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In the company of women

31 August 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Tim Lott ... lone man in a female household

I recently wrote a column stating that I believed my brain had been rotted by 18 years of being exposed to kiddie culture – Barbie dolls, puppet shows, shit movies with talking animals etc. But, as with so many of my opinions, it has recently occurred to me that I was wrong.

I have misremembered all the cultural gems I would have missed out on had I not had children. I think I've had more pleasure out of kiddie culture – particularly books and films – than reading all manner of literary novels and art-house movies.

The main scapegoat for the deleterious effects of kiddie culture is usually American kids' TV shows. This is what is fingered by parents as brain rot, contrasted with our supposedly more wholesome, homegrown produce.

But when people think of American cartoons, they still tend to think of low-grade, poor-quality conveyor-belt »

- Tim Lott

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Baby Jake: Going on an Adventure DVD Review

5 April 2012 2:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Created and produced by Maddy Darrell, who has also produced the children’s television shows Bear Behaving Badly and Pet Squad, Baby Jake blends animation and photo images to tell imaginative adventures starring a ten-month-old baby as his older brother narrates for the audience.

The BBC has released a number of merchandising for babies and toddlers while the series is continuing with its success and the company have distributed the series’ first DVD. While I am not as much of a fan for this show as much as the likes of Numtums and Charlie and Lola, this is no doubt different from other productions currently available for children.


As previously mentioned, each episode starts out with introducing a family that includes ten children that live in a windmill in a big, beautiful cornfield.

But out of this big family, we focus on Jake the baby and his older brother, Isaac, »

- Martyn Warren

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Gossip Girl Fashion Recap: A Valentine's Day Massacre

20 February 2012 8:19 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Apparently the Upper East Side fell off is axis on Valentine's Day.

Avery single Serena pined for a Blair-obsessed Dan, who kissed Blair, while Chuck, in all his St. Jude's glory (scarf! bow tie!), made moves to bring down the mop-haired Brooklynite, who let's face it, is nowhere in his league.

Charlie and Lola had a run-in with an oblivious Nate not putting the pieces together and Georgina continues to ruin everything for yet another week while her adorable husband cheers her on from the evil sidelines.

Whew. At least the fashion was on point.

Yes! The return of Blair's pretty hair! Pulled back in a loose braid, (Rapunzel reference?) and paired with a lilac and tweed number, B was feeling the love. Although the tweed vest was debatable, the look overall is an improvement of latter episodes, so we'll take it.

Actual Dress: Zac Posen Tweed Vest Dress

Steal »

- (TV Fanatic Staff)

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Is pre-school TV having a golden moment?

14 February 2012 5:41 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ex-Doctor Who boss Russell T Davies says kids' TV is in decline – but just look at Abney and Teal, Peppa Pig or Charlie and Lola

No less an authority than former "Whopremo" Russell T Davies – who cut his TV teeth on Children's Ward and whose latest project is Cbbc action romp Aliens Vs Wizards – recently lamented the decline of kids' TV. "I'm amazed people don't recognise the genius of children's writers," he said. "For example, Andrew Davenport, the creator behind Teletubbies and In The Night Garden, is up there, in my opinion, with Tom Stoppard and Samuel Beckett."

Putting aside the curious choice of comparison, his comments were fired by anger at ITV for ending production of children's shows. But judging by the TV I watch over my toddler's shoulder – Ok, sometimes he watches over my shoulder – Davies need not worry. There's enough excellent stuff on the BBC, Five's Milkshake, »

- Michael Hogan

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