BBC TV children's favourite Bagpuss is 50


Peter Firmin made Bagpuss and filmed it in his barn located in the vicinity of Canterbury, Kent.

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Bagpuss, the most enchanted, drooping, elderly, fabric feline in the entire universe, has turned 50.

The TV program aimed at kids was broadcasted for the first time on the 12th of February 1974. Emily, who is the daughter of one of the show's founders, was part of the production.

Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate collaborated to create Bagpuss, a loveable character who resided in a shop that served as a sanctuary for lost items.

"I feel quite aged as he is now 50 and I must have been approximately seven years old at the time the pictures were taken," expressed Emily, who is currently 58 years of age.

The creation of the stop motion animation took place in the barn of Mr. Firmin, located in Blean, which can be found in the outskirts of Canterbury in Kent.

Bagpuss frequently had the company of Professor Yaffle and Gabriel the Toad.

"He has proven to be timeless and remains popular. I believe my father would be extremely proud that he continues to be a favorite amongst many," stated Emily, an artist.

Although the show had just 13 episodes, it has been adored by viewers of all ages over the years. In fact, in 1999, it was even chosen as the top children's program of all time through voting.

Bagpuss used to become alive when Emily left her animal friends alone, and the appearance of the footage would switch from sepia to color.

Upon awakening, Bagpuss' companions also stirred from their slumber. These included Professor Yaffle, a bookend in the shape of a woodpecker, Gabriel, a toad, Madeleine, a rag doll, and the musical mice who resided on a wondrous mouse organ.

Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate, through their company Smallfilms, brought to life many beloved characters, including those from Pogle's Wood.

The source of the image is from Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Peter Firmin expressed that receiving a Bafta award in 2014 was a special and emotional experience.

They both checked out the object that Emily had given to them.

John Faulkner and Sandra Kerr lent their voices to Gabriel and Madeleine, respectively. They shared songs and tales, but the mice frequently joined in with their singing.

Bagpuss is currently being exhibited at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge in Canterbury.

"Every installment portrayed a unique plotline and encompassed numerous topics with a hint of learning. It's truly astounding how much of a following he has," remarked Emily.

I recall my sibling recollecting the instance where she arrived home from her educational institution and found the textile spread out all over our yard's grassy area. This was done so that our dad could proceed with the task of carving the fabric.

Watching movies made at my house was a common occurrence and it never felt unusual. It was a fantastic experience, involving all members of my family and focused on building strong familial bonds.

Harwich resident Mr. Firmin, along with Mr. Postgate, was responsible for creating Ivor the Engine and The Clangers. He was honored with a Bafta award in 2014 for "excellence in entertaining children" throughout his career.

He received a degree of honor at the University of Essex in the year 2015 and passed away in 2018.

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