This month marks the 30th anniversary of the popular British children’s TV series Postman Pat. The first episode aired on BBC-1 on Sept. 16, 1981.
According toThe British Postal Museum & Archive, "The stop-motion animated series follows title character Pat Clifton on his daily rounds in the North of England. Pat is always accompanied by his black and white cat Jess, and he drives a red vehicle similar to those in Royal Mail’s real van fleet.
"For much of Postman Pat‘s history the show was sponsored by Royal Mail, who saw the series as a marketing opportunity. When Royal Mail sponsorship of the programme ceased Pat became an employee of the fictional Special Delivery Service."