Postman Pat: The Movie

Went to see Postman Pat: The Movie today. While most of the action revolves around Postman Pat, his family, and various new characters introduced in the film, I was glad to see that all the old favourites were in there. I noted:

Mrs Goggins (but no Bonnie?!?!);
Alf, Dorothy & Bill Thompson;
Ted Glenn, who always seemed to […]

Anna Acton in Eastenders

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

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 […]

Iguanadon and Gideon Mantell

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 […]

New “Woolly & Tig” Special

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

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 […]

Old Jack’s Boat Christmas Special

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 […]

Mike the Knight’s dad – part deux

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

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.