There were some amazing kids shows in the 70s and 80s! Long before the dawn of CGI and computer animation everything was done by hand. The results were simply beautiful and produced some much loved children’s content. Here is a list of 10 stop motion 80s kids programmes we loved when we were younger.
Bagpuss is a British children’s television series, made by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate. The series of 13 episodes was first broadcast from 12 February 1974 to 7 May 1974 through their company Smallfilms. The title character was “a saggy, old cloth cat, baggy, and a bit loose at the seams”. Although only 13 episodes were made, it remains fondly remembered, and was frequently repeated in the UK for 13 years. In 1999 Bagpuss topped a BBC poll for the UK’s favourite children’s TV programme.
2. Cockleshell Bay
Twins Robin and Rosie Cockle were the main characters. They lived at the Bucket and Spade guest house run by their parents Helen and Christopher. The family had moved to the Bay from an unknown city, because their parents had wanted to leave city life behind, and their father no longer wanted to work in a factory. Although Robin and Rosie frequently argued with each other, it was clear that they much enjoyed each other’s company. Gran Routy (who was no relation to the family, but was known as “Gran” due to her large number of grandchildren) helped out at the house. Robin and Rosie’s friends included Mr. Ezikiel Shipham (known locally as Mr Ship), Mr. Paddy Fingal and his donkey Fury (whom Mr. Ship looked after), as well as Ben Gunn the “pirate seagull”. In the later series Robin and Rosie had a baby sister called Holly.
3. The Flumps
The plot revolved around the various adventures of a family of furry characters called The Flumps. It was created and written by Julie Holder and narrated by Gay Soper. The theme tune was played by George Chisholm on the trombone. In 1978, the BBC released a record, The Flumps (REC 309), that had 4 stories from the TV series narrated and sung by Gay Soper: “Keep Fit”, “Balloons”, “Moon Shot” and “Something Different”.