Stop now if this means nothing to you. The rest of you, keep reading.
Following on from yesterday’s heartwarming interlude, today, in a sort of Advent’s Advent as we head into December, I thought we could warm the cockles of our hearts by listening to some new Bagpuss stories. Now, I don’t mean new in the same way that there’s a new series of The Clangers; I mean new in the sense that you probably won’t have encountered these stories, but they are all written and narrated by Oliver Postgate, just as the original Bagpuss stories were, and feature the original characters, too. However, he only recorded audio versions, so you’ll just have to close your eyes and imagine what went on Emily’s shop.
But four new Bagpuss stories? That doesn’t happen every day, does it?
It’s possible you know the American actor Rob Delaney. You might, for instance, know him as the co-writer and co-star with Sharon Horgan of Channel 4’s Catastrophe.
If you were paying attention during Deadpool 2, you might have spotted that he was Peter, the normal guy in X Force, who shows up at the end of this rather violent trailer:
What you may not know is that sadly, he and his wife lost their third child, Henry, in January this year. Henry had had a brain tumour and resulting complex needs, which meant that it was difficult for him to communicate. Both Delaney and his wife learnt a form of basic sign language called Makaton so that they could communicate with Henry.
And last week, Delaney became the first person ever to tell a CBeebies Bedtime Story with Makaton signing.
And if that doesn’t choke you up, here’s one child and his mother’s reactions to it.