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How The Clangers became political

The Clangers

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Children's television programme The Clangers was created in 1968 by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin.

The programme featured a group of creatures called Clangers who lived below their planet's surface in caves.

Author Michael Rosen and Professor Paul Wells explain how an episode of The Clangers from 1974 was a comment on the UK general election.

Time Shift: Oliver Postgate - A Life in Small Films will be broadcast on Tuesday, 22 December 2009 at 2000 BST on BBC Four. Or catch-up afterwards on BBC iPlayer


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