A melancholic children's animation from the 'Smallfilms' team of Postgate and Firmin. Bagpuss and his friends are toys in a turn of the century shop for 'found things'. When young Emily ... See full summary »
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Oliver Postgate ...
 Bagpuss / ... (13 episodes, 1974)
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 Madeleine the Rag Doll / ... (13 episodes, 1974)
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 Gabriel the Toad / ... (13 episodes, 1974)
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A melancholic children's animation from the 'Smallfilms' team of Postgate and Firmin. Bagpuss and his friends are toys in a turn of the century shop for 'found things'. When young Emily brings them a new object, the toys come to life to work out what the strange new thing could possibly be. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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The "shop" featured in Bagpuss was in reality the rear of Peter Firmin's house. He decided it looked appropriate for the series and cast his daughter Emily as the girl in the monochrome introduction. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a little girl and her name was Emily, and she had a shop.
[picture of Emily's shop appears]
Narrator: There it is. It was rather an unusual shop because it didn't sell anything. You see, everything in that shop window was a thing that somebody had once lost, and Emily had found, and brought home to Bagpuss.
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Is there still magic in kids' TV?
30 August 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Bagpuss - as with all Smallfilms productions - has aged beautifully, retaining all the charm and magic it had three decades ago. There were only 13 episodes, but it still stands out as a true classic of children's entertainment in the UK.

Bagpuss, The Clangers, Noggin The Nog and Ivor The Engine worked because of an immense investment of imagination from creators Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin. Their work was truly magical - a blessing that today's TV seems to lack.

In 30 years time, will any of today's kids' shows be remembered as fondly?


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