Archive for the ‘CBeebies’ Category

Woolly & Tig “Going to School”

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Oh man, I can’t believe I missed the latest Woolly & Tig special. It was apparently broadcast the same day we went off on holiday. :-(

Anna Acton in Eastenders

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

I’ve been missing Topsy & Tim, which left off on a bit of a cliffhanger. But clearly their mum has important work to do supporting Ian Beale:

… so I’ll need to be patient.

Vegetarianism on CBeebies

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

For some reason, perhaps a reluctance to deal with death, virtually all characters on CBeebies are portrayed as vegetarian, even some unlikely ones:

  • Doodles, the crocodile from Tilly and Friends eats mainly apples;
  • Captain Barnacles, Kwazii, Peso, and Shellington from Octonauts, despite being animals that would love a fishy snack (respectively: polar bear, cat, penguin, and sea otter) seem to survive mainly on seaweed, algae, and biscuits;
  • I have yet to see Big Bear from Everything’s Rosie attempt to eat Raggles; and
  • Even the humans and dragons in Mike the Knight seem to eat mainly berry pies.

Pretty much the only programmes that show or imply the consumption of meat (with the exception of nature programs like Andy’s Wild Adventures) and cooking shows (I Can Cook / Big Cook, Little Cook) are Woolly & Tig (Tig eats fishfingers in several episodes), Charlie & Lola (who eat sausages quite regularly), and Peter Rabbit (Peter and his friends under threat from Mr McGregor and Mr Todd).

Iguanadon and Gideon Mantell

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

The kids are still both really into dinosaurs thanks to CBeebies’ supply of new Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures episodes, so today we took them for a walk to Gideon Mantell’s house, which is helpfully just along the road.

Gideon Mantell is credited with discovering the first iguanadon fossils, following the discovery of a fossil tooth by his wife. Mantell, who had been a keen fossil hunter since childhood, recognised it as too big to belong to any modern British herbivore, and the rest is history.

Andy encountered iguanadons in episode 8.

New “Woolly & Tig” Special

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

There was a surprise one-off Woolly & Tig episode this morning. I hadn’t seen it advertised anyway, so it was a surprise to me.

There will apparently be a Christmas special this year too. And some unspecified others during the year.

Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

At the moment my son is really loving Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures, which I must admit is pretty well-made (even though we all miss Kip).

The premise of the show is that Andy is now working in “the National Museum” (most of the interior shots seem to be from the Natural History Museum in London; some of the exterior shots look like the British Museum). Given the recent bad weather, leaving Pickles’ Animal Park was probably a wise move. He frequently breaks and loses various exhibits. His solution is to use the museum clock to travel back to the time of the dinosaurs to obtain replacements. (It seems a simpler solution would be to travel back five minutes, and stop himself from destroying the exhibits in the first place!)

Anyway, these shows have proven very popular in our house. I wonder what the next career move will be for the intrepid Andy Day? Aquarium worker? Microbiologist?

Old Jack’s Boat Christmas Special

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

I’m a big fan of Old Jack’s Boat in general — great actors; good stories; charming animation — but the Christmas episode is something special.

Death is rarely mentioned on CBeebies. There’s a Woolly & Tig episode where a horse Tig is fond of dies. Peter Rabbit lives under threat from Mr Todd, Tommy Brock, and the man that ate his father, Mr McGregor. Sharks occasionally threaten to eat characters in The Octonauts. (Though when Octonauts have been eaten by sharks and whales, they’ve been shown alive and well in the stomach.) Old Jack’s Boat dealt with the topic well.

The episode was penned by former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davis, who had also previously written the very good “moon maiden” episode.

It was a shame that Freema Agyeman’s scene was clearly chroma-keyed in. But I suppose with such high-calibre actors, finding a filming window that fits all of their schedules is a challenge.

Mike the Knight’s dad – part deux

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

It happened! Mike the Knight’s dad makes an appearance in this year’s Christmas special. Sadly not voiced by Brian Blessed as I’d hoped, nor Tom Baker, but Alexander Armstrong. Though I do like him.

Katie Morag; and Topsy and Tim

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

This Sunday a new series based on the Katie Morag books will be starting. It looks like it should be good.

The Beeb will also be bringing us Topsy and Tim. Some of the books are fairly dull, but the kids seem to like them, so we’ll see how the TV show pans out.

Tree Fu Tom: no more David Tennant

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

The latest series of Tree Fu Tom doesn’t include David Tennant, but the new guy still manages to do a passable impression of Twigs.

I wonder if Tennant’s absence is temporary. Will he be back for a theoretical series 3?