Happy 50th Birthday Bagpuss!

Happy 50th Birthday Bagpuss!

Bagpuss, the most magical, saggy, old, cloth cat in the whole wide world, is 50

The eternal favourite children's show first aired on 12 February 1974.

The stop motion animations were made by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate in Peter's barn in Blean, just outside Canterbury, Kent. Bagpuss lived in a shop that was a home for lost property. (Trivia: the shop window was also Peter's home, and Emily his real life daughter - Emily!

Together with Gabriel the Toad, Professor Yaffel the Woodpecker Bookend and Madeleine the Rag Doll (and not forgetting the Organ Mice) they inspected whatever item Emily had left them.

Today, Bagpuss is on show at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge in Canterbury.