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Unexpected Palin Quote by voxpops on 5 October 2007 4:18am
 
I was reading www.imdb.com and came across this item:

British Kids Shows Vanishing, Says Regulator
OFCOM, the British broadcasting regulator, has warned that British children's programs are being squeezed off the air by American kids shows. In a report, OFCOM observed that the commercial network ITV no longer produces children's programs at all, while Channel Five, another commercial network, has decreased its children's shows 58 percent. In a statement, OFCOM chief Ed Richards called for "a national debate on what measures, if any, can or should be taken" to combat the drain. Only the BBC, the report said, continues to produce a substantial number of kids' shows. In an interview with today's (Thursday) Daily Variety, Jocelyn Hay, chairman of the group Voice of the Listener and Viewer, said, "Unless swift action is taken to retrieve the situation, future generations will grow up with a Disneyfied view not only of the world but of their own culture and history." And in an interview with the London Times, former Monty Python member and film and stage producer Michael Palin commented, "Producing sympathetic, creative, entertaining and informative programs for [children] is a challenge which our broadcasters have risen to with great success. I urge them not to throw away this important opportunity to engage with children. To lose children's TV would be to lose some of our most inventive programs."
 
Re: Unexpected Palin Quote by fairygirl48 on 5 October 2007 4:51am
 
Even as an American I can see where Michael's coming from. Having seen kids shows from both sides of the pond the British shows were often more creative(The Clangers, anyone?) :)
 
Re: Unexpected Palin Quote by canaveralgumby on 5 October 2007 5:45am
 
They forgot to mention that MP was one of the creators and performers of "Do Not Adjust Your Set." In fact instead they gave him Eric Idle's credentials!!
 
Re: Unexpected Palin Quote by tucsonmike on 5 October 2007 6:06am
 
With so many channels nowadays, there is a market for all.
 
Re: Unexpected Palin Quote by arty_farty on 5 October 2007 1:08pm
 
but i have yet to see a wiccan program on the telly.

got to love the old english kids shows, i grew up glued to thomas the tank engine and fireman sam. also english kids shows are great resorses for naming pets and kids nicknames


 
Re: Unexpected Palin Quote by geordiegirl on 5 October 2007 3:14pm
 
Yes, good for Michael. He's written some good childrens' books himself: intelligent and imaginative work.
 
Re: Unexpected Palin Quote by tucsonmike on 5 October 2007 3:20pm
 
So write a Wiccan program, Lucy. You can do it!;)
 
Re: Unexpected Palin Quote by Palin_Lover on 6 October 2007 2:39am
 
Wise words from Michael Palin. =)
 



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