Readers of a certain age may remember when children's TV consisted of Watch With Mother on the BBC after the lunchtime news or Rainbow etc on the other side. Then there would be an afternoon film or two that lasted until school finished. When the TV was ours again! Until 5:40pm when the evening news started.
Five minutes before the news, there was a short cartoon There was Ludwig, a magical gemstone that lived in a forest. Willo the Wisp, a blue floating creature. The Magic Roundabout and The Wombles ... (I'll stop now)
Smallfilms was the name given to the partnership of Oliver Postgate (writer, animator and narrator) and Peter Firmin (modelmaker and illustrator). They made television programmes for children from 1959 to the 1980s.
The Clangers, the adventures of a family of mice-like creatures who lived on a small, blue planet with their friends the Soup Dragon and the Froglets.
Bagpuss, "A saggy, old cloth cat, baggy, and a bit loose at the seams" belonging to Emily.
They were shared with the Tubblet when she was small. There's something special about passing a piece of your childhood onto the next generation. But not without risk. They may hate it. Fortunately, the Tubblet didn't. (I'm not big on parenting advice, but if you think them not liking it will really upset you, it might be better to leave well alone).
The V&A Museum of Childhood had a tiny exhibition of props from Smallfilms a few months ago so off we went.
The Museum is absolutely fascinating. It has children's toys and clothes from all centuries. You're bound to recognise something you played with or wore. It's a great conversation starter. Yes, I did wear a purple cord dresses with a floral pattern purchased from Tammy Girl. With blue plastic shoes and lacy tights. I thought I looked marvellous. It was the 70's. (Enough said).
Hope you enjoy the photos:
|Clangers, the Soup Dragon and a few Froglets|
|Professor Yaffle the Woodpecker, Gabriel the Frog and Madeline the Rag Doll|
|The Marvellous, Mechanical Mouse Organ and occupants|
|Bagpuss, oh Bagpuss, oh big furry cat puss ...|
What were your favourite TV programmes when you were growing up? What childhood things have you passed along?
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