Brian Cant, Play School presenter, dies at 83

Kids’s presenter Brian Cant has died at the age of Eighty Three.

He used to be best possible recognized for providing BBC’s Play Faculty for 21 years from 1964, and Play Faraway From 1971 to 1984.

His agent said he had been residing with Parkinson’s disease and died at Denville Hall, a retirement house regularly utilized by those In The entertainment business.

A statement from the domestic mentioned: “He lived courageously with Parkinson’s illness for a long time.”

Cant used to be additionally a visitor presenter on Jackanory and regarded on ITV’s Dappledown Farm, which ran from 1990 to 2003.

He acquired his giant break when he auditioned for Play College, when a part of the audition required him to climb right into a cardboard box.

His voice was identified to thousands and thousands in shows equivalent to Trumpton, his most famous line being the fireplace brigade call-out: “Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub.”

Brian Cant: A a lot loved part of childhood – by way of David Silitto, Arts correspondent

For hundreds of thousands his voice straight away conjures up childhood.

Within The early ’60s – an audition during which he was once requested to sit in a cardboard field led to a job on a brand new programme called Play School.

Born in Ipswich, he educated as a printer before having a go at performing.

The Warm, friendly voice used to be excellent for another Children’s challenge – Trumpton, Camberwick Green – and the fairly more industrial Chigley.

If it sounds as if it was recorded in a cabinet, this is because it was once.

Along With Play Away, Bric a Brac and different programmes he was once a part of Youngsters’s TELEVISION for greater than Two Decades.

He wrote and appeared on stage, however greater than anything else he used to be – for many – a much cherished a part of childhood.


Cant’s Play College co-presenter and former Coronation Side Road megastar Derek Griffiths paid tribute on Twitter, posting a reunion picture of the group.

Former Blackadder famous person Sir Tony Robinson also tweeted: “Brian Cant was once my mentor and good friend on Play Away. We wrote and performed together for two years. All The Time patient, courteous and funny P-L-A-Y R-I-P.”

Cant used to be honoured with a different Children’s Bafta award in 2010.

In a BBC interview, he defined that he had been identified with Parkinson’s in 1999.

He stated the one factor he wanted Youngsters to take away from his work was “that I made them giggle, I made them really feel satisfied”.

On receiving his Bafta, Cant stated: “One Of The major ideas of these Play College days used to be that we must play to the camera as if we have been speaking to at least one child, in no matter circumstance.

“It Usually Is any person in a tower block, a nice semi-indifferent someplace, or a Royal palace. You needed to phrase the whole lot so, whoever was gazing it, they felt you were speaking to them.”


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