We love Topsy and Tim in our household.
I say “We love Topsy and Tim”, I mean, our little one loves Topsy and Tim. If we ever have left CBeebies on in the background at home, the opening moments of the Topsy and Tim theme tune is enough to get her running to the TV.
Have I ever mentioned her “friends”, Topsy and Tim?
During a recent Topsy and Tim marathon on BBC iPlayer, it occurred to me that there seemed to be a number of…. improbabilities in the world of Topsy and Tim that just wouldn’t happen in this world.
Here are a number of examples I found.
- Kids can break Mummy’s vase.. and she’s THAT OK WITH IT!!
- Somehow, when you have 4 preschoolers kicking off, Mummy has found the time to put a well timed pizza in.
- Selling / moving house is JUST THAT EASY – AND QUICK!
- Having nursery school at home is a GREAT IDEA!! (Seriously, they have room for that? Mummy had time for that?)
- That a Mummy and Daddy can put up an outside playhouse the night before a twins 5th birthday, look fresh and awake the next morning, AND still smile at each other.
- Loads of cakes (which probably cost a fortune) get chucked on the floor… Mummy is NOT SCREAMING MAD!!!
- Christmas Eve evening is just that fun and relaxing! (No last minute wrapping from Mummy and Daddy?)
- You’ve moved house, you’re trying to unpack, you’re living out of boxes, a new friend is invited to play, and Mummy is smiling about all of this?
- When you’re building a new drive, you really want two 4 year olds around you.
- Its possible to build a marble run, so big, and amazing – THAT NO marbles will fly off – and break Mummys vase…
Are there any more that you would add?
*These might be invisible friends… and therefore probably dont count.
Last summer, I discovered Jungle Beat, and the computer game that went alongside it. Jungle Beat features different animal characters in a series of simple yet increasingly bizarre and chaos ridden situations as the episode carries on. Back then I wondered if there was an influence from old school Warner Brothers cartoons.
The Explorers is a 13-episode series that follows four explorers and the elusive animals they’re trying to spot throughout their many adventures. Dexter, Rita, Simon and Mirabelle are the explorers, trying to discover more about the animals they seek, but their enthusiasm gets in the way… very regularly… much like the little 3 year old I sat down and watched a couple of preview episodes with.
The Little Person found it attention grabbing enough to put down the Topsy and Tim game, and give them a good watch. Which (knowing her love for all things Topsy), is a definite seal of approval.
Check out the first episode here:
If you’re looking for a little distraction on Youtube, I’d suggest to giving the rest of Jungle Beat – The Explorers a quick go.
I’m being a bad parent, and letting the Little One watch cbeebies programs on iPlayer while she eats her tea… and the “Twirlywoos” have just finished…
LO: “I’d like another one”
Me: “Which one would you like on”
LO: Walks to @BBCiPlayer screen and points. “That 1”
LO: “Which one is it”
Me: “The one you asked for”
LO: “Well done!!!”
Me: To busy trying to work out if I was just patronised by a 3 year old or not, to say anything.
*Not really a toddler anymore… but anyway…
Are you? Is your little one a fan of Cbeebies? Is Cbeebies your favourite way of getting a little bit of peace during the day? Do you catch yourself enjoying Cbeebies a bit too much? Do you feel you know the Bing episodes a bit too much? Here are 10 Ways You Can Tell You’ve Watched Too Much Cbeebies!
- You were disappointed when you found out Topsy and Tim weren’t twins.
- Quoting kid shows to people who have no idea what you’re on about.
- You understand the links between Tree Fu Tom and Doctor Who.
- When loading up episodes on the DVR / iPlayer, you catch yourself knowing as much about the episodes as your kid does.
- Thinking someone you see in public looks like Mr Bloom.
- Multiple theme tunes stick in your head.
- You wonder if Captain Jacks Boat, is a unwritten episode of Doctor Who.
- Somehow, you caught yourself looking forward to that Mr Tumble Live they did…
- You cant help but wonder about the change in hair styles between Katie presenting “I Can Cook”, and the linking sections between shows.
- You take into account the names on Cbeebies when choosing future kids names. ( EG You avoid Tom, because of Tree Fu Tom – Topsy and Tim are taken – Bing is well out)
Are there any ways you can add?
I got shown The Wiggles for the first time tonight.
I lasted 18 seconds before I had to stop this.
How long can you watch this Wiggles video for?
I lasted 18 seconds…
Its stuff like this, that makes me appreciate the Cbeebies channel even more.
Its been confirmed on the Sarah and Duck Facebook page that there are new episodes coming:
Get those DVRs ready…
I saw the above mentioned on the Bing Bunny Facebook page (yes I’ve liked it), and I have to admit. It has given me hope for the future. Not because its answered any vast questions of my life or my relationships, but because it means I may not have to watch that silly episode about hiding as much as normal!
Yes, Those are clips of episodes you have not seen yet.
From the looks of my Youview program guide, the new episodes of Bing start from Monday 27th April on Cbeebies.
Run. Hide away the TV. The Teletubbies are returning.
According to Mashable:
Just as we were recovering from that horrifying video of the Teletubbies in black-and-white, the sinister foursome are back again, with Jim Broadbent as a talking trumpet and Absolutely Fabulous’ Jane Horrocks as the “tubby phone.”
The actors are set to be joined by Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton when Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po return to BBC program CBeebies later this year.
The rebooted version of the show will stay true to its original run, which saw around a billion children in 120 countries tune in between 1997 and 2001, with the same characters and style but “a refreshed and contemporary look,” according to producers.
Cant CBeebies just give us more “In The Night Garden”? Isn’t that basically a less annoying version of Teletubbies?
What if kids TV were horror stories?
So this little picture was doing the rounds around Twitter the other day.
The sight of the Teletubbies walking over Teletubby land in black and white, presents a former kids favourite as a sinister horror show, making us all question our memories of that brightly coloured TV show.
It also made me question, what do todays kids TV shows look like in black and white?
Below shows the slightly horrific answer…
Bing Bunny and his friends are coming for you…
Beware The Tombliboos
The Friendly Engine?
AHHHHHH!!!! The Butterfly has Tim, from Topsy and Tim
The Horror of “Sarah and Duck”
Dont worry kids… these things are only watching you…
Go To Sleep Kids… Or James McAvoy will ensure The Teddy doesn’t see the end of “BedTime Hour”
Any other Kids TV horrors out there?