1974 | United Kingdom

Classic children's series that, in spite of only appearing in 13 adventures, was voted in a BBC poll as the most popular children's TV programme of all time. 

The stories were set in a lost and found shop owned by a Victorian girl named Emily, who would bring in various items that she had discovered with the object of repairing them and returning them to their rightful owner. To do this she was assisted by Bagpuss, a fat pink and white striped cloth cat, who would spring to life (and colour) at the sound of Emily's voice. Bagpuss, dear Bagpuss, old fat furry cat-puss. Wake up and look at this thing that I bring, wake up, be bright, be golden light, Bagpuss, oh hear what I sing. Bagpuss was ably assisted by Professor Yaffle the book-end woodpecker, Madeline the rag doll, Gabriel the banjo-playing toad, and the mice of the Marvellous Mechanical Mouse Organ. 

The series was written and narrated by Oliver Postgate, who along with Peter Firmin was responsible for numerous other children's series' including The Saga of Noggin The Nog, The Pingwings, The Clangers, and Ivor The Engine. The series is often repeated and in 1999 was made available on one single three hour video. 

Published on November 28th, 2018. Written by Laurence Marcus for Television Heaven.