Cbeebies Blog: Mr Bloom's Nursery is here - by Mr Bloom!

Thursday 3 February 2011, 08:51

Ben (Mr Bloom) Ben (Mr Bloom)

My name is Ben Faulks. I am a Cornish born actor and writer based in Manchester.
It's been over 2 years since I first wheeled a pram full of baby vegetables into the BBC. Thankfully, I wasn't redirected down the road to Shepherds Bush Market…
I'd written an interactive theatre show about baby vegetables and been touring it around the UK and Europe for a few years before having the idea of how it could be adapted for TV. Thank the sky, the idea caught the attention of the BBC and so began what would eventually become Mr Blooms Nursery.

2009 saw the idea begin development, with lots of trips down to London, working up the idea and debating whether Margaret really was the right name for a cabbage. Then came 2010 where the production actually started, and in Manchester of all places! Half the filming was in a studio and the other half on location. Needless to say it rained (a lot) but it didn't stop us. All the children for the series came from the local area and weren't actors or trained in any way, so the interactions between them, myself and the puppets have a really natural feel to them. Mix that up with a spot of gardening, singing and dancing vegetables and I think we've got an interesting mix!

The fact that this is the first CBeebies in-house show out of Manchester is brilliant. Having lived and worked here for the last 10 years it's a fantastic feeling and with the launch only just around the corner, I can't blooming wait!

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    My children (girls 4 & 6) love this show (as do my wife and I!)
    It's so nice to see a fresh idea which incorporates learning and fun using 'puppets' these days.Ben has a really good,natural way with the 'tiddlers' and the songs are infectious! Good stuff!

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    Love Mr Blooms Nursery , My little boy (aged 2) never sits down to much programs but when it starts he dances to the theme tune and actually watches it! Love the way my lil boy can learn about veg in a fun way! have to say tho once i hear the tune its with me all day :) great work Ben

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    Comment number 3.

    Hi All, just got this message through from Ben:

    Hey there. Thanks for your comments. Its great to hear the shows going down well. And I totally know what you mean about the music. When we were filming there was always someone who'd be humming it. Infectious stuff! If you get a chance be sure to check out the website for more veggie fun and games. Bests! Ben.

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    Comment number 4.

    Dear Mr Bloom,
    My 3 year old completely loves your show! We watch 2 or 3 episodes every day on I-player! We have started making veggies from playdoh, and yesterday at the supermarket we had to buy a butternut squash, which now has googly eyes, and is her favourite thing! She is always out in the garden pretending to plant seeds, and talking to her veggies!

    Thank you so much for making the show, please tell the people in charge at cbeebies how much we love it. It's brilliant to see a show doing something different, really approachable for boys and girls. Never thought my dd would be excited about butternut squash and fennel! I hope you do a live tour, and please please make sure cbeebies give you another season!

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    Comment number 5.

    Would have to say Ben, your songs are downright catchy and at 2am in the morning when Ive woken up to sort my 2 year old out, "Meet the Veggies" is going around and around in my head.

    Its a great idea, my son loves the songs and the puppets arent that annoying! Besides its quite funny seeing a grown man dance in welly boots and a hat, which my 2 year old wants now!

    Wd on a very innovative programme that isnt too sickly sweet or politically correct

    Manda

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    Comment number 6.

    My 3 year old daughter loves Mr Bloom. We tape it every day and hope that another series is going to be on the cards???
    Have to agree about the songs tho - am constantly singing "With my veg and plants... I can sing and dance...". Driving my hubby nuts but makes the wee one dance :). Top series! Helen-O

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    Comment number 7.

    Hi. My 2 year old little girl absolutley loves the programme, we have both learnt the song and she has to watch them over again. She even pointed to the screen today and asked me when she can go there, Bless her. The programme is fantastic and its really nice for children to learn all about vegetables and gardening. My little girl has asked me if we can plant some vegetables, so thats our plan for the weekend.

    Gemma & Mika

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    Comment number 8.

    Fantastic show. One strange side-effect of Mr Bloom's Nursery is that our daughter now shows more of an interest in vegetables and eating them! Suffice to say that "Raymond" was a very popular addition to a pasta bake the other week. Just don't tell Mr Bloom!

    The other side effect is that the various tunes and songs in the show really get stuck in your head. Humming "Meet the Veggies" around the office as a 43 year old is probably frowned upon but Mr Bloom's Nursery is a fantastic example of why BBC children's programming is the cream of the crop.

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    Comment number 9.

    Hey Ben
    Just wanted to say thank you for helping to create such an inspirational show,My two year old daughter loves it very much especially Raymond :)Must say iv often found myself strumming "meet the veggies" tune on my guitar keep up the good work love it,Helen.

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    Comment number 10.

    my daughter loves this programme and enjoys dancing along with the songs. it keeps her quiet for a little while at least!

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    Comment number 11.

    My 4 year old little girl just loves the show and will sing & dance when it's on. She keeps asking if she can be a 'tiddler' one day... we live in Manchester... any chance??

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    Comment number 12.

    My 3 year old daughter loves Mr Bloom's Nursery. It is brilliant. The songs are so catchy we're often singing them at home.
    While out grocery shopping we now have to look out for Raymond, Sebastian, Margaret, Joan but especially Colin. We have had some strange looks from people when she shouts, "look Mummy, there's Colin" feeling so pleased with herself. She can't eat them though!
    I look forward to 20 minutes complete peace, except for the singing.
    Can you tell me if there are plans to release a Mr Bloom DVD?

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    Comment number 13.

    My children like this and I am wondering if anyone has noticed that their children are more interested in eating fruit and veg. after seeing the show or even in gardening?
    If so then keep up the good work !

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    Comment number 14.

    I just wanted to let you know that my children (3 and 2) absolutely LOVE Mr Bloom's Nursery. They know all the words to all the songs and sing and dance their way through each episode.
    My husband and I have renamed Colin 'Irritating Bean'. We wish he'd use full sentences, otherwise this is a wonderful programme!
    Have you any plans to take it on tour again?

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    Comment number 15.

    Dear Mr. Bloom

    Well done on getting your idea to come into 'fruition' ;-)

    My son is 21 months and does enjoy your programme, we have started to have great fun in the garden and he planted his first seeds the other day: courgettes and carrots.

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    Comment number 16.

    Ahhh Mr Bloom, we salute you! You have planted yourself into our lives and how lovely it is to have you here! Betty-Lou, my 2 1/2yr old daughter loves the show, Colin is her most favourite thing in the world at the moment!
    Just to let you know, you have made bedtime a peaceful occurrence once again in our house. Betty-Lou was getting rather stroppy at bedtime until I asked her to be a 'quiet bean', (she stopped and pondered on the idea, decided it was a good one and began being quiet). I thought I would try and take it one stage further and asked her to be a quiet bean in bed, she said 'Only if you sing the goodnight veggies song Mummy!' Of course, I had to oblige, as I have to every night before her and her sister will go to sleep! Peaceful bedtimes have now been restored and I thank you for this!
    We all love your show and long may it last! Well done!
    Shelley, Betty-Lou and Ellie-Mae! =D

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    Comment number 17.

    My 3 year old son loves Mr Bloom! We have spent far far too much time on the cbeebies website playing the games and singing to the songs. Completely infectious! Thankyou so much Ben for bringing something new and refreshing to cbeebies (already the best channel on tv!). I love the fact that the puppets are a little more unusual and not the typical carrot,potato etc as i think this really helps open kids eyes to all sorts of veg that is out there that otherwise some kids might not ever get familiar with. Your interaction with the kids is natural and respectful, and never patronising or over the top, Thankyou xx

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    Comment number 18.

    I agree with everyone else the songs are so catchy from the very first episode I was singing along and they really engage my 15 month old Amber. And it is all just quite original.
    I hope there are more series in the pipeline or even Ben in other programmes (he's gorgeous!)?

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    Comment number 19.

    My 3 year old and I love the songs from the show but it's true, you can't get them out of your head! I couldn't sleep the other night as 'Meet the veggies' was going round and round in my head. My little one has taken a real shine to Raymond - the other night as I was tucking him in singing 'Goodnight veggies, sleeptight veggies' he said 'Mummy, I'm Raymond the Squash'. I actually have to say 'Goodnight Raymond' now!! All good fun. Love it!

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    Comment number 20.

    Well done on an excellent show Ben. My busy 2 year old loves it and is stopped dead in his tracks when he hears the theme tune. He loves Mr Bloom (I admit to liking him a bit too much too!) and our favourite veg are the harmonious onions, potatoes and peas.

    More please, and a tour would be great!

 

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