For the Children

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For the Children was a British television programme targeted at children of school age. First broadcast on the BBC Television Service at 3 pm on Saturday 24 April 1937, for its first two years the series was ten minutes in length. Suspended in 1939 along with the rest of BBC Television for the duration of World War II, it returned on 9 June 1946, running on Sunday afternoons and expanded to twenty minutes in length.

The series featured a variety of different presenters and acts: story readings, puppet shows, songs. In October 1946 the "hugely popular" children's puppet Muffin the Mule made his television debut on the show, accompanied by his "friend" Annette Mills.[1] The puppet's character was devised by the puppeteer Ann Hogarth.[2]

For the Children was last broadcast in December 1952, when it was superseded by other BBC children's television programmes, including Watch with Mother.


  1. ^ Jamieson, Alastair (16 April 2003), "Muffin the Mule kicks back to life", The Scotsman (via Highbeam Research), archived from the original on 11 February 2017 (subscription required)
  2. ^ Jane Phillips, ‘Hogarth, Ann (1910–1993)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, 2004 accessed 10 Feb 2017

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