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In pictures: Tony Hart

Tony Hart in Vision On in 1970

Iconic TV presenter and artist Tony Hart has died aged 83. His career saw him bring a love of art to millions of children around the world.

Publicity shot of Tony Hart

Hart had served as an officer in the Ghurkha Rifles in World War II before joining a course at the Maidstone College of Art.

Tony Hart on Blue Peter in 1962

On meeting a TV producer in 1952 he quickly drew a picture on a napkin. That chance meeting launched a TV career spanning nearly five decades.

Pat Keysell and Tony Hart on Vision On

His first TV role was an illustrator on the show Saturday Special, before he joined the cast of Vision On in 1964.

Tony Hart with Vision On presenters in 1970

The show - aimed at both deaf and hearing children - combined fast-paced skits with Hart's enthusiastic painting, often on massive canvases, studio floors and any available flat surface.

Hart on Take Hart in 1977

He later went on to host the show Take Hart - where children were encouraged to send in their artwork.


Another of Hart's co-stars was animated clay figure Morph - a babbling sidekick who would often clumsily interrupt Hart's artwork.

Tony Hart attending the Children Of Courage Awards in 2008

Hart, who retired in 2001, once said "my aged heart is warmed by the lovely letters and emails I receive, especially when they tell me that my work... inspired the writers to become artists".

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