Happy Birthday Bagpuss!
On this day in 1974 Bagpuss appeared on our televisions for the first time. Made by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate through their company Smallfilms. The series of 13 episodes was first broadcast from the 12th February to the 7th May 1974. The title character was "a saggy, old cloth cat, baggy, and a bit loose at the seams".Although only 13 episodes were made, it remains fondly remembered, and was frequently repeated in the UK until 1987. In early 1999, Bagpuss topped a BBC poll for the UK's favourite children's television programme.
Even as a teenager, as I was when Bagpuss started, I loved him. I couldn't resist buying this lovely Bagpuss toy for just 10p at a jumble sale last year. Even though he is just a "a saggy, old cloth cat" .
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