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Clangers, The

TEARDROP-SHAPED TOOTLING; shoo-in for best kids puppetry ever made. “When we gaze,” would go the narration (Oliver Postgate himself), “deep into the inky black of space, who knows what strange and beautiful things we might find.” Cue pink-elephant knitted aliens whistling to each other and making merry with whatever crap floated down onto the surface of their dustbin-lid lined planet. Major, Mother, Grandmother, Small and Tiny made up the clan; Soup Dragon, Froglets, Music Trees and Iron Chicken were their mates. Blue String Pudding flowed, Hoots – walking trumpet things – sounded. And they made a boat that could fly using tunes. Utterly fantastic from start to finish.



  1. Richard Freeman

    March 28, 2015 at 3:51 am

    IT RETURNS!!!!

  2. Damon

    September 19, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Gosh when I think about it. I remember watching The Clangers on our old clapped out 1970s black and white telly in the freezing cold.

    They say the new 2015 series of The Clangers is ‘the next series’ rather than a re-imagining and it certainly feels that way.

    But the context is different as now my 3 year old daughter ran through the house last week to find me and shoved my wife’s iPhone in my face. “You like this Daddy,” she said, playing the new version on iPlayer via wifi in our nice warm new-build. Ho hum. Life passes. Stuff renews.

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