It may well have been made before the Eighties, but Bagpuss was one of my favourite TV programmes when I was little (and I must admit I’m still fond of that saggy old cat now).
The titular star, Bagpuss himself, had a number of friends who used to help him to fix the things that Emily, the little girl who owned Bagpuss (and bizarrely the shop in which he lived) had found and brought in to be fixed.
The most helpful of these were the Mice from the Mouse Organ, who actually did pretty much all the work really. Then there was Professor Yaffle, the carved wooden bookend in the shape of a woodpecker, who used to order the others about because he thought he knew best.
Finally there were Madeline the doll and Gabriel the toad, who sat on a high shelf and sang songs.
Which of these characters were your favourite? I find it hard to choose between the Mice and Yaffle personally…