Or stick them on …to your letters [if you still send real letters, and are rich enough to afford first class stamps] The new Children’s TV stamps go on sale today. Here’s a nostalgia fest for you all…
- Andy Pandy First screened in 1950, Andy Pandy co-starred with Teddy and Looby Loo. I thought it was very odd the way they lived all in that basket
- Ivor the Engine Ivor the Engine worked in the ‘top left-hand corner of Wales’ from 1959. Oliver Postgate narrated
- Dougal - The Magic Roundabout Created by Serge Danot, it made its UK debut in 1965. Rewritten in English by Eric Thompson [father of Emma, and husband of Phyllida Law]
- Windy Miller - Camberwick Green Broadcast from 1966, narrated by Play School’s Brian Cant. Wonderful man!
- Mr Benn Mr Benn appeared in 1971, the shopkeeper appeared ‘as if by magic’. By David McKee who also gave us Elmer the Patchwork Elephant
- Great Uncle Bulgaria - The Wombles. The Wombles introduced us all to the idea of recycling way back in 1973.
- Bagpuss This ‘saggy old cloth cat’ first appeared on our Television screens in 1974. And Emily loved him. Another Postgate Triumph
- Paddington Bear. The bear from Darkest Peru found TV stardom in 1975. Jeremy Clarkson’s parents got rich making the toy bears!
- Postman Pat The friendly postman first appeared in 1981, together with his cat Jess. In the days before they sold off the Royal Mail! [btw his surname is Clifton]
- Bob the Builder Can he fix it? Yes he can, and he’s been doing so ever since 1998. He has no surname. I’m quite fond of Bobs who can fix things!
- Peppa Pig This lovable and cheeky little pig celebrates her 10th anniversary in 2014. She’s that old??!!
- Shaun the Sheep Following ‘A Close Shave’ in 1995, Shaun graduated to TV in 2007. From the talented Aardman Studios
I am rather relieved that neither Teletubbies nor Iggle Piggle have made it on to this list of ‘classics’. Does that make me a snob?
Who is your favourite out of this lot? Which did you watch as a child, with younger siblings, with your own offspring, or your grandchildren?