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Peter Firmin passes away at 89

The creator of Clangers, Bagpuss and Basil Brush has died following a short illness

Peter Firmin, the co-creator of Clangers, Bagpuss and Basil Brush, has passed away at his home in Kent aged 89.

Working with his late creative partner Oliver Postgate, who died in 2008, Peter was also behind children's classics Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog.

He was awarded the Bafta Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

A statement from Coolabi, the production company behind the new Clangers reboot Peter was working on up until his illness this year, said: "During a career spanning over six decades, Pater worked with great skill in a remarkably wide variety of creative disciplines as a fine artist, craftsman and author. Of all his work, he will probably be most fondly remembered for the characters he co-created and made.

"Peter continued to work with great enthusiasm on creative projects right up until the beginning of 2018, most notably on a new series of Clangers, which won a Bafta in 2015."

PIC: Peter Firmin celebrates 40 years of Bagpuss in 2013 with friends, family and the Coolabi team

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