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 1.

    I have to say that the addition of the voice-over is totally unecessary and has spoiled what was an enchanting programme. It completely jars with the programme - just sounds like a sarcastic running commentary, just like Come Dine With Me. All Dave Lamb succeeds in doing is repeating most of what the characters already say. What's going on BBC?! Why mess with what was already working perfectly? I won't be tuning in again - very irritating.

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    Comment number 2.

    You know, I'm not too sure about the new direction the programme has taken. With the programme taking place in the bedtime hour, I thought it was previously very relaxing for my son and I. Now however it doesn't feel like it belongs there, it's less relaxing and more stimulating, which I guess might work for older children, but for my 10 month old son, it's more of a hindrance towards winding down ready for bed.

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    Comment number 3.

    Our first thought was it sounds like Come Dine With Waybuloo, which makes sense now we've found out who the narrator is. Second thought was that he sounds more like a commentator than a narrator.
    'Stop talking' was our 2 year old's response, and not to us.

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    Comment number 4.

    Wow, epic fail by the Waybuloo producers. The show wasn't broken and didn't need fixing. The shorter episodes and loud pointless narrating are both changes for the worse.

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    Comment number 5.

    I can't believe you've ruined waybuloo! This is my daughters favourite programme. We all loved the gentle pace of the show and how the stories were given space to develop. This has been spoiled by the change of length. I also cannot believe you got the guy from come dine with me to do the voiceover! So so tacky. Also the narration seemed quite aggressive almost as if he was mocking the characters. Really disappointed.

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    Comment number 6.

    The added narration is inane prattle. We had to switch off. It has ruined a lovely calming program. I hope the makers see sense and return it to normal. We won't be watching it again til they do.

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    Comment number 7.

    OH Dear what has been done to waybuloo! the addition of a narrator is a very poor decision as it just dumbs the show down and takes away the childs chance to use their imagination and interact with the programme rather than just have everything spoon fed to them. Also while the narrator has excellent credentials he sounds quite condescending to the characters, sorry to say but my daughters look of horror at this said it all followed by " Lets watch something else"

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    Comment number 8.

    No no no! We want the peaceful Waybuloos back please! Whilst I appreciate Dave Lamb is great on 'Come Dine with Me' I feel his narration just doesnt work - too loud and humour that may be the children won't understand - its almost like bad dubbing. My little boy (18months) loves Waybuloo but tonight he stood behind the chair and watched from a distance.

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    Comment number 9.

    The new voice overs just doesn't fit the show. I understand you wish to engage older children but this just sounds like man in a studio shouting over a video. Maybe if it was a softer female voice then it would work. Also he says too much. Has the idea of expanding the bedtime hour to have shows for older kids at the end?

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    Comment number 11.

    The new commentary and need to explain what is going on has ruined the magic of Waybuloo. I wish it hadn't changed as this was my 6 month olds favourite programme and now he is just irritated by the commentary. As am I.

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    Comment number 12.

    What have you done? My 18 Month old just say there looking confused and unhappy. You had a very good enjoyable show and have completely ruined it by adding a Narrator that isnt needed, and slicing the show time in half. What were you thinking??? It wasn't broken and didn't need fixing. I don't think you will find many positive comments on this thread BBC....

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    Comment number 13.

    What on earth have you done! Ruined it, terrible narration, totally not needed, My son didnt like it at all, change it back please!!!

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    Comment number 14.

    Why must they mess around with programmes??! They've already ruined Zingzillas and now this too

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    Comment number 15.

    Just watched the new format Waybuloo with Dave Lamb narrating and sorry to say that I hated it. Don't see the point in messing round with something that worked so well as it was. It is for younger viewers and I don't see how adding Dave Lamb's 'Come Dine wit me' commentary adds to the enjoyment for older siblings or adults. It's a weird mix of Piplings and the commentry which I think will confuse younger viewers. Load of rubbish. Let's have the old Waybuloo back.

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    Comment number 16.

    Oh my gosh. This was horrendous!! Change it back!!!

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    Comment number 17.

    I completely disagree with the introduction of a narrator. I found it intensely irritating and feel it takes away any imaginative interpretation of the scenes by filling almost every available gap in dialogue with inane comment. At the end, my 2 year old said "man gone" - "thank goodness", I said. I disagree this will make it more watchable by all the family as I for one won't be watching it again and older children (and even a 2 year old) certainly don't need every aspect of the story to be spelled out to them in this way. Very disappointed.

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    Comment number 18.

    Dont think my daughter was too sure about the new idea for waybuloo. She cried everytime the narrator spoke and it just doesnt seem to fit in. Its like you've taken old episodes and got someone to talk over them.

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    Comment number 19.

    Just watched the new Waybaloo. I think the shorter format is good, but not sure about the voice over? Love Dave Lamb on Big Barn Farm but not sure that is the right voice to go with the relaxed tone of the show..?

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    Comment number 20.

    This is the worst kids tv show I've ever seen, and by taking pre produced episodes and retrofitting them with this bloke's narration looks like a desperate attempt to compete with the likes of 'In The Night Garden' and 'Abne and Teale', but sadly fails.

    I can't seem to comprehend how this show is valuable for kids, especially as none of the language used by the stupid looking Piplings resembles English. Shouldn't the BBC be producing shows that try and educate children? Not teach them useless language.

    I have always hated the way that all the kids are voiced over too, and especially the silly language. Is this narration an attempt to help people understand what is being said by these awful characters?

    I think the best refresh this show could get is to be cancelled.

 

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