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Sesame Street - No longer on UK screens

Probably not news to a lot of people.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8340141.stm

Recently in the UK I bought a DVD set of early, 1970s Sesame Street episodes which my 2 year old loves watching. It is quite amusing to see a young Bill Cosby with big hair reciting the alphabet - which my wee one recites along to.

Given some of the appalling offerings for childrens TV today (Tellytubbies, Tweenies, Fimbles etc) I think the 'Street was pretty much ahead of its time. The number and literacy repetition exercises are really great - and my little one also loves counting in Spanish along with Raul Julia.

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Probably not news to a lot of people.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8340141.stm

Recently in the UK I bought a DVD set of early, 1970s Sesame Street episodes which my 2 year old loves watching. It is quite amusing to see a young Bill Cosby with big hair reciting the alphabet - which my wee one recites along to.

Given some of the appalling offerings for childrens TV today (Tellytubbies, Tweenies, Fimbles etc) I think the 'Street was pretty much ahead of its time. The number and literacy repetition exercises are really great - and my little one also loves counting in Spanish along with Raul Julia.

Cheers,
Nick
But there is also Numberjacks, Tikkabilla and a whole host of other educational programmes on CBeebies.

I had the misfortune to have to sit through a programme based on one of the spin off characters of Sesame Street (red fluffy thing - Elmo?) with my son. He was two years old at the time and even he said "This is silly, mummy." I don't think the budget ran very high with the Sesame spin-off characters' programming...
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But there is also Numberjacks, Tikkabilla and a whole host of other educational programmes on CBeebies.

I had the misfortune to have to sit through a programme based on one of the spin off characters of Sesame Street (red fluffy thing - Elmo?) with my son. He was two years old at the time and even he said "This is silly, mummy." I don't think the budget ran very high with the Sesame spin-off characters' programming...
Our little one got hooked on Elmo for a few months. We got the DVD's cheap in Prague and they are rather fun to watch in Czech . Then suddenly she seemed to lose all interest in them.

I'll have to hunt down the old Sesame Streets- I didn't realize they had put the early shows on DVD. I always wanted to work in the Fix-it Shop when I grew up .
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"I don't know if I learnt anything but I felt like I was learning something. If you grew up in a boring, white British environment, it showed you a place with black faces, different cultures and creeds and people living together in harmony. "

This pretty much sums up the show for me. Back in the early 80's where I was growing up it was extremely rare to see a person of another colour. With Sesame St it kind of seemed like there was another world other than what was going on in my small town. That can only be a good thing.

All that AND the song 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12!

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But there is also Numberjacks, Tikkabilla and a whole host of other educational programmes on CBeebies.

I had the misfortune to have to sit through a programme based on one of the spin off characters of Sesame Street (red fluffy thing - Elmo?) with my son. He was two years old at the time and even he said "This is silly, mummy." I don't think the budget ran very high with the Sesame spin-off characters' programming...
I haven't seen the recent 'Street episodes - so can't comment. To me, Tikkabilla looks a bit like Playschool without Big Ted and Jemima. Apart from the clock, TB does not cover basic literacy skills which SS does (or did).

The Beeb used to make some really great kids programmes - for example Bagpuss packaged up things like Chinese folktales and Greek myths. My little one also loves Mary, Mungo and Midge played on Youtube.

Blue Peter was never my thing - though Sarah Greene and Caron Keating kind of made it worth tuning in to (I went to Hull Uni but I never saw the infamous snooker table). Magpie was a far superior example of the genre.

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Re: Sesame Street - No longer on UK screens

pinball animation - why is this the most 'memorable' thing on sesame street ?

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pinball animation - why is this the most 'memorable' thing on sesame street ?
You learn how to count to twelve AND it's probably the best piece of educational music ever!
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Re: Sesame Street - No longer on UK screens

Very timely thread because Sesame Street celebrates its 40th birthday today.
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No, no, no, no, no!

This is the best piece of educational music ever, and I'll set the Ninky Nonk on anyone who disagrees.
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Re: Sesame Street - No longer on UK screens

They seem to be keeping it pretty hip:



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