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    Default The Building of the Ship - BBC Children’s Hour, 1959

    This is the Way to Do It:

    https://youtu.be/ZaCOEkk0N8o
    IMAGINES VEL NON FUERINT

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    Default Re: The Building of the Ship - BBC Children’s Hour, 1959

    Dang.

    Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin are absolute heroes.

    From Wiki:

    Postgate described in a later interview the then "gentlemanly and rather innocent" business of programme commissioning thus: "We would go to the BBC once a year, show them the films we'd made, and they would say: 'Yes, lovely, now what are you going to do next?' We would tell them, and they would say: 'That sounds fine, we'll mark it in for eighteen months from now,' and we would be given praise and encouragement and some money in advance, and we'd just go away and do it."

    In June 2015, the BBC's Mark Savage reported: "Firmin said the Clangers' surrealism had led to accusations that Postgate was taking hallucinogenic drugs". Firmin told Savage: "People used to say, 'Ooh, what's Oliver on, with all of these weird ideas?' And we used to say, 'He's on cups of tea and biscuits.'"

    ...and then there's Bagpuss.

    Andy. Fat, furry, cat-puss.
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    Default Re: The Building of the Ship - BBC Children’s Hour, 1959

    Thx Andrew, the kids and I will watch it.

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    Default Re: The Building of the Ship - BBC Children’s Hour, 1959

    Alas I cannot find the very first episode!

    But the rest of the first saga seems to be there.

    Here is a later saga, in glorious not-quite-Technicolor. It’s one of my favourites:

    https://youtu.be/GWp7ZX1Mjkk
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