Archive for May, 2012

Poi in State of Play

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

I’ve recently been rewatching the wonderful BBC TV serial State of Play.

I was surprised that Poi Fan Lee of Show Me, Show Me and Teletubbies fame has a small part in it, in a couple of episodes. She’s quite good.

Mike the Knight Voices

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

I recently discovered Jessica Hann’s website – she does the voice of Mike the Knight’s sister Evie (who is, incidentally my favourite Mike the Knight character). And from her website I found out who did the dragons’ voices – each of which had been bugging me for a while as being semi-familiar.

Sparky is played by Colin McFarlane, who brings a certain presence to whatever he’s in. You may recognise him if you’re a fan of Torchwood, or Judge John Deed, or Reggie Perrin.

And Squirt is Russell Tovey, probably best known for Being Human, Him & Her and Gavin & Stacey.

Incidentally, Colin McFarlane also plays Harrison in Chuggington.

Dinosaur, Grrr!

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

OK, so Squiglet today was about a dinosaur. (Incidentally, what is Squiglet supposed to be? A piglet? Too orange and woolly. A lion or other ally of the cat? Who knows?) CBeebies doesn’t seem to have a regular show about dinosaurs. Why not? Kids love dinosaurs, don’t they? Mine do. Seems like such an obvious hole in their programming.

dirtgirlworld

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

What is it about the animation on dirtgirlworld that freaks me out?

There’s a trailer on YouTube – judge for yourself.

Cloudbabies is now “new”

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

This weekend CBeebies is advertising a “brand new series” Cloudbabies.

Didn’t I see that show about a month ago? Have they changed it? Is it still really awful?

Call off the DOGs!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Something Special is the only CBeebies program not to feature a digital on-screen graphic (DOG). You know – those station logos that plague the corners of our screens on many (particularly digital) television channels. In the case of CBeebies the DOG is a CBeebies logo that occasionally flips over to reveal a CBeebies blob festooned with a rainbow.

The BBC says, “we believe it is important to ensure that viewers can quickly identify when they are watching a BBC service.” Does the absence of a DOG during Something Special imply that they don’t want people to identify that program with the BBC? That they’re not proud of their most award winning show?

More likely, it’s tacit acknowledgement that the DOG is annoying and degrades what is arguably the most important show that CBeebies broadcasts.

So we are spared from this annoyance during Something Special. Why can’t we be spared from it all the time?