I literally loved Watch with Mother - especially the puppet shows The Woodentops and Andy Pandy. I remember both of the episodes linked below quite distinctly, having seen each several times; because the programmes were frequently repeated on a cycle.
These were already old programmes when I saw them in the early-mid 1960s, and the picture was so fuzzy, and our television so small (and also fuzzy), that we used to sit on the floor only about 3 feet away from the screen.
The Woodentops were idyllic tales of a rural family. Our favourite character was the baby - for obvious reasons when you see this episode. The first few minutes are comic genius:
The introduction, and ending - with the lovely music by Grieg and the way the family wave goodbye, are so sweetly-sad that I can't watch them without tearing-up.
These old shows certainly had real magic about them, which instantly takes me back to that young child's view of the world.
Andy Pandy was another favourite specifically because of the character of Teddy (we actually used to rather resent Andy and Looby Lou - whom we regarded as smug and spoiled) - the puppetry of Teddy is a work of genius - you can't take your eyes off him.
We used to be so sorry at the end of each episode (a wistful, sweet farewell song) that my sister and I would fight to kiss the on-screen Teddy.
After switching-off the TV there was another ritual as the picture dwindled to a bright spot which we called 'the star' - and we needed to keep watching until it had completely disappeared.
And then it was the Home Service on the radio, and Listen with Mother: "Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin..."