Ex-BBC children’s presenter and Mop and Smiff creator Mike Amatt dies

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Former BBC children's television presenter Mike Amatt has died at the age of 71.

His son Michael confirmed that his dad had passed away on June 28.

Mike was hugely important both behind the scenes and in front of the camera for many of the BBC's best-loved children's programmes.

The talented star was best known to fans for his role in Playschool. But as well as being the leading star of the show he also wrote it too.

Mike was also an illustrator who lived in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

Mike's son Michael revealed the tragic news that his father passed away on Monday, June 28.

The 27-year-old admitted that although he is saddened by the news, he will always remember the fond memories that he shared with his father.

Michael said: "He used to make up stories for us all the time, especially when we went on family holidays. The stories would be a clue to a treasure hunt."

He added: "He was a great dad and a good friend to a lot of people, he was always on hand to help."

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