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Bagpuss tops TV creature survey

Bagpuss was invented in 1974 by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate

Cult cloth cat Bagpuss has been voted the favourite children's TV animal of all-time in an online poll.

More than 1,100 people took part in the survey, which saw the baggy moggy purr ahead of Tom and Jerry, Winnie the Pooh and the Magic Roundabout team.

DangerMouse, Shaun the Sheep and Paddington Bear came next, and they were followed by Top Cat, Scooby-Doo and Basil Brush.

The poll was organised to mark the launch of CBeebies Animals magazine.

"The fact that nostalgic brands feature so heavily in the top 10 is a testament to the strong relationships viewers form with characters they come across as children," said associate publisher Ceri Murray.

Bagpuss was previously named the most popular children's TV programme of all-time in a BBC poll conducted nine years ago.

Only 13 episodes were ever made, all of which were screened for the first time in the UK in 1974.

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