Peter Firmin, who has just died aged 89, did more to influence British children in the late 20th century than anyone else. Together with Oliver Postgate, he created Bagpuss, Noggin the Nog and the Clangers; he also co-created Basil Brush, one of our 2018 Oldies of the Year. In 2014, The Oldie's Alice Pitman interviewed him, and met the original Clangers and Bagpuss
Nine years after his death, aged 50, Michael Jackson still dominates headlines. Yesterday, his domineering father, Joe Jackson, died aged 89. And a new National Portrait Gallery show looks at his effect on contemporary art. Frances Wilson remembers the King of Pop in her review of On Michael Jackson by Margo Jefferson
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