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Old Bear Stories (1993)
A fantastic piece of children's television that everyone should see.
I used to watch this show when i was a kid, but i only rediscovered it recently when they started showing it on Channel 5. It is a truly wonderful show that makes you feel warm inside every time you watch. It follows the story of a group of living toys who have adventures inside a house. A pretty simple and familiar premise, certainly, but when you take into account that this show was made in the early 90s even before Toy Story, you can see how Old Bear Stories has been influential. I'm sure there was a book that predated the TV show as well.
Filled with some great characters (Old bear, the extremely cute little bear, bramble, dog and zebra) and the greatest TV theme of all time (the line "sit in your favourite chair" still always makes me laugh for some reason) it is an absolute joy to watch, and with each episode only ten minutes in length, it never outstays its welcome. Most of the stories involve the toys being annoyed at not being able to do something (e.g. win a race, grow an apple tree) and they usually find some amusing way around the problem. It is always enjoyable to see how they misunderstand things from the real world, and change them to suit the toy world. Also of note is the animation, which is neither cartoon nor puppets, but sort of stop-motion with real toys and it works really well, giving a real lifelike feel to it that other shows don't have.
So make sure you catch this show, showing on Channel 5 over Christmas 2004 at 6:30am on weekdays. It's great.