Best 70s Children’s TV Programmes


Best 70s Children's TV Programmes. Image shows bagpuss, the pink and white striped toy cat sat alongside his friends.

Bagpuss has just turned 50! To celebrate let’s take a look back at some of the best children’s TV programmes of the 70s.

Children’s TV was exceptional in the 70s, so much so that all the best programmes were on rerun for decades.

From Bagpuss and The Clangers to Mr. Benn and The Magic Roundabout, enjoy this trip down memory lane.

Considered the golden age of Children’s TV, we’re certain that you, your children and your grandchildren have enjoyed all of these classics.

Bagpuss (1974)

Did you know Bagpuss only ran four three months in 1974, ending on May 7. This beloved classic was a warm hug that captured the hearts of the children and adults alike. A charming series, which followed the adventures of Bagpuss, a saggy old cloth cat, and his friends in Emily’s shop. With playful storytelling and memorable characters, it continues to evoke strong feelings of nostalgia. Bagpuss remains an iconic gem of 70s television.


The Clangers (1969-1972)

Who remembers being whisked away to a far-off planet inhabited by the adorable pink, mouse-like creatures known as The Clangers. Communicating through distinctive whistles and musical notes, The Clangers embarked on whimsical adventures in their surreal world. They often encountered strange creatures and overcame challenges with their unique ingenuity. With its enchanting stop-motion animation and heart-warming storytelling, The Clangers charmed audiences of all ages. A lasting legacy as a beloved classic of British children’s television.


The Magic Roundabout (1965-1977)

Possibly the most memorable children’s TV programmes of the 70s, The Magic Roundabout was full of colourful characters and fast-paced plots. Led by the affable Dougal the dog, this show transported viewers to a magical world filled with talking animals and crazy storylines.


The Wombles (1973-1975)

Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we! The Wombles delighted audiences with its charming tales of eco-conscious creatures who lived beneath the streets of London. Combining environmental messaging with simple stories, this interesting series encouraged children to embrace sustainability and care for the world around them.


Mr. Benn (1971-1972)

Would you believe us if we told you there are only 14 episodes? They were repeated twice a year for 21 years with additional repeats in the 90s, which made the show feel longer. We loved stepping into the magical world of Mr. Benn, where ordinary outings turned into extraordinary adventures! Each episode, Mr. Ben visits a mysterious costume shop, tries on a costume, and is transported to a fantastical world where he learns valuable lessons and solves problems. With its pretend play premise, Mr. Benn invited you to escape the mundane and lead with a sense curiosity and fun.

 

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Best 70s Children’s TV Programmes

Best 70s Children's TV Programmes. Image shows bagpuss, the pink and white striped toy cat sat alongside his friends.

Bagpuss has just turned 50! To celebrate let’s take a look back at some of the best children’s TV programmes of the 70s.

Children’s TV was exceptional in the 70s, so much so that all the best programmes were on rerun for decades.

From Bagpuss and The Clangers to Mr. Benn and The Magic Roundabout, enjoy this trip down memory lane.

Considered the golden age of Children’s TV, we’re certain that you, your children and your grandchildren have enjoyed all of these classics.

Bagpuss (1974)

Did you know Bagpuss only ran four three months in 1974, ending on May 7. This beloved classic was a warm hug that captured the hearts of the children and adults alike. A charming series, which followed the adventures of Bagpuss, a saggy old cloth cat, and his friends in Emily’s shop. With playful storytelling and memorable characters, it continues to evoke strong feelings of nostalgia. Bagpuss remains an iconic gem of 70s television.


The Clangers (1969-1972)

Who remembers being whisked away to a far-off planet inhabited by the adorable pink, mouse-like creatures known as The Clangers. Communicating through distinctive whistles and musical notes, The Clangers embarked on whimsical adventures in their surreal world. They often encountered strange creatures and overcame challenges with their unique ingenuity. With its enchanting stop-motion animation and heart-warming storytelling, The Clangers charmed audiences of all ages. A lasting legacy as a beloved classic of British children’s television.


The Magic Roundabout (1965-1977)

Possibly the most memorable children’s TV programmes of the 70s, The Magic Roundabout was full of colourful characters and fast-paced plots. Led by the affable Dougal the dog, this show transported viewers to a magical world filled with talking animals and crazy storylines.


The Wombles (1973-1975)

Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we! The Wombles delighted audiences with its charming tales of eco-conscious creatures who lived beneath the streets of London. Combining environmental messaging with simple stories, this interesting series encouraged children to embrace sustainability and care for the world around them.


Mr. Benn (1971-1972)

Would you believe us if we told you there are only 14 episodes? They were repeated twice a year for 21 years with additional repeats in the 90s, which made the show feel longer. We loved stepping into the magical world of Mr. Benn, where ordinary outings turned into extraordinary adventures! Each episode, Mr. Ben visits a mysterious costume shop, tries on a costume, and is transported to a fantastical world where he learns valuable lessons and solves problems. With its pretend play premise, Mr. Benn invited you to escape the mundane and lead with a sense curiosity and fun.

 

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