As Boris Johnson rightly pushes Peppa Pig’s law and order agenda to the front of British political debate and Ted Cruz highlights the dangers to American freedom posed by Sesame Street’s Big Bird, perhaps it’s time to look at other classic children’s TV and see how they might be viewed in the age of the Culture War.
After all, Bagpuss might have been an “old, saggy cloth cat, baggy, and a bit loose at the seams” but even Emily’s love wasn’t enough to save the shop, which she had to sell to pay for 80% of his long-term care costs. Poor Professor Yaffle, meanwhile, made from wood illegally exported from Spain by the late Lord Elgin, was repatriated to his homeland where he is now on display in a rarely visited wing of The Prado. As for the mouse organ: it contravened so many workplace rules it had to be destroyed. The mice subsequently fell prey to the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949, as well as the government’s new wild mammals legislation, and the last of them were culled before they could gnaw through any electric cables in roof spaces. May their little sweet-voiced souls rest in peace.