I grew up in Britain watching Tales of the Riverbank, and as the parent now of a toddler in Los Angeles, I wish I could get hold of some episodes on DVD.
We allow our son to watch only very limited TV - never live, always selected from our DVR or two or three favorite DVDs (a 1980s claymation Curious George, for example, and A Charlie Brown Christmas, which is still totally magical) - and I recall the relaxed rhythm and charming Johnny Morris voice-over of Hammy the Hamster's adventures as an influence on my own love of animals, as well as my burgeoning interest in film-making (I think I tried to recreate scenes myself with my own poor hamster).
I haven't seen this series since childhood, and it only came to mind the other day when my wife and I were discussing the role TV should or should not play in our child's upbringing, but I remember it as a gem, both in terms of its story lines and its gentle love of life.
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