14/08/2014 16:57 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

From Bagpuss To Peppa Pig: Classic Children's TV Characters Get The Stamp Of Approval


Our favourite children's television characters from the fifties to the present day are celebrated on new Royal Mail stamps to mark 60 years of children's programming.

"For over 60 years, Britain's children's TV characters have brought cheer to generations of viewers," said Andrew Hammond from Royal Mail Stamps.

"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."

Old favourites being featured include: Andy Pandy, Ivor the Engine, Dougal from The Magic Roundabout, Windy Miller from Camberwick Green, Mr Benn, The Wombles' Great Uncle Bulgaria, Bagpuss, Paddington Bear and Postman Pat. While Bob the Builder, Peppa Pig and Shaun the Sheep represent more recent programmes.

Fans of children's TV will be pleased to learn that the stamps aren't the only way to see some old favourites this year as big-screen versions of Postman Pat and Paddington Bear are scheduled to be released in UK cinemas in 2014.

The Classic Children's TV stamps are available from 7th January online or in Post Offices throughout the UK.

Is your favourite included in the selection? If not, which children's TV characters would you like to see commemorated on a stamp? Let us know in the comments section below.

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