Monday, 1 December 2014
First watched : 16 November 1969
How the memory plays tricks ! I'd have sworn this was broadcast in The Magic Roundabout slot on a weekday but no. It actually replaced Ken Dodd and the Diddymen on a Sunday night and only 27 10-minute episodes were ever made ( though a new series is in production at the time of writing ).
Clangers was the first Smallfilms production since Pogles' Wood and could hardly have been more different. Where the latter seemed an elegaic farewell to a fast-disappearing way of life, Clangers embraced the space age and anticipated finding quirky new forms of life.
Clangers' most unique feature was the script which was originally written in English but performed through swanee whistles which kept the intonations but rendered the words unintelligible. Oliver Postgate then provided a voiceover narration to make it coherent.
I have to confess I thought it was a load of nonsense and failed to engage with it at all but I realise that puts me in a very small minority.