Oliver Postgate was the man behind two of my favourite childrens’ programmes – Bagpuss and The Clangers – which I loved in the 1970s and still love today.
Many childhood hours were spent watching puppet mice and a stripy cloth cat left in an old toy shop and a weird world of mice and dragons on the moon.
As an adult, I own several toys and items based on the characters. Here we see a Clanger on the left, Bagpuss in the middle and one of the Mice from the Mouse Organ from Bagpuss.
They are having a group hug and chatting about their memories of Oliver.
It is in sepia, because the stills at the end of Bagpuss were in sepia too. The closing of a programme; the closing of a life.
Oliver Postgate died on December 8th 2008. It’s not just his characters who will miss him.