1 9 6 9 – 1 9 7 4 (UK)
27 x 10 minute episodes
The Clangers were small pink knitted long-snouted mouse-shaped creatures who lived on a small blue planet with the Soup Dragon and ate blue string pudding and soup from said Dragon.
The Clangers planet was covered in metal lids under which they hid from the cold and the numerous objects falling from space – such a common occurrence that Major Clanger wore brass armour to protect himself from the falling objects.
The other notable Clangers were Mother Clanger, Tiny Clanger, Small Clanger and Granny Clanger. They shared their world not only with the Soup Dragon but also with the Glow Buzzers (who provided light for the Clangers caves and tasty Glow Honey) and the four conjuring Froglets, inexplicable orange, oval stick-legged creatures who travelled in a top hat and lived in a vertical pond deep within the planet.
This was a world where music grew on trees and where musical notes, when collected could be used to propel space-borne helicopters and boats.
Their closest neighbour was the Iron Chicken, who lived on a spiky nest of old scrap iron and bits of machinery which she had gathered up in her travels.
Each episode of The Clangers invariably had a message about we naughty Earthlings; polluting and over-crowding our own planet, sending junk into space, “invading” other planets with our space probes etc.
Creator Peter Firmin worked with the BBC on a remake of The Clangers in 2014. He was relieved to see that the new CGI Clangers really do still look like knitted toys come to life. The magic remains intact as far as he’s concerned.
Baby Soup Dragon
The Iron Chicken
Baby Iron Chicken