Tuesday 30 November 2010

Never Too Quickly, Never Too Slowly

The great Brian Cant, the voice of children’s TV has just been honoured with a Lifetime’s Achievement award.

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I read an interview once where he explained that as a young man, wife wife, child and mortgage, he was an out-of-work actor and money was tight. His wife encouraged him to audition for a children’s TV job [which became Playschool] All the others there were much younger, straight from RADA. The man came in and said ‘I want you to be trains’ So Brian [a Dad] got on his knees and went ‘choo!choo!’ [whilst the youngsters stared] He got the job – the rest is history…

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"When I became a man I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child and they paid me for it," he said as he accepted his prize

Come on everyone, join in ‘Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew…’

Thanks Brian, for so much brilliant children’s TV down the years.


  1. Oh how we loved Trumpton! My children always thought that the chant ended 'Cuthbert, Dibble SPROUT' said very loudly!

  2. you do know the Greek alphabet goes
    ...lambda, mu, nu, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb.....

  3. Ah thank you Angela, that was lovely, it has brought back such happy memories of watching childrens tv with each of my three boys. Brian Cant - he was great. I'd forgotten all about him.

  4. I'm 48 (and 3/4) and remember all the words!
    Jane x

  5. His voice resonated through my childhood, he's, as my children would say at school, a legend!


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