Ragtime was a children’s television series presented by Maggie Henderson and Fred Harris. The programmes featured play with words, songs, stories and puppets. Puppets emerged from the green Ragtime Bag, including wooden spoons with faces drawn on them. These were named Mr Porridge, Mr Curry, Mr Jelly, Miss Sponge, Mrs Custard, Uncle Casserole and Mrs Ragamuffin. Other puppet regulars included Dax and Sniff, Humbug the tiger and Bubble, a cushion-shaped toy.
The music was provided by Peter Gosling and Dave Moses.
In 1973 the series won a Society of Film and Television Award for Best Children’s Programme.
Although a book and record were produced at the time, no episodes are currently available on DVD. Only eight of the twenty six episodes remain in the BBC’s archive, due to a decision in the early 1990s to wipe the master tapes of many 1970s children’s programmes.