Hands up everyone who remembers The Clangers. That used to be one of my favourite television programmes when I was a youngster.
The programme featured a number of small creatures living in peace and harmony on - and inside - a small, hollow planet, far far away, nourished by Blue String Pudding, and Green Soup harvested from the planet's volcanic soup wells by the Soup Dragon. The Clangers looked similar to mice, anteaters and, from their pink colour, pigs. They wore clothes reminiscent of Roman armour and spoke in whistles.
I suppose programmes like that just wouldn't appeal to children of today, kids reared on those aggressive cartoons featuring lippy kids talking back to anyone in authority. Postgate's animations didn't have lots of noise and gimmicks - well, I suppose The Clangers had gimmicks, but they were good ones. They were clever and funny and from the mind of a true creative genius.
Oh and by the way that's Major Clanger in the photo above. He was the largest, the oldest and the most important Clanger in the family.