"Postman Pat, Postman Pat, Postman Pat and his black and white cat."
1981 British stop motion series set around the life of postman Pat Clifton and his job as the only local postman for the village of Greendale. He is constantly accompanied by his black and white cat Jess. Fondly remembered by many Brits and considered a essential childhood show. Another version of the show was made in 2004 which expanded on the original concept slightly.2008 has given us a new spin-off Postman Pat Special Delivery Service an "action packed" version set in the new town of Pencaster with Pat's reliable "PAT 1" red Royal Mail van being replaced by:
An "Eco-Van" for large deliveries ("PAT 2")
A "Mini Van" for smaller deliveries ("PAT 4")
A motorbike ("PAT 5")
And a Helicopter for tricky deliveries ("PAT 3")
First aired on BBC1 and still considered an essential CBBC show to this day.
Later Enfield would make another one with Paul Whitehouse, titled Parking Pattaweyo, starring a mild-mannered (or not) African traffic warden named, well, Pattaweyo. ...And his black and white cattaweyo.
Ageless Birthday Episode: Postman Pat's Birthday sees Pat keeping his birthday a secret, up until he finds out that everyone knows about it, but they wouldn't tell him how!
The Kiddie Ride: The infamous van, originally by OMC Electronics, which saw two redesigns when license was first transferred to R.G. Mitchells, then Fun2Learn. Also available from Fun2Learn is the helicopter from Postman Pat: SDS. OMC Electronics also made a ride with a strange design where kids sat on a sack of mail next to Pat. Notably though, the rides are popular enough in the UK to warrant an appearance (albeit apparently in the form of a generic postie van modified to play the Postman Pat theme tune) in the Mr. Bean episode Mind The Baby, Mr. Bean. They even appeared outside the REAL post offices!
Licensed Game: in the late 80s, tonnes of Postman Pat games came out for various popular computer platforms in the UK. They were made by the notorious Alternative Software.
iOS Games: The SDS spinoff saw one game for the iPhone/iPod.
No Antagonist: Most episodes are like this, with inclement weather, lost kites, special events (such as fetes and birthdays) and too-small suits of armour amongst others typically being the things that drive the plot, rather than a conflict between characters. It's a different matter in The Movie, however ...
Oop North: Greendale is supposedly in Cumbria, and Pencaster is supposed to be in North Yorkshire.
Plank Gag: While Pat rollerskates down a road, Ted walks across with a ladder. Pat hits the ladder and sends him spinning around.
Shout-Out: Everyone not telling Pat how they knew it was his birthday is a reference to that famous quote "That's for me to know and you to find out!", but Reverend Timms' reaction? "He who reads shalt learn!"