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Happy Birthday Bagpuss! TV’s Cool Cat Turns 40

Not only did he rock candy stripes so well and know the true meaning of the work ‘chillax,’ Bagpuss was the ultimate tea-time fave. And, guess what? He’s 40 years old.

Be prepared to feel old – tomorrow marks the 40th birthday of the classic television character Bagpuss. The much-loved pink striped cat, described as an ‘old, saggy cloth cat, baggy and a bit loose at the seams’ will have the purrrfect year, full of celebrations and new product launches.

Bagpuss was the brainchild of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, who also created of Clangers and Ivor the Engine. There were actually only 13 episodes filmed, with the first aired in 1974. But this kids’ TV show was so loved it was on pretty much constant repeat for the next 13 years!

Despite no longer being on television, the cuddly cat’s fan base is still going strong – shown by the fact that Channel 5 viewers recently voted Bagpuss the third greatest kids TV programme of all time, and best character show, in a nostalgic countdown of the 50 best British children’s TV series over the past 60 years.

This kids’ TV show was so loved it was on pretty much constant repeat for the next 13 years!

Fans of the show will be able to join the celebrations throughout the year by watching HD, digitally re-mastered episodes of the original series at Picture House Cinemas throughout the UK. New DVDs, books and other Bagpuss themed products will also be launched to mark the landmark anniversary. So keep your eyes peeled for collectable Royal Mail stamps, pet accessories, clothing and even garden seeds to get your little one appreciating the puss.

We've included this video to remind you just how amazing Bagpuss was...

Bagpuss isn't the only popular children's character being celebrated at the moment. Book character Paddington Bear has also been brought back to life recently by babyGap in an oh-so-cute collection.

Which kids TV programmes do you wish would be brought back? Let us know in the comments box below.

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