New Waybuloo!

Sunday 8 January 2012, 17:09

Catherine Carey Catherine Carey

Waybuloo


UPDATE FROM CBEEBIES TEAM: Thanks for all your comments - its great to see how passionate you are about the show. We've listened to all your feedback and have decided to revert to the original format for the show in Bedtime from tonight onwards. Thanks for all your views - keep them coming!

Waybuloo returns on Monday in a brand new format. We asked the show's executive producer Vanessa Hill to tell us a bit about the new look show:

I've been with the show since it started over four years ago and we all felt that we'd now like to try something a bit different to change parents and children's experience of the show.

We know that our fans love the Piplings, the show's positive outlook and the chance to get down on the living room floor and join in with some yogo - so obviously all of that had to stay.

But we wanted to make the show easier for families to watch together, engaging older siblings as well as making it more fun for parents and careers to enjoy the action too. So we've done two things. Firstly we've reduced the episodes. But more importantly we've built up the innate and gentle humour of the show by adding a narrator.

And what a narrator we've got! We've struck gold again with the brilliant Dave Lamb, who I'm certain many mums and dads will know from Come Dine With Me and older siblings will recognise from CBBC's hit Gory Games. I've previously worked with Dave on Big Barn Farm so I knew he'd be perfect. And Dave has a young daughter himself so knew Waybuloo well before we asked him to join the show. He brings his trademark inimitable and humorous style to the series, acting as a light-hearted guide for children, but also their parents, to the Piplings' adventures in Nara.

So I hope that we've created a series that is funnier, clearer in the stories it tells to our audience and is something the whole family will enjoy together.

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    Comment number 22.

    Oh dear. What have you done? Our lovely peaceful 20 minute show has been ruined by a sarcastic sounding commentator. What were you thinking? I think the show has been made harder to watch, not easier

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    Comment number 23.

    Please go back to the original format! My daughter and I really dislike the new style of episode. Now far from being a relaxing and calming show, Waybuloo has got far too loud with an extremely annoying narration! This was not necessary and it's really disappointing that the episodes have been shortened too. If this is going to be a permanent change we will not be watching any more. We really enjoyed the soothing versions of Waybuloo in previous series' but the narrator is a very bad idea and his over zealous commentary has got my little girl far too revved up, isn't it supposed to be the bedtime hour???

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    Comment number 24.

    Although I understand the need to change the programme, the addition of a narrator seems like an odd choice (especially one so closely associated with a VERY sarcastic persona on another show). After watching the first show, the new narrator feels intrusive and the overall feel of the show seems to have changed and has lost some of it's 'relaxed' feeling that made the show work for my family (especially at bed time). We'll give it time, but right now we're not convinced...

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    Comment number 25.

    I'm sorry CBeebies but me and my 9 month old are less than impressed :0( We both loved Waybuloo and my daughter always reacted really well to the previous format. It engaged and entertained her, as well as settling her down for bedtime. The new narration by Dave Lamb is distracting and irritating. He's great on Come Dine with Me, but not suitable for this programme at all. In fact, it doesn't need narration. The previous format and programme length was perfect. The programme had a gentle, lilting, dreamlike feel which has now been lost. Our household is so disappointed. I've even created a BBC ID to leave this comment. Such a shame :0( Please put it back how it was

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    Comment number 26.

    I hate it, my daughter who previously would sit and relax and enjoy waybaloo and join in with the yoga every night has left the room!! Clearly she's as impressed as I am.

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    Comment number 27.

    Unfortunately I don't think the changed format has worked. My daughter who is 7 months old normally lies back and is totally enraptured by the show completely chilling out before going to bed once the show ends. Tonight she is still actively playing and showed no interest in the show whatsoever. The voice over was too loud and was a complete contrast to the previously chilled and calm show. Very very disappointed.

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    Comment number 28.

    Just settled down to watch Waybuloo with our 16month old daughter and watched and listened in utter dismay at the new format. What used to be a lovely gentle program has turned into something a kin to those dreadful "animals do the funniest things" or "you've been framed" programs where the narrator makes dreadful puns and attempts to be humorous. So disappointing that such a great show has been spoiled. Why oh why didn't you think of the old addage 'if it ain't broke don't fix it.

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    Comment number 29.

    Just watched Waybuloo for the 1st time since the addition of a narrator and what a disappointment! It was so lovely as it was and mesmerised my son who totally understood what was happening. Just seems as though it's been dumbed down unnecessarily now. It's lost it's unique selling point.

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    Comment number 30.

    Have to say, our family does not like the new narrated version unfortunately. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the old format and while Dave Lamb is an amazing voice over artist (we love his work on Come Dine with Me) the narration is distracting and annoying.

    It's a real shame that you messed around with a format that worked so well.

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    Comment number 31.

    I am not impressed, to be honest. One of the things that was very appealing about this programme was the calm, gentle, almost soporific nature of the music etc - perfect before bed. The new voiceover is terribly jarring and fills the entire programme with unnecessary words, leaving no time for a small child to absorb, respond and imagine. Incredibly irritating to listen to.

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    Comment number 32.

    What have you done to Waybuloo! I agree with the shortening as it does get a little long, but the narration is dreadful! I'm sure Mr.Lamb is a lovely person and we adore his narration on big barn farm ( I don't watch Come Dine with me so I wouldn't know) but it really doesn't work on this. My daughter (20 months) normally settles down to this. It was the first programme she took any notice of as she loved the music. She is currently running round like a loon and won't settle. She's not even joined in with the yogo. Such a shame that you've spoiled a lovely gentle programme. It's been part of her bedtime routine since she was tiny, we'll now be changing it.

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    Comment number 33.

    My 18 mth old son and I always enjoyed winding down after dinner with waybaloo, the new version is awful, the "commentary " is unnessasery and distracting, it was soothing snd calming before,just right for before bedtime, It is also too short. It's such a shame it's been edited into a filler. It should have been left alone.

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    Comment number 34.

    Where has the magic gone? So sad. Not convinced by Dave Lamb at all. Besides was Waybuloo ever meant to be funny - instead something calming and gorgeous to get children/toddlers in the mood for bedtime. Hmmm... not happy, bring back the old Waybuloo PLEASE

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    Comment number 35.

    The narrator kills it, I spent 5 minutes trying to find out whether I'd accidently turned on audio description, then gave up. My son looked confused and a little shocked at this totally un-necessary intrusion into the story.

    Considering that when Waybuloo was first brought in the Controller of CBeebies, Michael Carrington said:

    "I like the democratic and independent feel of the programme – having the Piplings and Cheebies carry the dialogue and involving the children at home rather than the more conventional model of using an adult or a narrator felt interesting. All of them are equal and all of them are learning and discovering together. "

    So why you have decided to add one now to a previously well liked and understood format is beyond belief.

    Have to say we'll probably start bedtime hour 10 minutes later with driver Dan than sit through another epidsode of that....or more likely watch the recorded versions of the old format we have.

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    Comment number 36.

    We've just watched the new Waybuloo, along with narrator and currently we are not convinced. I think the program doesn't need a narrator explaining what's going on and it loses a little bit of the magic. My daughters face was a picture when she realised there was someone talking over her beloved programme!

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    Comment number 37.

    Wow how to ruin Waybuloos in one easy step, the first time in months my 16 month old didn't want to sit and watch it, and with the ridiculous 'come dine with me' narration neither did we! At least the fact its now only half as long we didn't have to endure the awful new format for long!

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    Comment number 38.

    I think the new narration added to Waybuloo really takes away from the magic of the show. Why is a narrator needed to make it appeal more to older siblings? I think it was perfect the way it was!! A real shame :-(

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    Comment number 39.

    The new waybuloo is terrible. My son used to love it but the narrator has ruined it. The music can't b heard and the cutting down of content is terrible. Bedtime hour has been ruined for my son now :(

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    Comment number 40.

    The new narrator didn't work for my wee one. Usually hooked she wanted to watch something else!

 

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