Friday, 12 July 2013

Happy Birthday Brian Cant

Brian Cant is 80 today. Unbelievable, I know. But true.

What d'you mean you don't know who Brian Cant is? (He's the one on the right, btw!)

Brian Cant is a legend, a star, he should be a 'Sir'. He is, quite simply, the voice of my childhood, the smiling face of Play School, the MC of Play Away (where would the likes of Jeremy Irons or Sir Tony Baldrick be without him?) and narrator of those wonderfully low-tech lovely animations, Trumpton, Chigley and Camberwick Green.

How could I possibly let the occasion pass, especially as the mainstream media seems to have ignored the fact completely. So to celebrate, here a a few of his finest moments. Bring back memories for you, too?

And of course, no clip of Brian Cant's career would be complete without 'Pugh, Pugh (never HUGH Pugh!) Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb...' 


  1. Brian's is the voice of my childhood too. Shame he never got the official recognition he deserved, but adults throughout the land remember him fondly I'm sure.

  2. Ah yes, happy memories of my childhood telly-watching. I see his son Peter (@petecant) was trying to get his dad trending on Twitter yesterday for his birthday and raise money for Parkinson's.

  3. Many happy memories! Time flies by when you're the presenter of so many great children's TV programmes. Happy Birthday, Brian!

  4. Gosh I never realise that Brian narrated Trumpton nor that there was not
    a Hugh; you live and learn. Don't forget Dappledown Farm which my
    daughter (now doing a PhD in Cambridge) woud watch with me in the
    mornings (very early)

  5. Definitely the voice of my childhood too! I really enjoyed watching those YouTube clips!

    *raises a glass to Brian*


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