Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme kicks-off 2014 with an issue that celebrates over 60 years of Classic Children’s TV.
Twelve of the most popular characters from children’s television are included in the set. The full line-up features Andy Pandy; Ivor the Engine; Dougal - from The Magic Roundabout; Windy Miller - from Camberwick Green; Mr Benn; Great Uncle Bulgaria - from The Wombles; Bagpuss; Paddington Bear; Postman Pat; Bob the Builder; Peppa Pig and Shaun the Sheep. 2014 will mark the 40th anniversary of Bagpuss first appearing on TV. The saggy cloth cat is continually cited as one of the most favourite British children’s TV character of all time.
The year will also mark the 50th anniversary of The Magic Roundabout. The prolific British animator Ivor Wood created Dougal, one of the show’s memorable characters, who also ranks highly in people’s affections. Wood also went on to animate Paddington Bear and Postman Pat for TV. Each decade since the 1950s is represented in this issue. Even the older programmes have been frequently repeated and new series created of them. Such is the popularity of these characters, that 2014 will see the films ‘Postman Pat: The Movie’ and ‘Paddington’ hit the big-screen at cinemas nationwide.
2015 will see a return to television for The Wombles and a new CGI series giving them a high-tech makeover.
Andrew Hammond, Royal Mail Stamps, said: “For over 60 years, Britain’s children’s TV characters have brought cheer to generations of viewers.
“More importantly it has presented us with a cast of characters that, like the memories of the programmes themselves, remain with us throughout our lives.
”It feels appropriate to celebrate all of these unforgettable characters on a set of very special stamps.” The new issue stamps are available from January 7th online at www.royalmail.com/childrenstv, by phone on 08457 641 641 or in 10,000 Post Offices throughout the UK.