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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
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Re: British Kids TV Shows by Godfather on 11 May 2004 7:17pm
Thanks for that, Sminobe,

I liked Michael's fan letter reading MPEG, along with his "Cooking for Christmas" clip.
It was lucky he did'nt speak to people in Sahara with that dodgy french accent impersonation.

I also noticed a young David Jason on that top picture.
Re: British Kids TV Shows by irishmanufan on 15 May 2004 9:55pm
yes he was part of do not adjust your set with denise coffey as well as terry micheal and eric .
i am irish and i never knew nick nack paddy wack give the dog a bone was a refernce to the beating of irish people in the past , i learned to sing that in school . i have heard the term paddy wacking though .
Re: British Kids TV Shows by canaveralgumby on 16 May 2004 6:41pm
My two cents (sorry if these have not been seen in the UK):

"Pee Wee's Playhouse" had a few bits here and there -I remember particularly when "the most beautiful girl in the world" did a clog dance and there were breasts a-flying. They panned up VERY slowly from her feet... Pee Wee and Cowboy Curtis just clapped along. That's Cowboy Curtis, whom we now know as Morpheus.

My favorite all-time cartoon show was "Rocky & Bullwinkle" which was all about the Cold War, but when I was 6, I didn't know that!

Currently I LOVE "Dora the Explorer." I have no children at home BTW. This is a show that teaches little kids basic English and Spanish. Dora needs to find something to continue on with her journeys, such as a rowboat, so she gets near one, but doesn't see it, and turns to the "camera" and says to the viewer, "How can I get across the river?" So at 6:30 am Saturday morning, children all over America are SCREAMING at the tv, "THE ROWBOAT!! BEHIND YOU!! THE ROWBOAT!!" And that's actualy quite ANTI-adult, but a great practical joke on parents!
Re: British Kids TV Shows by George on 17 May 2004 4:10am
Rocky & Bullwinkle, a timeless master piece about a whole lot more than just the Cold War.

"Moose and squirrel must die!!" (thick Russian accent)
Re: British Kids TV Shows by callumalden on 20 May 2004 11:48pm
Palin once stared in Do Not Adjust Your Set (1967-1969) ? Right, or was that all the Pythons and not Palin. Anyhoo - i saw aa 30 second clip of it on Python Night. Amazing. Hillarious - followed by Idle saying "aw.. well we wrote the gags for us- aparently adults would rush home from the office to catch it" at one point it was repeated later at night for an adult audience. Yet it was accessable by children compleatly. Because it was silly. I think that is the Number One reason that Python works... it is silly, *think slap slap splosh* BUT then, looking at the fish-slapping dance, its silly but its adults being silly... that's why we love it- more of that.

On the issue of suiting shows to kids. I think their ruined. I saw a 12 (or so) year old walking down the high-street the other day wearing a tank top the slogan on it read "Whore". Two points - firstly; Why have the parents of this child allowed such offensive material to be accessable to this child. Second; why did the manufacturer feel this was relavent to such a market - lets blame TV?. Just my northern puratinusm? Oh well.

Furthermore in the 60's there was such a revolution and sexual rule breaking that we have become accustomed to this sort of behaviour, Children of 12 years old faught no cultural revolution - next pampers will be endorsing Eminem.

- for discussion.
Re: British Kids TV Shows by irishmanufan on 21 May 2004 12:44am
some of the pythons were in do not adjust your set . as i mentined in my last post it was eric idle micheal palin and terry jones .
Re: British Kids TV Shows by canaveralgumby on 21 May 2004 3:59am

My son just graduated high school here in the States (Florida). His entire life, there have been friends' parents who were drunk all the time or never ever home or just plain ignorant.

At age 5, FIVE mind you, he met a new neighbor and went for a sleep-over. I think the other child was 6. I'd met the mother, it all seemed fine. The child's mother rented them the video of "Nightmare on Elm Street" to watch. My son called me at midnight asking me to come get him. He was all upset, naturally.

The next day I asked the mother why she let the kids watch this movie. She said she didn't know it was bad. She said the Freddie action figure was on sale at Toys-r-Us and so she figured it was for kids. I said, "LOOK at the action figure!" I told her she could always check the movie rating on the box!

It's just common sense. Some people have it, some people don't.

It's my fantasy that there'd be a common sense test, and if you fail, you get neutered or spayed. But I'm also a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union, so don't tell anyone I said that.
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