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Bagpuss was apparently meant to be a ginger cat. Peter Firmin ordered some marmalade-cat coloured fabric to make Bagpuss, but when it arrived, it was pink not ginger. So the story goes. The characters were Bagpuss,
Madeleine, Gabriel the toad, Professor Yaffle, the Mice and of course Emily.
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