Today (September 16th) marks the 30th anniversary of Postman Pat, with Classic Media planning a number of events to help celebrate.
The day kicked off with a special episode on Cbeebies - The Surprise Present - with activities continuing throughout the morning on the channel. Cbeebies Radio has also a special party podcast available for download.
Vue Cinemas will be holding Postman Pat birthday screenings over the week of September 24th and 25th, while this weekend (September 17th/18th) will see the character appearing at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park.
A number of new consumer products are also launching to tie in with the anniversary. Universal is releasing Happy Birthday Pat on DVD, plus a free CD with 15 music tracks; a new book, Postman Pat The Surprise Party builds on Egmont's range of 10-Minute Tales; and P2 Games has launched a Postman Pat app which features eight games, plus a special bonus.
In addition, the character will be making his screen debut in Postman Pat: The Movie - You Know You're the One, which will hit cinemas in spring 2013.
The voice cast will be led by Stephen Mangan (Episodes, Green Wing) as Postman Pat. He will be joined by Jim Broadbent (Iris, Moulin Rouge), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter) and David Tennant (Doctor Who).