This article makes me so happy: Kids are developing British accents after watching shows like Peppa Pig.
So in addition to Peppa, I thought I’d ask Jackie, our British Secret Weapon, about what other programs are popular for kids. And this is what she said:
Peppa Pig is an animated series for the under-5’s, but many adults enjoy watching it as much as their children. The lovable family of pigs charm audiences with their honest portrayal of family life. Accident-prone Daddy Pig is always breaking things; Peppa Pig has arguments with her little brother, George; and Mummy Pig is constantly juggling tasks to keep the family afloat. Despite the problems, each episode ends on a positive note. It’s a charming series for everyone!
Adaptations of books by David Walliams
David Walliams is a British comedian who has written many books for children. Every Christmas one is adapted for television and these have become an annual treat for the whole family. They are not festively themed, so can be enjoyed at any time of year. The most famous one is probably The Boy in the Dress which is about a boy exploring gender themes; but Gangsta Granny, Billionaire Boy, and Mr. Stink are also well loved.
The Magic Roundabout
The Magic Roundabout is a classic children’s television programme that originally began in 1965, but has had several relaunches since. Many of the characters from this series have entered popular British culture – including Dylan the dopey rabbit, Ermintrude the motherly cow, and Zebedee who bounces everywhere on a spring. The series gained cult status, with many people saying the characters were taking psychedelic drugs. Despite this, the series has been loved by generations of children who are unaware of these claims.
Blue Peter is the longest running children’s programme in the world. It was first broadcast in 1958 and has entertained generations of children with its magazine-style content. The presenters perform a range of tasks – from challenges like skydiving, to craft projects and cookery. They also interview celebrities and engage in the cultural issues of the day. Over the years Blue Peter has also become famous for its pets. The dogs, cats and tortoises are all household names, allowing children to learn about caring for animals without owning their own. It’s a classic of British television!”