I managed to wangle an invite to the Wot Wots toy launch, unfortunately I then got to the launch far too late to see anything. But hey, all is not lost, Daddacool went on time. He is very punctual. I have allowed him the chance to guest blog here. He is grateful, I think he’s brilliant.
I’m a fan of the children’s programmes on Channel 5. Not just thanks to Beth, Jenny and Naomi mind (although to us 30 somethings they’re definitely a boon) but thanks to a lot of the actual childrens programmes too. CBeebies is all very good but it’s just so worthy at times. Every show has to have a representative character and there’s more than a hint of edu-tainment about it all. With the likes of the Little Princess, Rupert, Bottletop Bill and Peppa Pig I get the feeling I’m being entertained rather than moralised at.
We sat next to an elderly gentleman in a very natty blazer who turned out to be Nicholas Parsons. I was paralysed by an inability to remember anything he’d been in other than a couple of episodes of Dr Who in 1989 (The Curse of Fenric, it was very good, he played a vicar which he does very well). M’laddo hasn’t shown an interest in Dr Who yet and to be fair a huge projection screen with the Wot Wots on it was sufficient distraction for him.
There were a lot of kids and a slight deficit of toys, but M’laddo is quick on his feet and managed to get a good play with Dotty Wot and her floaty chair in. The look of awe on his chops when he got to play with the actual characters from the programme was worth setting off into London during the early morning rush hour for alone. In fact, the mini Spotty Wot toy he got to take away is the only soft toy he has ever taken to bed along with his beloved BunBun. You see, unlike a lot of programme merchandise, (In the Night Garden, I’m looking at you), the Wot Wot toys actually look pretty much spot on as they do on the screen. This is I’m told a result of the creators making sure they were happy with the toys rather than just licensing it off and raking in the spondoolicks. Whatever it was, it worked and M’laddo is certainly grateful!