Mike the Knight’s dad – part deux

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

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

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?

Woolly & Tig Series 2

March 5th, 2013

Series 2 started yesterday. CBeebies seem to have kept that quiet.

They also stopped repeating episodes 1-15 of Old Jack’s Boat, and have started with episodes 16-25.

Rebecca from Let’s Play

February 14th, 2013

What are we playing today?

Rebecca Keatley in "Jack Said"

Smart jacket, scarf, revolver… that’s right, we’re playing gangsters!

Whatever happened to Jeff Pringle?

July 8th, 2012

Jeff Pringle, the Geordie schoolteacher, is mysteriously absent from Postman Pat: Special Delivery Service, though his son Charlie is still featured. In his place there is a new teacher Lauren Taylor.

The fact that Jeff is never even spoken about kind of indicates that perhaps something unspeakable happened.

Digital Switchover

June 13th, 2012

Digital switchover has now finished where I live. TV reception was pretty dicey while it was going on, but now it’s better than ever. And normal service resumes…

Poi in State of Play

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

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!

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.