Saturday, January 11, 2014

Royal Mail First Day Covers – Classic Children’s TV

The first stamps of the Royal Mail First Day Covers for 2014 have an interesting theme, Classic Children’s TV. Everyone has seen cartoons and enjoyed them as a child. One of my favourite, included in this collection, was Postman Pat. This new collection included 12 Mint Stamps, each one featuring original images from the chosen TV programmes; made even more charming and collectable by the fact that each character is breaking out of the standard stamp format. This collection includes the following characters:


Bagpuss: This unique creation from Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin was first broadcast in 1974. Bagpuss was set in a shop where the “saggy old cloth cat” lived with six mice, a banjo-playing toad called Gabriel, rag doll Madeleine and Professor Yaffle, a woodpecker bookend.
Paddington Bear: A Bear called Paddington, written by Michael Bond, was first published in 1958. Directed by Ivor Wood, the YV series was originally broadcast in 1975. Paddington is a marmalade-loving bear from Darkest Peru who is found at a London railway station and taken in by Mr and Mrs Brown.
Ivor the Engine: An early innovative production from Smallfilms, Ivo the Engine featured a small stream train working on a remote line in the “top left-hand corner of Wales”. Oliver Postgate used charmingly rudimentary techniques to animate Peter Firmin’s drawings of Ivor and his driver Jones the Steam.
The Wombles: Created by Elisabeth Beresford for a series of novels in 1968, the Wombles are resourceful creatures that live in a burrow under Wimbledon Common and collect and recycle rubbish. The stop-motion models directed by Ivor Wood, and the spin-off pop group, first appeared on British TV in 1973.
Postman Pat: Ivor Wood collaborated with writer John Cunliffe to bring Postman Pat to our screens in 1981. As he worked his route in bucolic Greendale, each stop-motion episode would see the postman distracted by the plight of one of the locals, including Alf Thompson and Mrs Goggins.
Bod the Builder: Making his debut in 1998, Bob the Builder is the brainchild of former Muppets designer Keith Chapman. As the world’s favourite builder, Bob’s ability to take on all kinds of different projects promotes a can-do attitude of positivity and the benefits of working together.
The Magic Roundabout: French animator Serge Danot created a 1960s stop motion series called Le Manege Enchante and was joined by Ivor Wood on the original French episodes. Eric Thompson wrote and narrated new stories for British viewers and in 1965 The Magic Roundabout made its UK television debut.
Andy Pandy: Devised by Freda Lingstrom and Maria Bird, Andy Pandy was first screened live in 1950. Narrator Vera McKechnie would address string puppets Andy Pandy, Teddy and Looby Loo directly, and encourage young viewers to sing and dance to the music and songs. 
Camberwick Green: Created by Gordon Murray and first screened in 1966, Camberwick Green featured stories about the folk of a picturesque rural village. The electric group of residents at the heart of each episode included Peter the Postman, Windy Miller, Dr Mopp and Farmer Jonathan Bell.
Shaun the Sheep: First appearing in the Oscar-winning 1995 Wallace and Gromit films A Close Shave, Shaun the Sheep graduated to his own TV series in 2007. Shaun is a sheep who doesn’t follow the flock – in fact, he leads it into all sorts of scrapes, turning peace at Mossybottom Farm into mayhem in the meadow.
Mr Benn: It all began in Festing Road, Putney, where author and illustrator David McKee lived. He used the street as the inspiration for Festive Road, the home of Mr Benn. In each episode Mr Benn would visit a fancy –dress shop, try on different costumes and have adventures in exciting places.
Peppa Pig: Peppa is a lovable, cheeky little piggy who lives with her little brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa’s favourite things include playing games, dressing up and jumping in muddy puddles. The show sees its 10-year anniversary in 2014 and Peppa will be wearing her golden boots to celebrate!

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