Saturday 27 February 2021

Where's the roast beef?


This takes me back to my youth, when you'd often hear people railing at the Americanisation of British children's TV - indeed, the Americanisation of everything. 

Those were the days of Scooby-Doo, The Huckleberry Hound ShowThe Yogi Bear ShowWacky RacesCaptain Caveman & many others. 

Here in 2021 the BBC's director of BBC Children's & Education Patricia Hidalgo says she wants this Americanisation sharply reversed

She aims to make BBC children's TV, especially cartoons, more British "or, at least, European" and dreams of creating an "amazing" version of The Simpsons for children and families in the UK:

What I think we can do is set our characters in a British setting, or at least European. When I’m talking now [in meetings], I’m saying, what about roast beef instead of turkey? We should be thinking about these things. Children grow up with these cultures. Why not infuse more of our culture?

All the newspaper cite JoJo & Gran Gran, the first BBC TV cartoon to centre on a black British family, as the prime example of the kind of programme she wants. 

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