English artist and puppet maker Peter Firmin, best known for his work on children shows like The Saga of Noggin the Nog, Ivor the Engine, Clangers, Bagpuss and Pogles’ Wood, has passed away at the age of 89, as confirmed by a friend of the family.
Firmin passed away at his home in Kent surrounded and was believed to have been surrounded by his family. Firmin is believed to have been survived by his wife Joan and their six children. Several of his daughters followed in their father’s example by becoming artists.
Even at 89 years of age, he was still working in television, helping to develop a £5m reboot of the Clangers, based around a show he developed 50 years prior, with his creative partner, Oliver Postgate.
According to The Guardian, Daniel Postgate, the son of Oliver Postgate, who died 10 years earlier, confirmed the news of Firmin’s passing; the younger Postgate issued the following statement to the publication concerning Firmin’s passing:
“It’s an end of an era.”
“It was a golden age of children’s TV. Oliver and Peter were mavericks. They were pioneers in doing what people hadn’t done before. They did it in a cheap, seat-of-their-pants way and were left to their own devices to make what they wanted. There weren’t focus groups and child psychologists looking over their work.”
A spokesman for the production company Coolabi also issued the following statement:
“During a career spanning over six decades, Peter 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.
What is Peter Firmin’s official cause of death?
At this time, Peter Firmin’s official cause of death has not been officially released to the public and it is unknown if an autopsy has been performed. According to The Guardian, it was noted that Firmin had suffered an illness shortly before his passing.