From the earliest kids’ shows ever broadcast, such as Muffin The Mule, Andy Pandy and Bill and Ben, through to favourites of the new millennium like In the Night Garden and Shaun the Sheep, which BBC TV shows have produced the best ever children’s characters?
We’d like you to vote for your favourite from each of the last six decades, based on a shortlist of 50 programmes featuring animated and puppet characters chosen by Radio Times and the British Film Institute.
Vote for one show, and the character or characters it made famous, in one or more of the six polls below.
The poll is inspired by a new exhibition, Here’s One We Made Earlier, opening in The Lowry in Salford in July. The exhibition will explore the story of BBC Children’s broadcasting from 1922, when the BBC launched Children’s Hour, right up to the present multi-media age. The shortlist is divided into decades; the most popular character from each will be announced in early July and the overall winner revealed just ahead of the opening of the exhibition, where it will take pride of place.