Do you remember Bagpuss – the ‘old, saggy cloth cat, baggy, and a bit loose at the seams’ who presided over a shop dedicated to mending things? Well latest news is that it might be returning to our screens, which will be wonderful if they don’t attempt to modernise it. I have such fond memories of watching this show as a child.
Each programme would begin with a little girl called Emily who would find lost and broken things and display them in the window, so their owners could come and collect them. The object would be left in front of her favourite stuffed toy, Bagpuss, she would and recite the following verse
‘Bagpuss, dear Bagpuss
Old Fat Furry Catpuss
Wake up and look at this thing that I bring
Wake up, be bright, be golden and light
Bagpuss, oh hear what I sing’
When Emily had left, Bagpuss would wake up. The shop would also come to life: a toad called Gabriel; a rag doll called Madeleine; a wooden woodpecker bookend that became Professor Yaffle; and mice carved on the side of the ‘mouse organ’ would wake and scurry around. The mice would mend the broken object, (with their squeaky song ” we will fix it” or was it “mend it”?) which would then be put in the shop window. Then Bagpuss would start yawning again, and as he fell asleep the colour faded to sepia and they all became toys again