Children’s Television – Reflecting on the Past

Children’s television has certainly changed over the years. Despite all new and modern programmes coming out today, my kids seem to enjoy the older programmes I used to watch as a kid myself. I reflect over kids programmes from the past vs programmes released today. Read about it here!

Have you ever had those moments where you sit down to have a nice relaxing coffee after the hussle bussle of the morning rush getting the children all ready for school and getting them there on time?

You have a million and one things to do but your toddler wants you to sit on the sofa with them for a little while they want to watch their favourite programme. It’s fine because that’s just a little slice of peace before the chaos of the rest of the day unfolds.

Well I tend to do this with Aurora every morning. Her two favourite programmes are ‘Waffle the Wonder Dog‘ and ‘Teletubbies‘, and one of them drives me completely crazy. I have even started singing the theme tune to myself when i’m doing something else.

Can you guess which children’s programme drives me to insanity?………..

It’s Waffle the Wonder Dog of course.

I don’t mind a bit of Teletubbies – I can tolerate that just fine but Waffle, certainly not! Somebody help me!

As I’m writing this I still have the theme tune swimming around in my head.

‘Oh Waffle, oh Waffle, leaping around like a frog.

We just want to say one thing you’re such a clever dog.

So many nights we’re awake when you’re woofing, but we still love you!

Everybody! Waffle doggy. Waffle doggy.

You’re such a clever dog, you’re such a clever dog you are. Oh oh oh oh oh.’

Aurora seems to love it even though it’s usually the same episodes over and over again. It’s also on demand (helpless sigh).

I hear you ask why put myself through the torture if I hate it so much? Well as many of you know toddlers scream very very loudly. I think i’d prefer sending myself a little bit loopy with the Waffle song than to a screaming banshee running around the house after me.

I remember the days when the programmes were much different, and in my eyes much better too! Many of the children’s programmes nowadays are computer generated, including Teletubbies, Bob the builder, PJ Masks, Fireman Sam and more.

What happened to the good-old television shows like Bear in the Big Blue House, Funny Bones, Rolie Polie Olie, Tweenies, Bill and Ben The Flower Pot Men, Arthur, Rosie and Jim, Tots TV and Noddy?

I loved these when I was a kid! There was so much more imagination, time and effort put into these programmes than what there seems to be nowadays. I think it’s disappointing to say the least. I think this generation of children are really missing out.

I’ve found some of these programs on YouTube, even older versions of Teletubbies which is much different to the one they currently air on TV. Noo-Noo was blue for a start. I’m guessing he broke and they needed a new hoover after his years of service and chose a yellow and orange one to replace him.

I showed Faith many of the older programmes we used to watch when we were children and she loved them! She usually asks to watch them on my phone. The one she likes the most is Funny bones.

I haven’t showed them to Aurora yet but I might introduce her to Bear in the Big Blue House because it was my absolute favourite when I was growing up, and I’m hoping it will give this Mummy a break from Waffle Doggy too (fingers crossed).


I’d love to hear if any of your little one’s have a favourite programme that drives you loopy too. Peppa pig perhaps? Or something completely different? You can also let us know a program you loved as a child. Please drop it in the comments section below!


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Author: Zoe

Hi! I'm Zoe Williams. I am a mum of 4 children and I am in a happy relationship with my partner Liam. I like reading, writing and various other activities. I like spending time with the kids and now I am here to blog about it.

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