CBeebies Bedtime Hour is changing..

Tuesday 20 September 2011, 13:12

Catherine Carey Catherine Carey

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CBeebies is refreshing the 'Bedtime Hour' for the Autumn! Changes are being made to the programmes and because we understand that this time can be an important part of a family's eveningroutine, we're letting you know what's going to happen and when its going to happen.


From Monday 3rd October the 'Bedtime Hour' will have a new story in the line up. From 6.00pm 'Waybuloo' is welcomed back to Bedtime with brand new episodes to join 'In The Night Garden' followed by the 'Bedtime Story', as always in the final slot of the day. This programme will already be familiar to many CBeebies viewers. Fans of 'Charlie and Lola' will still be able to watch the programme on Fridays at 17.00 and weekends at 09.15 on CBeebies. It will return to the morning line up in November. '64 Zoo Lane' will be taking a break from the schedule and will return in 2012.

We endeavour to make changes gradually at different times of the day, without changing every programme because we know this can be disruptive to some viewers. Your feedback is really important to us, so do please let us know what you think about the changes here.

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    Comment number 1.

    Disappointed to hear Waybuloo will be returning to the "prime-time" of the CBbeebies schedule at the expense of two very likeable programmes. I do not want my little lad to be learning how to meditate and participate in the sorts of "New Age" activities this programme promotes. I'm sure the politically correct BBC would never for a moment consider accommodating a programme that showed youngsters how to "pray", so I'm not sure how this programme has ever made it on to kids TV? Along with the 2 new very amateurish new versions of the Bedtime songs ("Goodbye sun" and "The time has come to say 'Goodnight'") - please bring back the originals! - it appears the CBeebies bedtime hour is taking a turn for the worse, and in our household, it'll be time to dig out the kids DVDs!

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    Comment number 2.

    I'm in total agreement with post 1. We will be turning off cBeebies in favour of our Charlie and Lola DVDs.

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    Comment number 3.

    I'd echo Ethan's comment above about bringing out the DVD's! My children (2 and 4) respond well to a bit of narrative at that time of day, when we're leading into bedtime story time, so programmes like Charlie and Lola and 64 Zoo Lane work really well at 6.00pm. I think that both Waybuloo and Night Garden are really 'content-light', and it's obvious from my children's behaviour when these programmes come on that they agree! We'll be bringing out the 'retro' stuff: Bagpuss and Willo' the Wisp...

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    Comment number 4.

    Gaah. I get so tired of this. Every time they refresh the bedtime hour schedules there's a sea of complaints. I don't much care for Waybuloo either - I've argued against my discomfort with the meditative aspects of the show before - but I do accept that the programme isn't actively "promoting" anything.

    Ethan, you actively say that you will be getting out the DVDs, so why not just do that, and accept that not everything the BBC does is going to be tailored to your own individual needs?

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    Comment number 5.

    My son is just two and I really don't like the bedtime line-up. Some of your programmes eg I Can Cook, Come Outside etc he loves and are educational, but I hate all this incomprehensible stuff. I wouldn't object if half the hour was In the Night Garden, Waybuloo etc which obviously some people are keen on, but the whole hour (apart from the story) is just rubbish. Please amend!

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    Comment number 6.

    The bottom line here: this isn't canvassing for our opinion on whether the BBC are doing the right thing. This is advance notice. Why do they get this reaction every time they change the schedules? When Waybuloo came off there was a flood of criticism. Now it's coming back, we get complaints.

    CBeebies isn't for us. It's for our children. The BBC have spent years researching into, making and acquiring stuff that works and that our children enjoy. I'm not a fan of Get Squiggling (Worst. Theme music. Ever) but my middle son adores it, so if it's on, it's on. If they're not enjoying what's on, it goes off (although rarely have I had to do that).

    Thanks to digital TV, the widespread availability of cheap DVDs and the Internet, we now have access to a greater variety of children's entertainment than ever before. There are millions of license payers who the BBC have to please all at the same time and that's an impossible job, and all they ever get from us are complaints that they're not doing it properly. There's plenty of choice - we're spoiled in comparison to the other parts of the world.

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    Comment number 7.

    Booo to Waybuloo!

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    Comment number 8.

    i personally dont mind the change to waybuloo as my little one is generally still in the bath getting dressed etc at this time she loves in the night garden and sits beautifully to watch it what i dont like is the new twist on the songs to say goodnight it is almost as if they have been given the xmas jingle but me and my partner have said it was so much better when ceri and alex sung the songs especially when we r expecting this to b one of the last things are children hear b4 bedtime

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    Comment number 9.

    I would like to thank the BBC for giving me enough notice this Autumn in getting prepared for these up-coming changes to the Cbeebies Bed time hour line up.
    In April when you decided that Cbeebies Radio was going to be scrapped from BBC 7(now BBC4Extra/+ Not sure which) I had to deal with an irate 4 year old at 6 am on a Monday morning- only to be told we had to listen to it Online(not possible in our house)
    At least I now have just over a week to smooth over the fact that the programmes Waybaloo and In the NIght Garden are not really age appropriate (in my opinion) for a bright TALKATIVE nearly 5 year old and her sister who is 3 yrs also with vocab beyond her years. Get the DVR working on overtime on programmes which are harmlessly educational with proper speech.
    The BBC seems to be very good at wasting large volumes of cash that they keep telling us they dont have. WHY O WHY - IF IT ISNT BROKEN WHY FIX IT? Everyone I have spoken too is also very upset/cross/baffled as to why the changes are necessary in such a big way.
    I would also like to agree with various of the other posts that the new songs are awful, BEDTIME HOUR calming, not ready to brighten everyone up before bedtime.
    In our house,from the 3rd October the new line up will be.... a DVD of one programme and then television off and a decent story from a book.

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    Comment number 10.

    Despite having seen it so many times, our daughter always seemed to be transfixed by the two bedtime hour songs, she definitely found them relaxing & contributed to the cosy, winding down time before bed. The new songs have a very impersonal, almost clinical, churned out marketed feel about them.... nothing cosy about them at all! Please don't change everything over to computerised, animated graphics. Keep that personal touch going with the presenters - to a tiny tot, its a real person making a connection with them about their bedtime routine, the new songs are just a collage of 'cartoon' type images which our daughter just switches off from (she's just 2yrs old), uninterested at the lack of personal effort put into her last tow songs of the day.

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    Comment number 11.

    Well, I'm happy to see Waybuloo back! My little girl is 21 months, and loves it. And as someone else said, it's for them - not us. Anyway, I love watching her do her "Yogo" :-)
    What's wrong with a bit of meditation?!

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    Comment number 12.

    Not a big fan of waybaloo, but then what happened to the good old fashioned read to your child yourself at bedtime? And then sing a few rhymes? Spending time with them rather than sitting them infront of the TV baysitter!
    Let them see real books!

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    Comment number 14.

    We tend not to have the TV on after dinner, anyway, so I suppose I've been less worried about the bedtime hour than others. On the evening when we do have it on - when I need something to calm them down before I read them a story (which we do every night) - I'll find that they will watch *whatever* is on. The same goes for pretty much anything during the day. And my children aren't TV addicts. They're quite happy to switch off. They're just easily pleased. And I don't think they're alone. We post about how our children don't like this or don't like that, and how these changes will upset them, but is it more that the changes are liable to upset us?

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    Comment number 15.

    Personally I welcome the return of Waybuloo - the New Age aspects people seem to take offence to is so mild I really see no harm, and my son loves the calming movement and music. I'll be sad to see Charlie & Lola moved, but I have to admit I won't miss 64 Zoo Lane - my son isn't interested in it at all, and from my point of view the theme tune is horrendous. The new lineup is much preferred in terms of winding him down before bed.
    However, I have to echo others in their distaste of the new songs. They are awful! Very clashy, and far from the lovely calming songs previously used. I still sing the old ones to him as I'm putting him to bed, but have to mute the new versions.

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    Comment number 16.

    Ahhh the bedtime hour i remember it well, my daughter is nearly 5 now, but we have a 10 week old baby now and i'm looking forward to watching cbeebies all over again.
    I have pre warned my daughter that she will now have to share the tv, we love waybuloo and my eldest loves copying what they do. x

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    Comment number 17.

    Waybuloo is a huge favourite in our house! I was gutted when it changed for the summer, and we are so pleased its back. I think you need to see childrens programmes for what they are.. childrens programmes. Waybuloo has no hidden message! That comment made me laugh. ..
    This is one household, that is very happy the line up is changing, and for the better !

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    Comment number 18.

    My daughter's favourite programme since forever has been Waybulloo. It's not teaching them religious values or to pray as some have suggested, it's merely a "cute" yoga thing. Regardless of if the creaters intended to promote religious values or not, the programme does not mention it.
    We dislike Charlie and Lola immensely, and have gone off In the Night Garden, which used to be another of my daughter's favourites.
    My daughter really likes Something Special, but I do not agree with making the programme entirely about disabled kids, as I believe this causes other kids to see them as "different", when they should be taught that there is nothing "different" about them at all!!!
    (I understand how Waybulloo and In the Night Garden are good, calming aspects to a winding down routine, but the whole hour??? Please try investing in some NEW, decent programming instead of putting Justin on ALL THE TIME).

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    Comment number 19.

    I agree with post no1 in the fact of the new night time song!! this is a change and ever since my son has watched cbeebies it has been the same cheery one!! although i do not believe waybuloo teaches children to "pray"... also mini citv is coming out so dont change too much otherwise im sure people will switch over!! :D

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    Comment number 20.

    comment 18 is completely right about something special!! all tho it is an amazing programme it should not just be totally aimed around disabled children :D

 

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