The Special issue "Classic Children's TV" by Royal Mail celebrates the 40th anniversary of Bagpuss, considered the most popular British children's TV character of all time; and the 50th anniversary of The Magic Roundabout, another perennial favourite. While all of these shows were created with young children in mind, they indisputably share the power to entertain adults too.
All 12 issued stamps feature original images from the chosen British TV programmes. Made even more charming and collectable by the fact that each character is breaking out of the standard stamp format.
The stamps' characters are:
Andy Pandy: First screened in 1950, Andy Pandy co-starred with Teddy and Looby Loo.
Ivor the Engine: Ivor the Engine worked in the "top left-hand corner of Wales" from 1959.
Dougal - The Magic Roundabout: Created by Serge Danot, this popular series made its UK debut in 1965.
Windy Miller - Camberwick Green: Broadcast from 1966, the series was narrated by Play School's Brian Cant
Mr Benn: Mr Benn appeared in 1971, and the shopkeeper appeared "as if by magic".
Great Uncle Bulgaria - The Wombles: The Wombles introduced us all to the idea of recycling way back in 1973.
Bagpuss: This "saggy old cloth cat" first appeared on our Television screens in 1974.
Paddington Bear: The well-meaning bear from Darkest Peru found TV stardom in 1975.
Postman Pat: The friendly postman first appeared in 1981, together with his cat Jess.
Bob the Builder: Can he fix it? Yes he can, and he's been doing so ever since 1998.
Peppa Pig: This lovable and cheeky little pig celebrates her 10th anniversary in 2014.
Shaun the Sheep: Following "A Close Shave" in 1995, Shaun graduated to TV in 2007.