Play School presenter Brian Cant has died, aged 83

Play School and Play Away presenter Brian Cant dies at 83

Brian Cant at the EE British Academy Children’s Awards 2010

TV presenter Brian Cant has died at the age of 83, it has been confirmed.

Brian was born in Ipswich in 1933 and got his big break in 1964 as a presenter of Play School and later the show's spin-off Play Away.

"He lived courageously with Parkinson's Disease for a long time".

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".

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

He passed away at Denville Hall, a retirement home often used by those in the entertainment industry.

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

Cant's previous work included appearances in the 1995 film, A Feast at Midnight, starring Christopher Lee and the BBC One daytime drama, Doctors.

As well as presenting children's shows he also provided voices for animated children's series like Camberwick Green and Chigley.

In Trumpton he voiced the famous fire-brigade roll call of "Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb".

Brian Cant appeared in two Doctor Who stories.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1999.

Meanwhile, Derek Griffiths posted a throwback photo of the Play School cast, writing: "Sad to hear about the passing of Brian Cant".

He married writer and director Cherry Britton in 1984 and they had three children. We wrote and performed together for two years.

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