Sadness as much loved children’s TV presenter dies

Children’s presenter Brian Cant has died at the age of 83.

He was best known for presenting BBC’s Play School for 21 years from 1964, and Play Away from 1971 to 1984.

His agent said he had been living with Parkinson’s disease and died at Denville Hall, a retirement home often used by those in the entertainment industry.

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

Cant was also a guest presenter on Jackanory and appeared on ITV’s Dappledown Farm, which ran from 1990 to 2003.

He got his big break when he auditioned for Play School, when part of the audition required him to climb into a cardboard box.

His voice was known to millions in shows such as Trumpton, his most famous line being the fire brigade call-out: “Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub.”

Floella Benjamin, who also performed in Play School, said Cant was “comedy genius”.

She told BBC News: “He was totally devoted to making children happy – he introduced children to comedy with zany jokes and his funny sketches.”

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June 20th, 2017 by