Sunday, 18 January 2009

Just very sad to hear about Tony Hart, I wouldn't be doing what I do now if it wasn't for watching him. I met him once about 10 years ago when he was presenting the Art Box Bunch and he was lovely, frail but lovely. I worked in television for a long time and met lots of famous people but the only time I've ever felt star struck and shaked because I was so excited was meeting him.

In the 70's and 80's presenters like Tony Hart made art not only entertaining but gave you the inspiration to think that you could do it for a career. Who'd have known that years on I'd be working on SMart (Take Hart's poor relation) coming up with the makes; but it would never be the same as kids watching an incredible artist doing his own work and inspiring you - not just giving you the ingredients to build what they tell you to.

Children's TV has never been the same and it's a very sad loss all round........