Ragtime (TV series)

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This article is about the television series. For other uses, see Ragtime (disambiguation).
Genre Children's television series
Created by Michael Cole
Presented by Fred Harris
Maggie Henderson
Theme music composer Peter Gosling and Michael Cole
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Cynthia Felgate
Running time 14 minutes
Original network BBC1
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Monaural sound
Original release 3 October 1973 – 16 March 1975

Ragtime was a children's television series created by Michael Cole and presented by Maggie Henderson and Fred Harris. The programmes featured play with words, songs, stories and puppets. Puppets made by Joanne Cole emerged from the green Ragtime Bag, including wooden spoons with faces drawn on them. These were named Mr Porridge, Mr Curry, Mr Jelly, Miss Sponge, Mrs Custard, Uncle Casserole and Mrs Ragamuffin. Other puppet regulars included Dax and Sniff (both dogs), Humbug the tiger and Bubble, a cushion-shaped toy.

The music was provided by Peter Gosling and Dave Moses.

In 1973 the series won a Society of Film and Television Award (later known as a BAFTA) for Best Children's Programme.[1]

Although a book and record were produced at the time, no episodes are currently available on DVD. Only eight of the twenty six episodes remain in the BBC's archive, due to a decision in the early 1990s to wipe the master tapes of many 1970s children's programmes [1].


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