Brian Cant, presenter of Play School and Play Away, dies aged 83

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Giugno 20, 2017

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 appeared in Doctors in 2011.

The statement added: "Brian was best known and well-loved for his children's programmes Play School and Play Away and was honoured by Bafta in 2010".

A statement from the family said: 'He lived courageously with Parkinson's disease for a long time'.

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".

Cant's voice is also familiar to viewers of the animated series Trumpton, Camberwick Green and Chigley as he narrated the tales of Windy Miller, Chippy Minton and Pc McGarry.

Denville Hall is a retirement home often used by those in the entertainment industry.

"Donations would be most appreciated to Denville Hall and the Actors" Benevolent Fund'.

He was honoured with a special Children's Bafta accolade in 2010.

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. And former Blackadder star Sir Tony Robinson also tweeted: "Brian Cant was my mentor and friend on Play Away". We wrote and performed together for two years.

Brian Cant was married twice, and had five children, three by his second marriage to Cherry Britton.

Cant's Play School co-presenter Derek Griffiths paid tribute on Twitter, posting a reunion picture of the team.

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