Just watched an episode of Postman Pat, or rather, just turned over and caught the last little bit. I was feeding son #2 rather than enjoying the stop-motion for myself. The episode was called Postman Pat and the Magic Lamp.
Now I’m going to have to guess what the story was about but I think the kids (all with ginger hair, Pat’s hair is ginger, you figure it out) found a lamp that they considered magic. I think they made wishes and then waited for them to come true. When Pat spoke to them he said:
Wishes only come true like that in books and stories. If you want something to come true then you have to work yourself to make it come true.
This is surely an excellent lesson, not only for children but also for every person on the planet. What a skeptical chap.