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Mr Benn was my favourite show and I failed to realise how few episodes there actually were of this genius creation.

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Crystal Tips and Alistair. Shown on British TV in the 1970s, just before the news and an evening's worth of adult telly.

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The first episode of Captain Pugwash aired on 22 October 1957. The children's animation was written, illustrated and produced by John Ryan. The bumbling Captain was brought to life by Peter Hawkins, who provided all the voices. The simple but beautifully crafted cartoon, with cut-out figures moved by cardboard levers, contributed to the overall charm of the programme, which is still fondly remembered years after it was last shown.

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