Sabato, 24 Giugno, 2017

Play School presenter Brian Cant dies

Play School and Play Away presenter Brian Cant dies at 83 Brian Cant at the EE British Academy Children’s Awards 2010
Acilia Dean | 20 Giugno, 2017, 00:23

Brian Cant, best known for presenting BBC's Play School and Play Away, has died aged 83 after battling Parkinson's disease, his agent has confirmed. He was best known for his roles on the children's TV programme Play School.

From 1990-2003, Cant starred as Brian the farmer in the children's television puppet programme Dappledown Farm, and in 2010 he received the special award at the Children's BAFTAs for his work in children's television.

A statement from the family said: 'He lived courageously with Parkinson's disease for a long time'.

Cant's voice is also familiar to viewers of the animated series Trumpton, Camberwick Green and Chigley as he narrated the tales of Windy Miller, Chippy Minton and Pc McGarry. The former children's TV presenter died at retirement home, Denville Hall.

Other shows have included Bric-A-Brac and later Milkshake.

The programme, aimed at pre-school children, ran for almost 25 years from 1964 until 1988 and Brian Cant was with it for most of its run.

"Donations would be most appreciated to Denville Hall and the Actors' Benevolent Fund".


Cant's most famous line was the fire brigade call out: "Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub".

He also worked as an actor, appearing in episodes of Doctor Who, Casualty and Doctors.

He appeared in Doctors in 2011.

Cant once said in an interview that he was surprised that so many fans remembered him as a legend of children's television.

Brian's fellow Play School presenter Tony Robinson wrote: "Brian Cant was my mentor & friend on Playaway".

He married writer and director Cherry Britton in 1984 and they had three children.

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