Bagpuss was a British children's television programme created by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate. It ran from February 12 to the May 7, 1974.
The episode starts with a series of sepia photographs, and Emily bringing an object home to Bagpuss, who would take a look at the object. The mice then come and look at the object while singing a version of "Sumer Is Icumen In". Throughout the show, Madeline and Gabriel play music.
- Bagpuss, the main character; a fat cat with pink and white stripes. Bagpuss is inanimate until Emily sings the song at the beginning.
- Emily, a little girl who owns Bagpuss, and brings lost objects home in case someone notices them.
- The mice, several mice who live in a large organ called "The Marvelous Mechanical Mouse Organ". They fix the objects that are brought home.
- Professor Yaffle, a wooden bookend in the shape of a woodpecker. Professor Yaffle guesses what the object is, often getting it wrong.
- Gabriel the Toad, a toad that plays the banjo.
- Madeline the Rag Doll, a rag doll that sings.
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|1||Ship in a Bottle||12 February 1974||Some splints of wood are shaken out of a bottle by the mice. Bagpuss tells a story about mermaids and the magic repairs the model ship. The mice put it back into the bottle and raise the sails.|
|2||The Owls of Athens||19 February 1974||A dirty rag reveals a picture of an owl. Once cleaned, Madeleine recounts a story explaining why owls sound like they do. Gabriel recounts in song the story of a king who needed a cushion to sit on.|
|3||The Frog Princess||26 February 1974||Assorted jewels, which initially are thought to represent a cat and mouse but which Gabriel decides were the crown jewels of a frog princess.|
|4||The Ballet Shoe||5 March 1974||Put to inventive use by the mice, and the subject of a very silly song about its possible use as a rowing boat.|
|5||The Hamish||12 March 1974||A tartan porcupine pincushion, and a legend of a small, soft creature from Scotland.|
|6||The Wise Man||19 March 1974||A broken figurine of a Chinese man (the Wise Man of Ling-Po, Yaffle explains) and a turtle.|
|7||The Elephant||26 March 1974||An elephant missing its ears.|
|8||The Mouse Mill||2 April 1974||A wooden toy mill demonstrated by the mice to make chocolate biscuits out of butterbeans and breadcrumbs. This turns out to be a mischievous fraud. Gabriel and Madeleine sing a song about how ploughmen, farmers, millers, and bakers work at different stages of bread production. Even stern old Professor Yaffle cries.|
|9||The Giant||9 April 1974||A statuette, and a lesson about how sizes are relative.|
|10||The Old Man's Beard||16 April 1974||A tangly plant (Clematis vitalba seeding), and a loom for weaving.|
|11||The Fiddle||23 April 1974||A fiddle that plays itself, and a leprechaun.|
|12||Flying||30 April 1974||A basket that the mice attempt to turn into a flying machine. Professor Yaffle recites a poem about Percy Pratt, a man who apparently invented the aeroplane.|
|13||Uncle Feedle||7 May 1974||A piece of cloth, destined to be a house for a rag doll.|