Wallace and Gromit’s not so grand day?

I just watched this Television show. I stumbled across it on BBC’s iPlayer. It’s reasonably interesting in a childish way… and that’s what I thought it was – a children’s show.  Well, I was surprised to discover that it aired at 7:30pm which is otherwise known as prime British Family Telly time.  So I am a bit confused and I have to ask, what is this point of this show?  Is it showcasing Wallace and Gromit, is it showcasing invention?  What did the producers actually want to do here?  What it appears we have is some sort of odd halfway house where vignettes about inventions (which are actually interesting) are interspersed with unfunny jokes.

Because, let’s face it, we can’t have intelligent television about science and technology for families can we?  And we all know that scientists are either humorous boffins or filled with sinister intent. As we don’t want to scare the poor people of Blighty as they tuck into their peas I can see the producers opting for the humourous boffins.

And getting it wrong.

Compare this with Horrible Histories, which is a surprisingly entertaining kids show which doesn’t treat the little Kevins of the world as dolts.

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2 Comments on “Wallace and Gromit’s not so grand day?”

  1. Deb Wain says:

    Oh, you’re such a cynic. As if claymation would downplay the seriousness & intelligence of science! 🙂

    I’m just heckling blindly because the BBC iplayer won’t let me see! (It’s not for the likes of us in ‘the colonies’.)

    Hope you’re well & can find something to satisfy your mind on telly (though, I wouldn’t hold your breath if I was you).

    Cheers,
    Deb

  2. antihippy says:

    You should check out Horrible Histories. It’s a real hoot.

    Look at this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/horriblehistories/

    And it’s actually filled with good historical information. If you’re going to do a light, funny, safe-for-kids show this is how to do it!


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