Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Won't somebody please think of the children?!

You know, I grew up during the 1990's with the likes of Byker Grove, Grange Hill, Ghost Hunter, Pig Heart Boy, the Demon Headmaster and Aquilla on the air. Of course, long before that you had Children's Ward and Press Gang, too. Lots of diverse programming there, I think you'll agree. Nowadays, children's television is dying a slow death - as every year the amount of hours devoted to it drops further, and the budget shrinks faster than a guy's manhood during a cold winter's day.

Russell T Davies isn't happy about the changes, and he makes that clear during an interview with Licensing.biz (reported here via DigitalSpy
). He cries, "Children's TV has all but disappeared from ITV, literally vanished from the schedules, and it's not coming back any time soon. We need to embrace what the BBC has. Something massive needs to be done - children's programming needs more money and it needs to urgently. Nothing is more important than our children. It is not nostalgic to remember something that was brilliant. It is remembering something that you loved."

Let's hope more shows like The Sarah Jane Adventures manage to make it on the air and carry the tradition forward.

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Oh, and better late than never - the Comic Relief mini-episode of the SJA was watched by 8.3 million viewers. More people watched Ronnie Corbett the Slitheen than ITV1's Emmerdale. Hooray!
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