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Oliver Postgate

Oliver Postgate

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First broadcast: Sun 15 Jul 2007

Creator of Bagpuss, Animator

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the animator Oliver Postgate. As the creator of Noggin the Nog, The Clangers and Bagpuss, Oliver holds a special place in many childhoods. So it may come as something of a surprise that he never thought about how his programmes would be received by children; instead he says he simply focussed on making the stories great - everything else was secondary. For 20 years he toiled in a converted pigsty in Kent, animating the characters Peter Firmin drew, churning out 120 seconds of film a day. He says a respectable average for an animation company now would be two seconds!

Oliver's own childhood was a lonely one; ignored by his busy parents and sent to an experimental school he hated. He says that to this day, he has no meaning unless he is doing something, and this is a direct legacy of his desperation to be noticed as a child.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Johann Sebastian Bach

1.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major

Orchestra: The Bath Festival Orchestra Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin

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Josh White

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Josh White

The Lass with the Delicate Air

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Frederick Delius

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Frederick Delius

Summer Evening

Orchestra: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham

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Pete Fountain

4.

Castaway's favourite

Pete Fountain

When the Saints Come Marching In

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Pyatnitsky State Russian Folk Choir

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Pyatnitsky State Russian Folk Choir

Steppe, Oh Steppe Around

Édith Piaf

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Édith Piaf

Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

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Book

Huge book of English Poetry by

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Luxury item

A comfortable bed

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