The Bagpuss Show
In the early 70's John Faulkner and I were asked to write the songs and music for a children's TV series called Bagpuss. Twelve 15 minute programmes of animated puppets based around a legendary fluffly cat called Bagpuss and created for the BBC by the masters of animated puppetry at the time; Oliver Postgate and Peter Fermin.
The series ran and ran, was hugely popular and was repeated for over a decade. So much so that twenty years later Channel Four bought the rights from the BBC for another ten years.
In Britain it was voted the ‘best children's TV show of all time’. In a new international listing of the greatest TV cult series ever made, compiled to mark the release of the reference book "The Penguin Television Companion" it was voted 20th being beaten by the likes of "Doctor Who", "Star Trek", "Monthy Python" and "The Simpsons".
With the delightful and musically brilliant addition of Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, John and I present a live show of the music and songs and some of the stories from Bagpuss.
We’ve played theatres all over the country, and many folk festivals, including Cambridge, Sidmouth and Whitby, to great acclaim. I am immensely proud to have been involved in this series: it’s ecological theme of re-use and re-cycling is timely and satisfyingly anti-consumerist – and besides which, we had an absolutely hilarious time making the films!’
Cat that got the cream of British music - From Sunday Times