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 201.

    Well done and thank you Aunty Beeb - it's so refreshing to see the BBC actually listen to public opinion, and so quickly too. Very well done.

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    Comment number 202.

    After posting a complaint for the first time ever last night can I now say thanks so much for reverting back to the originals - its great that you listened and acted so quickly.

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    Comment number 203.

    Well done Cbeebies - respect as the younger ones may say!

    Now just fix Zingzillas and you will have no negative comments again - or until you break something else which was perfectly fine - don't mess with Nina & the Neurons!!!

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    Comment number 204.

    Thank you for returning to the original format of waybuloo. My two little ones watched happily, what a difference to last night!

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    Comment number 205.

    A sincere thank you to the CBeebies team for taking notice and changing back so swiftly to the old format - a real credit to you to quickly admit it wasn't working and for taking decisive action so promtly. Our two were happy once again tonight!

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    Comment number 206.

    No,No,No!
    This was my 9 month old daughters first ever favourite program. Every time the intro music stops and the first Pipling says "Hi Hi" she smiles what we call the Hi Hi smile. The change to the format has ruined the program and taken it away from a gentle wind down pre bed program and turned it into a bit of an annoying joke for people who also watch Come dine with me.
    If the format changes permanently I think there will be no more Hi Hi smiles. Leave it alone please!!

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    Comment number 207.

    Well done for listening...The whole thing makes me smile though. There are a lot of tired and stressed parents out there (myself included) who come to rely on the bedtime hour as a key motivator to help them through the day...'only one more hour till adult conversation hooray'. Messing around with such things would be like someone denying me and end of the week glass of wine and, as is clearly demonstrated in these comments, would only evoke ire from those that value how it can help from part of a bedtime routine.

    On a more serious note, I do have to echo the concerns about Zingzillas... this used to be the best show but the coconuts just come too quickly now meaning an effective story cannot be created and the whole thing just seems hollow. Some shoes are designed for 20-30 mins and others are perfect for 10 mins or so, its not something you should flip around once the format has already been designed. Switching lengths really affects the balance, tone and pace of a show and should not be done lightly.

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    Comment number 208.

    Thank you so much for taking your viewers opinions into consideration and your swift response to rectify!
    We are once again avid viewers of waybuloo :)

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    Comment number 209.

    I've registered especially to post my comment to say thank you CBBC for listening to all these comments and changing Waybuloo back. I agree with all the other comments, it wasn't broken so did not need fixing and what you did was an epic fail in my eyes and did not work at all. My cheeky 18 month old boy loves Waybuloo and ITNG as they calm him (after he's stood at the TV singing and dancing) but last night he just look upset and confused by someone sarcastically talking all over his magical program. It's sad to think there were probably 1000's of confused children at 6pm last night! Whatever made you think that format would be better I'll never understand?
    I'm very pleased to see you listened and changed it back to quickly.... certainly gets a big thank you from my little boy!

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    Comment number 210.

    Thank you for reacting to people comments so quickly, but never mind what we parents thought, it was the reaction of our little ones that was most important. It was really interesting to see the number of other parents who said their children reacted just like my little boy did and just ignore the show. Just goes to show that they know what they like. I think Waybuloo is for todays children is akin to how I remember Bagpuss from my childhood.

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    Comment number 211.

    Thank you so much for reverting back to the old format Waybuloo.  At the time of the airing of yesterday's Waybuloo I was grating cheese for my husband's sandwiches for the following day and I was so distracted by the horrors which had fallen upon my ears that I nearly grated my thumb down to a stumpy nub. 

    New format Waybuloo?  No-Waybuloo!!

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    Comment number 212.

    Hoorah for common sense!

    My little boy is sick with a tummy bug, making the return to old school Waybuloo a welcome surprise and helped chill him out as part of the pre-bed routine.

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    Comment number 213.

    Thank you CBeebies for listening. Tonight's 20 minute episode had our 1 year old engaged for the full programme.

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    Comment number 214.

    Thank you, so happy you have gone back to original format and so quickly too, faith restored in cbeebies and happy toddler at bedtime = happy mummy and daddy too :-)

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    Comment number 215.

    As others have I would like to pass on my thanks to the CBeebies team for taking on our comments and acting on them. I was out this evening and was dreading returnign to find a stressed out wife with a son who refused to go to be....but no I return to find an asleep boy having happily watched the old (and best) style Waybuloo.

    Thanks to the team for listening.

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    Comment number 216.

    Thank you!! I've never posted a comment on the BBC before and I'm amazed and really pleased that we have all been listened to!! As someone else on here has said the program is for our little ones and my little one loves the show, so thank you for listening! I love Cbeebies even more now, well done!

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    Comment number 217.

    Sorry I've noticed I can't comment about Zingzillas on the page, so thought I'd quickly mention it here....please sort the shortened version out, there is a serious lack of story now, less time for the children to learn about the instruments, which as myself and my husband are musicians we loved and encouraged our son to watch. Please you've been brilliant with Waybuloo please listen to the comments about Zingzillas too. Thank you!!

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    Comment number 218.

    Thanks for listening! We enjoyed Waybuloo last night :o)

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    Comment number 219.

    Well done for listening and acting swiftly.

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    Comment number 220.

    Thank you for listening to the views and reverting back to the good old format, that is how the children like it, I appreciate that you want to improve programmes but when it's not broken there is no need to fix it.

 

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