Nostalgia Sunday: Kid's TV (CBBC) Part Two
So I'm back at it again with my second post about CBBC shows from the noughties. There are just so many good children's TV shows from this era that it is very hard to whittle them all down to include in just one blog post. So I guess we'd better stop messing around and get right on to it...
Bear Behaving Badly
This was just such a good show and I always loved it when CBBC would put on back-to-back episodes of it. Nev was just an all-round legend who you couldn't help but love. And even though you were meant to hate Mr Prank (also known as Mr Angry-Pants), you couldn't help but find a place in your heart for him as well. Not only that but THE Barney Harwood was in it, which just made this show even better than it already was. You can watch an episode of it here.
From Tracy Beaker herself, Dani's House was just another of CBBC's many god tier programmes. I mean, who could forget the whole axolotle drama? It pretty much gave you an insight into what it is like to have a younger brother and have his friend at the house all the time, along with some of your friends. I did always wonder where their parents were though, as it seemed odd to me that all of these things happened, yet the parents were never there to sort it out. You can watch an episode of the show here.
As someone who is really interested in history, this show was great for me because I was able to take a look back at what people's lives used to be like, whether that be from ten years ago or sixty years ago. One thing that also made it great was that the celebrities were asked what they would tell their twelve-year-old self if they got the chance, and this is some advice that I would take on board where I could to try and put it into my everyday life. You can watch an episode of the show here.
Basil's Game Show
The only thing I can really remember from this show was that the kids that went on it were in their pyjamas and they had to lie on bunk beds and whoever was on the top bunk was at risk of falling into the gunge. But I can remember absolutely loving this show and I feel that it is one that not many people remember. It did feature two of CBBC's most loved presenters: Basil Brush and Barney Harwood. You can watch an episode of the show here.
"_____ download complete". This show was maybe just after the 2000s, but it was still a big part of my childhood, along with any other child who was born in the early 2000s, so it still counts. It also featured Tyger Drew-Honey and Richard Whisker, two of the people I used to fancy as a child. My favourite parts of this show had to be 'hot or not' and 'challenge Tyger'. You can watch an episode of the show here.
Horrible Histories: Gory Games
Again, this show was also slightly after the noughties, but still a part of my childhood nonetheless. It was essentially a quiz show based on history and themes from Horrible Histories. It also involved a few physical challenges, one of which I can remember involving a pyramid, but cannot remember what exactly they had to do with it. You can watch an episode of the show here.
This show was so bad that it was good. It was essentially a show where the hotel owner's wife wanted to turn it into something else, they always had Mrs Poshington there cleaning and there was always something going disastrously wrong. My favourite character had to be Lenny because he was very clumsy and was always getting things wrong but he was such a lovable character. You can watch an episode of the show here.
Marrying Mum and Dad
I feel like I'm cheating here because this is yet ANOTHER programme that didn't air during the noughties. But I was still watching CBBC until I was twelve/thirteen so I guess it still kind of counts as even though I'm mostly looking back at things from the noughties, these things are all from my childhood, so if we have to extend it by a couple of years then so be it. This show was essentially where kids would plan their parents wedding and the parents would have absolutely no say in what happened (a bit like 'Don't Tell The Bride', except the groom wasn't involved either). I would always try and think of what kind of wedding I would plan for my Mum and Dad if they were getting married, but I'm not a very imaginative person and could never think of anything interesting. You can watch an episode of the show here.
Me and My Monsters
I absoBLOODYlutely LOVED this show! I also had a MASSIVE crush on Eddie, who was the youngest of the family and the person who originally tried to hide the monsters from his family, later becoming best friends with them. The monsters were always incredibly friendly and could never harm a fly. When the family became aware of them, it was always a mission to keep them hidden in the basement so anyone who came to the house couldn't find out about them, although this was always difficult and the monsters would always leave the basement and be somewhere else around the house. You can watch an episode of the show here.
"OOglies! The eyes are watching you". This was a show were (essentially) googly eyes had been stuck onto everyday inanimate objects that got up to all sorts of mischief. I feel that looking back at this now, I can kind of see why people look at children's programmes and say these days they're a load of crap, because, to be fair, if someone described the concept of this show to me now, I would think it sounded like crap and definitely wouldn't watch it. But if you actually watch the show, it's just really funny. You can watch an episode of the show here.
What even was this show? It was essentially a normal everyday family who had a cartoon son. But people never really seemed to question there being a cartoon amongst them. Also, the fact he was always naked and no one ever overlooked this either was also another weird thing about this show. But despite this, this was a much-loved show of mine that I think not everyone remembers. Basically, Roy was the cartoon and he often got himself into a lot of scrapes and mishaps, which often involved someone shouting "ROYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!" at the top of their lungs. You can watch an episode of the show here.
I think pretty much every pre-teenage girl in the UK watched this show. Watching this show was kind of like watching your friends on TV (which makes me sound SO sad) because Sadie would always refer back to the audience at home, which made you feel like you were a part of the show too. I loved all of the characters in this show, but I think Kit had to be my favourite (other than Sadie). This is because he was just all-round fabulous and funny. You can watch an episode of the show here.
Sorry, I've Got No Head
Looking back on it now, I feel that this show was essentially a child-friendly version of Little Britain. It was a show involving many different characters that did lots of crazy things. They had the two people who believed everything cost £1000 ("A THOUSAND POUNDS?!?!?"); the witchfinder general, who believed everyone he saw was a witch ("WITCH! SHE'S A WITCH"); and the fearsome vikings, who actually ran away from everything. You can watch an episode of the show here.
The Sarah Jane Adventures
This was one of those shows where I kind of watched it on and off as it wasn't really my type of genre, but I'm pretty sure everyone my age watched this at some point. Sarah Jane was one of the Doctor Who companions and this show was a spin-off of that. Also, can we just take a second to appreciate Luke (played by Tommy Knight who played Kevin in Waterloo Road) - he is husband material. You can watch an episode of the show here.
So that is it with noughties (and very early 2010s) CBBC shows for now. There should be a part three to this going up in the next week or so, but I can't make a promise about that. So if there are any other CBBC shows that I haven't mentioned thus far then please let me know because there is bound to be some that I have forgotten. And if there are any other topics that you would like me to cover as part of nostalgia Sunday, then please let me know that also.
Love Beth xx