Seeing Things: A Memoir

Seeing Things: A Memoir

Oliver Postgate


Oliver Postgate's dying in December 2008 used to be greeted with nice disappointment. For over forty years his identify was once synonymous with the simplest 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 motion pictures are nonetheless enjoyed via audience of every age. during this scrumptious autobiography, Oliver Postgate describes how he got here to create his tales and characters, constructing leading edge ideas of animation and puppetry along his good friend 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 used to be the grandson of George Lansbury, chief of the Labour occasion within the Twenties, and his father used to be Raymond Postgate, who grew to become recognized because the founder and writer of The stable nutrients Guide. Oliver in neither's footsteps. earlier than his first television construction, 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 striking and adventurous existence, and the glorious characters who populated it, either actual and imagined, is witty, captivating, superbly remembered, and wonderfully told.

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