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Bagpuss Creator Receives Special Bafta Honour

When it comes to much loved classic children’s TV characters, a saggy old cloth cat known as Bagpuss certainly takes come beating.

Therefore it is apt that animator Peter Firmin who co-created the Bagpuss puppet with the late Oliver Postgate has just recently received a special Bafta honour. He was recognised for his outstanding contribution to children’s media and the entertainment industry.

The accolade is very apt considering that this year marks the 40th anniversary of this fondly remembered Children’s television character. It was way back in 1974 that Bagpuss originally yawned and stretched his way onto our screens when 13 episodes each of 15 minutes duration were aired.

Each of the episodes referred in some way to the various lost and broken objects a little girl named Emily found in her shop including a broken figurine of a Chinese man, an elephant with its ears missing, and a tartan porcupine pin cushion.

Demonstrating the popularity of the programme created by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate, the series was repeated a staggering 27 times charming the hearts and minds of several generations!

The enduring appeal of Bagpuss was further realised when it was named the country’s favourite BBC children’s programme of all time in the 1990’s. Bagpuss is certainly one cool cat and one cool brand with millions of adoring fans captivated by ‘an old, saggy cloth cat, baggy, and a bit loose at the seams’.

We learn that unfortunately there is no remake of Bagpuss planned by Peter Firmin who made all the puppets and sets himself alongside Oliver Postgate who wrote the scripts and did the animation.

As well as Bagpuss, puppet maker Peter Firmin also created other popular classic children’s TV characters including Ivor the Engine, Clangers and Pogles’ Wood.

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