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For The Children

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Among the items offered under this umbrella title for school-age children were features on stamp collecting and other wholesome pursuits, classic stories and, from August 1946, music and fun with Muffin the Mule and his piano-playing escort, Annette Mills.

Muffin was originally just one of the puppets Annette (and her puppeteer Ann Hogarth) worked with, but he quickly outshone the likes of Peregrine the Penguin, Sally the Sea Lion, Oswald the Ostrich and Louise the Lamb, to the point where he was given his own series.

Only Prudence and Primrose Kitten came close to equalling his popularity, also appearing in their own series in the 1950s.

Other segments on For The Children included The Squirrel, the Hare and the Little Grey Rabbit, created by Alison Uttley with stories told by Ann Hogarth and Jan Bussell with their glove puppets.

For The Children gave way to Andy Pandy and the Watch With Mother crew.