|BC501||Classic Childrens TV Bagpuss cover - unsigned edition||£35.00||Limited Availability|
|BC501S||Classic Childrens TV Bagpuss first day cover signed by Emily Firmin - the real Emily from Bagpuss||£40.00||Buy Now|
|BC501S2||Special double signed edition - autographed by both Peter Firmin (Bagpuss creator) AND Emily Firmin||£45.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 07/01/2014
Issue Name: Classic Children's TV: Bagpuss
Producer: Buckingham Covers
1974. An old, saggy cloth cat first first appears on TV - and steals the nation's hearts. 40 years on, Bagpuss is just as loved. The baggy toy cat, loose around the seams, created by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate has become an icon of British childhood. And a favourite of collectors. In 1999, Bagpuss topped a BBC poll for the UK's favourite children's TV programme. This cover celebrates both 40 years of Bagpuss AND the NEW Classic Children's TV stamps.
Bagpuss, Classic Children's TV
it was 1958. Oliver Postgate was working on children's television programmes in London, which went out live. He had the idea of starting a film animation company to make low budget pre-recorded programmes for children and Smallfilms started up. The first series, Ivor the Engine, was shot in 1959 for ITV in black and white, with artwork and models by Peter Firmin and stories, script and production by Oliver Postgate.
It was the beginning of their many classic animations for children such as Noggin the Nog, Pingwings, Pogles' Wood, The Clangers and Bagpuss, which was voted the most popular programme for children in 1999, twenty five years after it was first made.
There were just thirteen episodes of Bagpuss. They all started the same way when a little girl called Emily would find lost and broken things which she would display in the window of her shop. She would leave them in front of her favourite toy, a large saggy, baggy, pink striped cat named Bagpuss. When Emily said the magic words, Bagpuss and all the other toys woke up. With the help of stories and songs, the mice would work to mend the object so that whoever had lost it could claim it again. Then Bagpuss would start yawning and, as he fell asleep, they would all become toys again.
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