Ivor the Engine, The Pogles, Noggin the Nog, and Pingwings. Oliver wrote and narrated the tales, whereas Peter Firmin illustrated the characters and made the puppets. Their vintage movies are nonetheless enjoyed through audience of every age. during this scrumptious autobiography, Oliver Postgate describes how he got here to create his tales and characters, constructing cutting edge thoughts of animation and puppetry along his buddy and co-producer Peter Firmin. Amazingly, just about all of Oliver's motion pictures have been made in a cowshed in Kent on the cheap of subsequent to not anything. however the route to film-making used to be faraway from traditional, or perhaps deliberate. Oliver Postgate was once the grandson of George Lansbury, chief of the Labour occasion within the Nineteen Twenties, and his father was once Raymond Postgate, who grew to become well-known because the founder and writer of The solid nutrition Guide. Oliver in neither's footsteps. earlier than his first television creation, Alexander the Mouse in 1958, he had already been a conflict evacuee; a conscientious objector; a farm laborer; a reduction employee in post-war Germany; an artist; an actor; and an inventor. the tale of Oliver Postgate's awesome and adventurous lifestyles, and the glorious characters who populated it, either actual and imagined, is witty, fascinating, superbly remembered, and fantastically told.

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