Play School presenter Brian Cant dies

Play School and Play Away presenter Brian Cant dies at 83

Play School and Play Away presenter Brian Cant dies at 83

Brian Cant, best known for presenting BBC's Play School and Play Away, has died aged 83 after battling Parkinson's disease, his agent has confirmed. He said: "One of the main rules of those "Play School" days was that we should play to the camera as though we were talking to one child, in whatever circumstance".

He stayed with the programme for 21 of its 24-year run and became known to British children across the country as "Mr Play School".

The programme, aimed at pre-school children, ran for almost 25 years from 1964 until 1988 and Brian Cant was with it for most of its run.

Born 12 July 1933, he joined BBC Two programme Play School from it's first episode, and was hired after he was asked during his audition to sit in a cardboard box and pretend to "row out to sea".

He famously voiced the Trumpton Fire Brigade roll call of 'Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb'.

However for most people in the United Kingdom Brian Cant will be lovingly remembered for his work on children's television.

He died at Denville Hall, a retirement home for those in the entertainment industry.

A family statement said: "It is with great sadness that we, his family, have to announce that Brian Cant has died aged 83 at Denville Hall".

At the time, he reflected on his long career in television.

'It's obviously very kind and very rewarding to have that effect but I can't believe it was that important to everyone, ' he said. And former Blackadder star Sir Tony Robinson also tweeted: "Brian Cant was my mentor and friend on Play Away".

He married writer and director Cherry Britton in 1984 and they had three children.

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