Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Clangers return to TV

Yes, those quaintly-knitted moon-dwelling soup-eating swanny-whistling wonders The Clangers are to make a comeback. Which is truly great news. Next? Trumpton surely, or Mary, Mungo and Midge. Or maybe Hector's House or...

They'd certainly be among my choices but I thought I'd give my children the opportunity to have a go  too. Young they may be and with a dazzling variety of excellent TV to choose from (courtesy, mainly, of CBeebies) but there's always a yearning for some long lost gem dimly remembered with a warm, nostalgic glow.

And you'd be surprised how much things have changed in just five years of CBeebies watching. No longer do we see (or see as often) such former staples as...
Barnaby Bear (and Becky, of course)
The Shiny Show
Clifford the Big Red Dog

Of course, there are some I'm glad to see the back of (Fimbles chief among them) and so it was in some fear and not a little trepidation that I conducted my market research (a combination of showing an old CBeebies 'Summertime' DVD and searching YouTube) in the desperate hope that those meaningless balls of fluff wouldn't get the vote. But no. To my great delight (and total agreement) my kids voted for one of my all-time favourite CBeebies oldies...


Imagine, Imagine, Imagine a story!

Ok, so we all know that a couple of the stars have had brushes with the law (and I'm not talking about Jelly and Jackson either). But this former staple of the bedtime hour used to bring us endless hours of fun when Sally was small (would it be a Blue Cow story?) and so I'm delighted (and not a little surprised) that my current CBeebies specialists approve of it so wholeheartedly.

And, do you know what? It doesn't matter than technology has moved on, that animation might be better, that scripts might be tighter. My youngest have been subjected to Trumpton, Chigley, Camber wick Green and - yes - The Clangers on old DVDs and they love 'em all, every one, in all their homespun, jerky fun.

All of which means the news that The Clangers is not only being kept in the family (the re-make is the brainchild of creator Oliver Postgate's son Daniel) but being produced traditionally (unlike the computer-animated Wombles re-make) make me very, very happy.

Now to start a campaign to bring back StoryMakers.

What would you like to see back on CBeebies screens?

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