Postman Pat creator John Cunliffe has died aged 85

Lewis Collier
September 28, 2018

Best known for Postman Pat and Rosie and Jim, Mr Cunliffe was the author of about 190 books for young children, including five volumes of poetry, as well as picture books and collections of stories.

"John Left his Ilkley home in a deluge of rain on Thursday, September 20, never to return", said the obituary in the Ilkley Gazette.

The man behind beloved kids' TV shows Rosie And Jim and Postman Pat has died aged 85.

Set in a rural community with rolling hills and valleys, it was inspired by the small towns and villages where Cuncliffe lived in the Lake District.

The popular series was aired on the BBC and ran for eight seasons, with a total of 196 episodes.

He also appeared in Rosie and Jim as the pair's boat driver, who they referred to as "Fizzgog".

He also worked on the Magic Roundabout, The Wombles, The Herbs and Paddington Bear and wrote 150 books of poetry and novels for children.

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In 2010 he released Ghosts, a children's story for the iPad.

Fiona Movley chairperson of the Harrogate International Festivals tweeted it was "sad news" that the "gifted creator John Cunliffe has died".

"The way the notice reads in the #Ilkley Gazette, this morning, is very fitting".

John wrote the original scripts and the show was directed by animator Ivor Wood.

Another person commented: 'RIP #JohnCunliffe My daughter was a massive fan of postman pat & rosie and jim growing up back in the late 90's early 00's'. Rosie & Jim will forever be my favourite'.

A prolific children's writer in his later years, he leaves behind a legacy that will ensure while he is gone, John Cunliffe's contributions will never be forgotten.

A third penned: "RIP John Cunliffe".

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