Brian Cant, Play School presenter, dies at 83 – BBC News

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Children’s speaker Brian Cant has died when justin was 83.

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

Their agent said he had been coping with Parkinson’s disease and died on Denville Hall, a retirement house often used by those in the enjoyment industry.

A declaration from the family said: “He resided courageously with Parkinson’s disease for a long period. ”

Cant seemed to be a guest presenter on Jackanory plus appeared on ITV’s Dappledown Plantation, which ran from 1990 in order to 2003.

He obtained his big break when he or she auditioned for Play School, whenever part of the audition required him in order to climb into a cardboard box.

‘Comedy genius’

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

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

She informed BBC News: “He was completely devoted to making children happy — he introduced children to humor with zany jokes and his humorous sketches. ”

Baroness Benjamin, who joined Play College in 1976, said she adored working with Cant. “We bounced away one another, we thought of new suggestions of things to do, ” she mentioned.

Picture caption Brian Cant along with Humpty and Chloe Ashcroft along with Jemima. two of the Play College presenters

Brian Cant: A much cherished part of childhood – by Jesse Silitto, Arts correspondent

For millions his voice instantly evokes childhood.

Within the early ’60s – an season casting in which he was asked in order to sit in a cardboard box resulted in a job on a new programme known as Play School.

Delivered in Ipswich, he trained being a printer before having a go on acting.

The comfortable, friendly voice was perfect for one more children’s venture – Trumpton, Camberwick Green – and the slightly more commercial Chigley.

If it seems as though it was recorded in a cabinet, it’s because it was.

Together with Play Away, Bric a Brac and other programmes he was portion of children’s TV for more than two decades.

He wrote plus appeared on stage, but more than something he was – for many : a much loved part of childhood.


Cant’s Play School co-presenter and former Coronation Street superstar Derek Griffiths paid tribute upon Twitter, posting a reunion picture of the team.

Former Blackadder star Sir Tony a2z Robinson also tweeted : “Brian Cannot was my mentor and buddy on Play Away. We had written and performed together for two many years. Always patient, courteous and amusing P-L-A-Y R-I-P. ”

Image copyright Twitter/Derek Griffiths

Cant was honored with a special Children’s Bafta prize in 2010.

In a BBC interview, he explained that he have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1999.

He said the one thing he needed children to take away from his function was “that I made all of them laugh, I made them really feel happy”.

On getting his Bafta, Cant said: “One of the main rules of those Enjoy School days was that we should enjoy to the camera as though we were speaking with one child, in whatever situation.

“It might be somebody in a tower block, a pleasant semi-detached somewhere, or a Royal structure. You had to phrase everything therefore , whoever was watching it, these people felt you were talking to them. inch


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