Old Pogle News.
In 2002 we hosted for the third year a celebration of the works of
Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin at the National Film Theatre London
There was a screening of selected episodes drawn from The Smallfilms
Treasury, the Clangers, Noggin the Nog , Ivor the Engine and
Bagpuss,and there was the chance to meet Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin
and to share with them some recently revived films.
It was a very delightful evening. The now
elderly puppets of Mr and
Mrs Pogle, Pippin and Tog were all there with Master Hedgepig (and the Witch !)
and we watched
some of the episodes of Pogles Wood which Oliver Postgate
had commissioned the Dragons to locate, repair,
clean up, and otherwise twiddle with.
to read about the Episodes
The 5 episodes shown : Strong Music; A Little
House; Flowers; Bricks; and A Paper Tiger were feared lost due to
deterioration in the original films and their absence from the BBC library.
At the screening people had a a rare chance to
thank Oliver and Peter for the influence they have had in the lives of so
many children, and to ask questions bout their
storytelling, models, illustrations and work, the true value of which is at last
It was lovely to hear the gales of
laughter as the characterful and quirky humour of the Pogles was re-discovered.
We were also delighted to have the late Vernon Elliott's daughters with us to
hear their fathers music being applauded.
A great little chap called Detsi was
running around with the microphone, and it was a pleasure to hear people
expressing their thanks and their questions for Oliver and Peter.
Peter's grandson Gabriel made an appearance too,
as Pippin ... and also made a disappearance !
To read Jedi's account of 2002's event.. click on the
NOGGIN ON STAGE !
UK Tour in the Spring of 2012
for more info contact the company here
or click on the image below for tour dates!
Also we are happy to say that we have
negotiated the rights to release Oliver's series Tottie: The Story of A
it will be on sale from us at a cost of £14.99 inc P&P
Oliver' s final work was to collate and produce this book. Click on the cover for
Oliver and Peter were presented with an award for their lasting contribution to Children's
Entertainment by the charity Action for
Children's Arts at the Savoy Hotel in London on 11th October 2007.
Nick Park make the presentation. Oliver
couldnt make it but three of his sons were there, as well as Peter and Joan and
their 6 daughters!
It was a very moving
occaision. We heard from some of the great and the good from British Childrens
TV, a full write up will follow but here is a photo of Nick Park (left) with
Loaf, Bernard Cribbins (front) Peter and Monica Sims, one of the great and
inspired minds behind the commissioning of Children's TV in the 1960s and 70s
When I get the official photos I
will stick em up
click on the image for information
PAST EVENTS NEWS
Sadly Oliver didnt feel well enough
to attend, but Peter was more than happy to launch the Viking Festival at York,
thinly disguised as Thor Nogson !
We are all very sorry to hear of the
death of Ronnie
Stevens, the voice of Graculus and Romf in Noggin - aged 81.
Here he is onstage with
Oliver and Peter at the NFT a few years ago. A talented, quietly spoken and
charming man who will be greatly missed.
here to read of his
long and varied film career or on the picture to read his obituary in the
Our thoughts go out to his son and
family and friends.
Saturday 20th November 2004 at 4.15pm -we enjoyed a galloping journey through the history of Smallfilms with Oliver and Peter at the National
It was a bit of a rush as we could have done with
three times our allotted 90 minutes.. but hey ho.
An illustrated master-class
From the dark sagas of Noggin the Nog
to the homely world of Bagpuss, the power and simplicity of their work
have made Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate masters of the art of
Come and hear about their highly
original production techniques, see favourite clips and ask questions of
the two men who have spent their lives making some of the most cherished
works of children's television
Our Noggin event at the
British Museum... photos online.
click on the photos below
(Why the British Museum ?... because its where the 12th
Century Lewis chessmen live, and it was they who inspired Peter to write the
first ever Noggin story)
300 + people enjoyed an enchanting evening.
POGLES WOOD Characters
on Exhibition in the MUSEUM OF CANTERBURY
The Pogles, Clangers and Bagpuss and friends are on permanent display with
Noggin's flying ship.
For more details contact:
MUSEUM OF CANTERBURY
Canterbury Kent UK
Tel: + 44 (0)1227 475202 firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch this space for further announcements.
Personal Note and Credits
To all friends of Dragons ....
Most especially to Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin,
creators of Soup Dragons.
Thanks also to Stephen Fry, Phill Jupitus and
Jonathan Ross for his tireless and
selfless plugging, Mike March at March
design, Lisa and Ken at Insight, Warren at 360 Media/Granada
TV , Rob McManway for looking after ebay at a small profit, David Allsop, Veronica Taylor
at the NFT, Richard Ingrams of
Oldie Magazine, Terry Wogan at the BEEB, Nick Park, Peter Lord and
David Sproxton at Aardman and to
Nigel Baker and Neil Jones for helping to make this website the cool green place it
Thanks to all.
Did I miss anyone ?
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