TRIBUTES were paid last night to Peter Firmin, the creator of TV classic The Clangers, who has died aged 89. Firmin created several children’s favourites – including Bagpuss, Basil Brush and Ivor The Engine – with skilfully-crafted characters such as the Soup Dragon and Iron Chicken.
The Clangers’ production company Coolabi said: “During a career spanning six decades Peter worked with great skill in a remarkably wide variety of creative disciplines as a fine artist, craftsman and author.”
He created the cheeky fox Basil Brush with Ivan Owen and worked with business partner Oliver Postgate on Bagpuss, The Clangers, Ivor The Engine, Noggin The Nog and Pogles’ Wood. Bagpuss was voted the most popular BBC children’s programme ever in 1999 and Firmin was honoured with a Bafta Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
Bafta credited him as having helped “lay the foundations” of today’s television industry.
Play School presenter Baroness Floella Benjamin said he “created magic to stimulate kids’ minds through his creative vision”.