Sun­day 10 The Clangers 6pm, CBee­bies

Sunday Herald Life - - TV & RADIO -

JUST in time, The Clangers are back, to show us all how to be­have. It was never go­ing to be the won­der­ful 1970s orig­i­nal, of course, but when it ap­peared in 2015, the first se­ries of this bright 21st cen­tury re­boot of the beloved, hand-knit­ted chil­dren’s clas­sic was an ab­so­lute joy. Okay, it’s never as truly idio­syn­cratic as the show the peer­less Oliver Post­gate made al­most 50 years ago, and doesn’t feel quite so DIY. But, over­seen by his son, Daniel, so much of the sly, wise old spirit still beats through ev­ery frame of the stop-mo­tion. And Michael Palin’s nar­ra­tion is like get­ting a hug in a big, new, soft wool cardi­gan. Back for a sec­ond se­ries, in this first of 26 daily episodes, Mother Clanger, Ma­jor Clanger and the Soup Dragon fall out, then re­alise they’re be­ing silly, and make friends again. This should be com­pul­sory view­ing for ev­ery world leader. But as long as there are peo­ple out there work­ing to make things like this, there’s hope for hu­man­ity.

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