the Nog on BBC Four
BBC Four begins a season of films next week
Wonders of Iceland. And tucked away within the icey
is a real treat for toon fans in the shape of the Sagas of
Noggin the Nog!
Noggin was created by the SmallFilms duo of Oliver Postgate
and Peter Firmin, and the original black and white series
aired between 1959-1965. Now if you're any kind of Noggin
fan you will know that Mssrs Postagte and Firmin returned
to that brilliantly bleak and stormlashed realm once
in the early 80's, to bring us the stories of "Noggin
Ice Dragon and "Noggin and the Pie", in colour,
and it's these
two tales that are being aired.
Here's the scheduling:
Mon 9th May
7:30pm - Noggin and the Pie - Part One
10:50pm - Noggin and the Ice Dragon - Part One
Tues 10th May
7:30pm - Noggin and the Pie - Part Two
10:50pm - Noggin and the Ice Dragon - Part Two
Wed 11th May
10:50pm - Noggin and the Ice Dragon - Part Three
Thurs 12th May
10:50pm - Noggin and the Ice Dragon - Part Four
There's something so haunting about this production.
There's Peter's Firmin's imagery, his broiling
and mysterious shrouded cliffs and mountaintops. The
dwell in a legendary land, it's steaped in melancholy
Oliver Postgate's narration is completely hypnotic.
the warmth of a fireside within it, but there's
something cruel and dark, yet delicious and inviting
the lands of the North, where the black rocks
stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night
that is very long, the men of the Northlands sit
their great log fires and they tell a tale..."