Oliver Postgate was born in 1925. He is the grandson of George Lansbury prewar leader of the Labour Party. He is the cousin of Anglea Lansbury and, by marriage, Peter Ustinov. His father was Raymond Postgate, creator of The Good Food Guide. Oliver wrote, narrated and filmed Bagpuss, the Clangers, Ivor the Engine, Noggin the Nog and Pogle's Wood, among many others, while his partner Peter Firmin drew the pictures and made the puppets. All their best known work was produced in a cowshed near Whitstable.