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Prince George Is Set for a Cameo in a Special Birthday Episode of His Favorite TV Show

Prince George Is Set for a Cameo in a Special Birthday Episode of His Favorite TV Show
We know Prince George has his very own fire truck. And his dad Prince William has previously shared that one of the 4-year-old’s favorite shows is the U.K. animated hit Fireman Sam. Now the little prince is set for a cameo in the cartoon!

The series, which takes place at a fire station in a make-believe Welsh valleys village of Pontypandy, is celebrating its 30th anniversary on Friday. Producer Ian McCue revealed the surprise they have in store by way of tribute to their famous fan.

“We’re going to celebrate Fireman Sam‘s 30th anniversary by introducing a very special episode,
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Sci-Fi Weekender 9 Update… More Guests, More Entertainment!

With a hiss of brakes, and a rush of steam, the next phase of SFW9’s launch is engaged. We have lots and lots to tell you, so settle down, grab your beverage of choice, put your feet up, and let’s go!

That’s right folks… Its time to start planning for SFW9, coming to you next March in Wales and we have a little bit of bad news but a massive whole bunch of good news to soften that blow. First things first though: there are only 18, yes 18 rooms left on site for the weekend so if you don’t have your tickets then you better get on that now. So first off here is a little comment from Sfw themselves with a little bad news…

First off, the bad news … As regular SFWers know, sometimes guests have to drop out, and since the last announcement, both Colin Baker
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Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, and when films for kids aren’t really films

Simon Brew Jul 11, 2017

Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, and the rise of the children's films that aren't really films at the cinema...

There’s a growing trend in UK multiplexes at the moment to show films that aren’t really films, with an intent of giving younger children an entry level way of getting into going to the cinema.

I’m a bit divided on this. On the one hand, I think a delightful film of economical length such as Shaun The Sheep: The Movie deserves that audience. Conversely, there is some logic to the bundling together of a few episodes to satiate short attention spans too. If the ticket price is dropped too, then it feels like we’re meeting somewhere close to half way.

This past weekend, then, I took my youngest to see Paw Patrol: Mission Big Screen. Liked many parents of under fives, I’m more than
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Why Fireman Sam is the Most Dangerous Kid’s Show in the World

Fireman Sam is a popular television character who moves from one adventure to another. He’s been around for almost thirty years and his popularity is still as high as it was in the beginning. He lives in the town of Pontypandy which is a small Welsh village situated along the water. Fireman Sam is a part of the local fire brigade and they deal with the problems that the good townsfolk encounter. Although the cartoon is fun to watch, it is without a doubt the most dangerous kids’ show in the world and here are the reasons why. Norman Price

Why Fireman Sam is the Most Dangerous Kid’s Show in the World
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Fireman Sam will not face investigation over character 'stepping on Qur’an'

Watchdog received 170 complaints over episode apparently featuring Arabic text – but says it could not be recognised as coming from holy book

The media watchdog has decided not to investigate a Fireman Sam episode that was accused of showing a character stepping on verses from the Qu’ran despite 170 complaints.

Ofcom said it had analysed the scene on the Channel 5 show in the “highest possible resolution”, finding that while the writing appeared to be in Arabic, it could not be read or identified as coming from a specific text.

Related: Fireman Sam Qur'an row gets alarm bells ringing at BBC

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Netflix: diving into the data

Broadcast’s Peter White assesses Ampere Analysis’ research into the secretive SVoD service’s content strategy in the UK.

Netflix is cementing its growth in the UK, where it has 6.1 million subscribers, by overhauling its programme library to move from a longtail warehouse to a premium platform.

The SVoD service’s second stage of growth is built around a constant refresh of its TV catalogue, with original commissions and high-profile acquisitions replacing older titles.

Exclusive data, provided by research firm Ampere Analysis, reveals that Netflix refreshed an average of 10.6% of its titles each month between July 2015 and March 2016. That rate jumped to 13% of programmes in April 2016.

This turnover comes alongside a huge cull in titles more than two years old. Netflix UK cut its catalogue by 490 TV and film titles from December 2015 to June 2016, from 2,502 to 2,012.

This echoes similar moves in the Us, where the firm reduced the total number TV shows on offer from 1,609 in January
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BBC told to do more for colour blind people after election complaints

Founder of campaign group says some coverage of poll was a ‘fiasco’ and accuses corporation of giving it the ‘brush-off’

The BBC has been told to do more to help the 2 million people who are colour blind in the UK after the BBC Trust upheld a series of complaints about confusing general election graphics.

Kathryn Albany-Ward, founder of Colour Blind Awareness, described some of the corporation’s election coverage as a “fiasco” and accused the BBC of trying to “brush off” her complaints.

Related: Fireman Sam Qur'an row gets alarm bells ringing at BBC

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Miptv: Netflix, BBC, Hulu deals on day two and three

Miptv: Netflix, BBC, Hulu deals on day two and three
Netflix enters Versailles; BBC One drama Capitol inks deals; Roots world premiere; Walter Presents buys Spanish drama for UK; Hulu reads The Book Of Negroes; Olivier Megaton doc gets sales deal.

Fremantle inks deals for BBC One drama Capital

FremantleMedia has struck three deals for three-part drama Capital, which is produced by Kudos, part of Endemol Shine Group, for BBC One. Participant Media’s Pivot has taken Us rights, Shaw has taken Canada rights, and BBC Worldwide will air the programme in Australia and New Zealand.

Toby Jones, Rachael Stirling and Gemma Jones star in the series, which Peter Bowker adapted from John Lanchester’s novel. Matt Strevens produced, executive producers were Derek Wax and Lucy Richer.

Walter Presents takes Spanish drama Locked Up for UK

Foreign-language drama Svod brand Walter Presents, which is available in the UK exclusively on Channel 4’s All Four streaming platform, has taken rights to Globomedia’s Spanish-language women prison series
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Princess Kate Hits the Second-Hand Store!

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Princess Kate Hits the Second-Hand Store!
Consignment stores just got a whole lot more glamorous. On Friday morning, Princess Kate took a 25-mile drive from her country house in Anmer to visit a second-hand shop in neighboring Holt. In a blue M Missoni coat (another rewear!), she browsed racks of dresses that are a world away from the bespoke fashions she wears at formal public events. The new store benefits East Anglia's Children's Hospices, a cause that the royal mom holds dear. Inside, she met volunteers and families who benefit from the charity's support. The hospice currently cares for 700 children, young people and family members, including
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Top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time: 80 - 61

Wesley Mead Dec 20, 2016

Looking for some TV to fill you with festive cheer? Here are the next 20 episodes in our list of the top 100 Xmas TV episodes ever...

This article first appeared in December 2015. Read entries 100 - 81 on this list, here.

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Since the medium’s infancy, viewers have enjoyed sharing holidays with their favourite television characters. We grow invested in our friends on screen over the years; spending Christmas with them is a rite of passage, a chance for us to share tradition from our world with the fictional ones we see on screen. Some shows embrace the season wholeheartedly, characters in good spirits and enjoying the trappings of the season; others skew a little darker, bringing the more oppressive, burdensome side of the holidays to life. Either way, Christmas episodes tend to demonstrate the strengths of our favourite series,
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Top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time: 80 - 61

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Looking for some TV to fill you with festive cheer? Here are the next 20 episodes in our list of the top 100 Xmas TV episodes ever...

Read entries 100 - 81 on this list, here.

Since the medium’s infancy, viewers have enjoyed sharing holidays with their favourite television characters. We grow invested in our friends on screen over the years; spending Christmas with them is a rite of passage, a chance for us to share tradition from our world with the fictional ones we see on screen. Some shows embrace the season wholeheartedly, characters in good spirits and enjoying the trappings of the season; others skew a little darker, bringing the more oppressive, burdensome side of the holidays to life. Either way, Christmas episodes tend to demonstrate the strengths of our favourite series, and it’s long been a festive ritual of mine to wheel out old DVD sets
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Comic Book Review – Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #13

Chris Sanderson reviews Doctor Who:The Twelfth Doctor #13…

Earth is under attack from an ancient species who yoked suns and spanned galaxies before we’d even evolved opposable thumbs. Cities are tumbling under their assault, people are dying in droves… and only two people in the universe can save us. But first the Doctor and Clara must save themselves! Burning with fury forged in the heart of stars, armed with technology beyond human comprehension, composed of a fleet of unstoppable warships… the Hyperions have returned at last. Welcome to the Hyperion War… Welcome to the last days of Earth!

Crossing my desk today is the 13th issue of the Doctor Who, I’m a little late to the party but having picked it up I feel it was very simple for me to jump right in which is always nice. In this story The Doctor and Clara are in the
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The top 50 80s kids' TV themes

From Bananaman to Grange Hill, join us in a spot of TV nostalgia as we celebrate 50 great 1980s kids' TV theme songs...

There comes a time to turn away from the horrors of the world and retreat underneath the soft, comforting duvet of nostalgia. That time is Friday. That metaphorical duvet is below.

Here are fifty of the best kids’ TV theme songs (spread over two pages and in arbitrary order) of the 1980s. Some, like Alan Hawkshaw’s distinctive Grange Hill intro, are unarguable classics of the era, while others, like Mike Harding's Count Duckula, only started in the late-eighties and spent the rest of their run in the next decade.

Obviously, there being only 50 on this list, we may have missed out your favourite (deliberately or otherwise). Let us know if so, but remember that links may take a while to appear in the comments thread because
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Children's TV pretends disability doesn't exist

One in 20 children in the UK have a disability but major commercial channels such as Disney and Nickelodeon don’t feature any prominent disabled characters

Fireman Sam and How to Train Your Dragon feature the only disabled characters currently on long-running children’s television franchises.

Other characters crop up here and there – the Disney Channel introduced double-amputee Aussie explorer, Wildlife Will to its Doc McStuffins show, and it featured wheelchair user Johnny McBride (voiced by Shia Labeouf) in The Proud Family – but both appeared for one episode only.

We need to get away from this idea of ‘perfection’, the handsome prince and beautiful princess

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The jarring nostalgia of kids' TV reboots

How likely is the current crop of kids' TV reboots, from Danger Mouse to The Clangers, Morph and more, to harm your childhood memories?

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The period June 9th to 15th 2014 was an unpleasant raid on the collective VHS cassette memory of our youth. Not only did Eric Hill, the creator of Spot the Dog, pass away, but so too did Casey Kasem, who for forty years had been the voice of Scooby-Doo's snack wingman Shaggy. Francis Matthews, the stiff upper lip behind Captain Scarlet's stiff puppet lip, departed to be with a different angel squadron. And before that Earth lost Rik Mayall, who performed the best Jackanory ever. Sorry Prince Charles. He did.

So if you felt a part of your formative years had suddenly melted away like a Funny Feet ice cream abandoned on a see-saw, then that's perfectly normal. It's always sad and strangely personal
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Fisher-Price Gives Little People New Role to Play with TV Show (Exclusive)

Fisher-Price plans to turn its Little People line of toys into an animated TV series that will debut in 2015.

The company has turned to children’s television producer Hit Entertainment to begin pre-production on a CG-animated series Fisher-Price will introduce at this week’s Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, that kicks off Tuesday.

The production is the first collaboration between Hit and Fisher-Price to develop a Fisher-Price franchise since Hit was acquired by Mattel in 2012.

A 55-year-old brand, Little People is still going strong. It was the No. 1 play set among pre-schoolers over the past two years. New brand extensions like a TV show or web series are seen as ways to grow the popularity of the line with kids while introducing it to new ones.

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“Children have grown up with and loved the Little People brand for generations,
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The HeyUGuys Interview: Rupert Grint on Postman Pat: The Movie, and life post-Potter

It’s certainly no easy task to follow on from 11 years playing such a pivotal role in one of the biggest and highest grossing movie franchises of all time. However for Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter series, it’s been something of an enlivening, reinvigorating experience post-Potter, as the young actor continues to tackle an eclectic range of projects, now starring in Postman Pat: The Movie.

“I quite like variety and doing something different each time,” he told us. “The decisions are just based on good scripts and the people involved. It’s fun doing new things, and I’m just learning a lot. Although I was on Potter for all those years, you felt like you were in a bubble, those films were so unique I don’t think I’ll ever experience that scale and budget again. So it’s fun to do it on a smaller scale,
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Rupert Grint interview: Postman Pat, Knightmare, Statham

One of the stars of the new Postman Pat movie, Rupert Grint, chats to us about the film, Harry Potter, Knightmare and more...

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I felt sorry for Rupert Grint. Just an hour before he ended up speaking to me, he'd been interviewed live on air on Radio 2. Then he ended up in a basement of a London office, clutching a coffee, with me. While I had him trapped though, I got ten minutes of his time, and here's how it went...

You're clearly a much younger, more attractive and more learned man than me, and I expect our experiences of childrens' television is very different. Postman Pat is clearly a big thing for you, but what were the TV shows that helped define your youth? What were you watching as you grew up?

I really identified with characters that did things that it was feasible to achieve. Fireman Sam!
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Is The ‘Postman Pat’ Trailer The Worst Thing You’ve Ever Seen?

I’m a big child at heart, so before anyone even attempts to argue that “This is for the kids,” can I just remind us all that so was the original Postman Pat and it didn’t devolve into this mindless modern day pandering. I’ll always try and have a good outlook on films but this is disrespectful to both the original character, as well as treating children like the idiots they are not.

Postman Pat is a postman who serves a small village. The original stop-motion animated series had simple but calming plot lines. So what have they done with his big screen adventure? Thrust in a talent show competition plot that also involves robots taking over the world of course. Looking as terrible as the big screen adventures of Thomas The Tank Engine and The Magic Roundabout, I can’t wait for the cinematic adaptation of Fireman Sam,
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Fireman Sam, Thomas the Tank, He-Man: Lovefilm secures classic kids TV

Amazon's Lovefilm has secured the rights to a collection of iconic children's TV series including Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam and Pingu.

The streaming service has signed deals with Hit Entertainment, Ludorum and DreamWorks Classics and has also retained the rights to classic characters such as He-Man, Noddy and Postman Pat.

Popular kids favourites such as Pingu, Where's Wally, Bob the Builder and Kipper and over 50 episodes of Thomas & Friends are included in the deal.

Computer animated series Chuggington is also part of the service.

"The addition of this new children's content enhances our already fantastic range of iconic characters and classic shows," said Lovefilm's content strategy director Chris Bird.

"Our streaming service is particularly suited to family content, and parents and their kids can now enjoy an even broader variety of family-friendly entertainment whenever they want, however they want."
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