Royal Mail celebrates classic children's TV characters in new stamp series

New stamps feature 12 of the best-loved kids characters from the past 60 years.

A new series of special Royal Mail stamps features 12 of the best-loved British children's TV characters from the past 60 years, from Andy Pandy and Bagpuss to Peppa Pig and Bob the Builder.

The stamps, designed by London-based design agency Interabang, represent each decade of children's TV since the 1950s, and a variety of animation techniques, from hand-drawn to stop-motion. They have a sticker-like appearance, with the characters breaking out of the stamp borders.

Among the stars of the series are Bagpuss, the famous pink-striped cat that celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, as well as Dougal from classic kid's show The Magic Roundabout, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

"For over 60 years, Britain's children's TV characters have brought cheer to generations of viewers," said Royal Mail Stamps' Andrew Hammond. "More importantly it has presented us with a cast of characters that, like the memories of the programmes themselves, remain with us throughout our lives. It feels appropriate to celebrate all of these unforgettable characters on a set of very special stamps."

Use the slideshow controls above and right to see the whole set of stamps, which are available here or from the Post Office Shop.

Right: Bagpuss, created by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, will celebrate its 40th birthday this year after first appearing in 1974.

Right: Andy Pandy debuted in 1950, when it was broadcast live on the BBC.

Right: Another creation by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, the illustrated Ivor the Engine first hit ITV in 1959.

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Right: Popular stop-motion series The Magic Roundabout arrived on BBC in 1965. Royal Mail has chosen Dougal as the star of The Magic Roundabout's stamp.

Right: Camberwick Green, created by Gordon Murray, was first broadcast in 1966.

Right: Author and illustrator David McKee created the adventurous Mr Benn in the 1960s. His book was adapted as a TV series in 1971.

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Right: Elisabeth Beresford's well-loved The Wombles first aired in 1973. Ivor wood (who also worked on The Magic Roundabout, Postman Pat and Paddington Bear) animated The Wombles using stop-motion, but the characters will return in CG in 2015.

Right: Michael Bond's Paddington Bear was brought to life in 1975 by Ivor Wood, who used a combination of stop-motion and 2D illustration to animate the series.

Right: Still popular today, Postman Pat has become the longest running animated series on the BBC. Ivor Wood helped to bring Postman Pat to life in 1981.

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Right: Created by former Muppets designer Keith Chapman, Bob the Builder (and its catchy theme song that you'll now have stuck in your head for the rest of the day) first appeared on TV in 1998.

Right: Hugely popular with children right now, Peppa Pig burst onto the scene 10 years ago in 2004.