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Premier :: 1974-02-12

on BBC One

Genre :: Animation

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Strange as it may seem, Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin made only 13 episodes of Bagpuss, but they've captured the imaginations of children for over a quarter of a century. Bagpuss is a cat who spends his time slumbering in a shop owned by Emily. The shop itself doesn't sell anything, and Emily seems a little young to be a shopkeeper - it is a most unusual shop, after all. Each week Emily brings Bagpuss objects to mend and repair. Bagpuss will wake up and examine them, in the company of his friends - including Madeleine the rag doll, and the mice from the Marvellous Mechanical Mouse Organ. All this happens under the watchful eye of Professor Yaffle, the carved woodpecker book end, who comments scathingly on the toys and the stories they tell. Then at some point, Bagpuss becomes very very tired, and they all go back to sleep. That's basically it, so why did this all happen? Simple - because Emily loved him.

Latest Episode

Series 1 - Episode 13 - Uncle Feedle
Aired - 07 May 1974

Episode summary:

Emily brings in a piece of cloth, which Charliemouse identifies as a house for a rag doll, which leads to a number of rag jokes from the mice. The mice fold up the cloth so that bagpuss can use it as a thinking cap, and think of the story of Uncle Feedle. Gabriel and Madeleine sing along.

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 1

+ Episode - 12 Flying Aired - 30 April 1974
+ Episode - 11 The Fiddle Aired - 23 April 1974
+ Episode - 9 The Giant Aired - 09 April 1974
+ Episode - 8 The Mouse Mill Aired - 02 April 1974
+ Episode - 7 The Elephant Aired - 26 March 1974
+ Episode - 6 The Wise Man Aired - 19 March 1974
+ Episode - 5 The Hamish Aired - 12 March 1974
+ Episode - 4 The Ballet Shoe Aired - 05 March 1974
+ Episode - 3 The Frog Princess Aired - 26 February 1974
+ Episode - 2 The Owls of Athens Aired - 19 February 1974
+ Episode - 1 Ship in a Bottle Aired - 12 February 1974

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