The Clangers are unique, imaginary creatures; a family who live on a blue planet in space.
They are inquisitive and adventurous creatures, who are loving and supportive of each other and their friends, communicating with their now famous high-pitched Clanger whistles.
Tiny is Small's younger sister. She is instinctive and artistic. Tiny loves the music and sounds of the planet and she can often be found conducting the music trees.
Small is filled with a healthy curiosity for the world around him and has inherited much of his father’s passion for inventing things. He has an adventurous and impetuous spirit and shares a strong and loving bond with his sister, Tiny.
Mother Clanger is practical, inquisitive and loving. She can turn her hand to pretty much anything, particularly tending to her garden of weird and wonderful herbs and plants.
Major Clanger is the head of the household. He often creates new and 'useful' inventions, some of which actually work from time to time!
Granny Clanger is Major Clanger's mother. She knits with a passion, often making accessories and toys for the children. She has a sharp and agile mind and is a treasure trove of homespun wisdom.
The Soup Dragon lives underground, in the volcanic soup wells. The wells provide the soup that is the staple of the Clangers diet. She has a small son, Baby Soup Dragon, who lives with her.
The Froglets are very bouncy creatures with spring-like locomotion. They make strange ratchet noises and have the disconcerting habit of hopping here, there and everywhere. They can change colour for no apparent reason. The Froglets are mischievous, and live underground in a vertical lake.
The Iron Chicken lives in a nest made from scrap metal floating high above the Clangers planet. She is particularly fond of junk metal. The Iron Chicken and Tiny Clanger are close friends and share many adventures.
A family of little egg-shaped creatures who visit the Clangers planet from time to time. The Eggbots love to sing with the Clangers!
Blue cow like creatures with ears that act as wings. They roam the sky and feed on the weeds that occasionally spring up unwanted on the planet. Sometimes the Clangers are lucky enough to have a ride on their backs!
It all began in 1969...
Clangers was originally broadcast by the BBC in 1969–1972, and enjoys a cult following in the UK.
The first episode was broadcast on 16th November 1969, with a further 25 episodes being made. The series was made by Smallfilms, the company set up by Oliver Postgate (writer, animator and narrator) and Peter Firmin (modelmaker and illustrator). Firmin designed the characters, and his wife knitted and "dressed" the Clangers.
Clangers originated from a series of children's books which developed from another Smallfilms production, Noggin the Nog. In the 1967 story Noggin and the Moonmouse, a spacecraft landed which contained a mouse-like character in a duffel coat, who wanted fuel for his spacecraft.
When the BBC asked Smallfilms to produce a new series for colour television, but did not specify a storyline, Postgate concluded that because space exploration was particularly topical, the new series should be set in space. Postgate adapted the Moonmouse from the earlier story, removing its tail "because it kept getting into the soup!"
The name "Clangers" derives from the sound made by opening the metal coverof one of the creatures' crater-like burrows, each of which was covered with a door made from an old metal dustbin lid, to protect against meteorite impacts.
The distinctive whistles made by the Clangers, performed on swanee whistles, have become as identifiable as the characters themselves, much imitated by viewers. These whistles followed the rhythm and pitch of a script in English.
In October 2013, it was announced that a new series would be produced. The new series of Clangers began broadcasting on CBeebies (UK) and Sprout (US) in 2015.