New Waybuloo!

Sunday 8 January 2012, 17:09

Catherine Carey Catherine Carey


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 241.

    First and foremost, thank you BBC for listening to our comments. It really is appreciated.
    I'm a new parent, my daughter is only 15 months old, but the one thing I know she likes is consistency. I'm not praising or condemning the alteration to Waybuloo as there may be reasons the BBC did this that the public are not aware of. Even at this age though, she knew something was different in our nightly routine and it unsettled her. This is not a program for adults. Just because we think it may need changing after 4 years does not necessarily mean a 1 or 2 year old thinks it needs changing. They have their own minds. If you need to make alterations to a program for whatever reason then please do it subtlety. If you feel the need to add a narrator then add a familiar one like Cerrie Burnell. As many have said before though I concur with - If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Balooooooo

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    Comment number 242.

    I've got to say, I'm so pleased that Waybuloo went back to it's usual format. My 15 month old daughter was so upset when she saw the new episode! The narration was awful and it scared her so much, it took me a good 20 minutes to calm her down after watching just 5 minutes. Waybuloo is part of her bedtime routine and it's calming influence and lovely storylines put her in a great mood for bedtime! Well done to CBeebies for taking on board all of the comments from parents!

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    Comment number 243.

    Oh my lord. That's what I call a U-Turn. If only the BBC responded that fast when they messed up other programs which people enjoy, and didn't need fixing.

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    Comment number 244.

    233. At 09:58 12th Jan 2012, You wrote:

    Your comment has been referred for further consideration. Explain.

    Why on earth would this comment be referred for further consideration? There was nothing abusive about it, just my opinion on your programming. If you can't take criticism at the BBC, don't invite comments.

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    Comment number 245.

    I seem to be in a minority, but...
    1) 2yo daughter liked it better than the old version
    2) 4yo son thought it was very funny
    3) 2 parents liked it

    I presume more than one episode was created, so maybe the Dave Lamb Era could go direct to DVD?

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    Comment number 246.

    That was absolutely terrible and my son hated it.
    The narration was pointless and intrusive.

    Well done for the swift correction.

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    Comment number 247.

    My husband and I have just enjoyed the good ol' Waybuloo with our 15 month old daughter, who once again sat mesmorised whilst calming down for bed. Good call by the BBC to revert back! Thank you for listening!

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    Comment number 248.

    My boys liked the new Waybuloo! My 4 year old who has never enjoyed Waybuloo and my 2 year old who loved it when he was younger but has got bored of it in recent months were both completely glued to the screen! 10 minutes of peace for me until it finished and they were upset and asked for it again! I can understand that it is less relaxing now so maybe less suitable for bedtime hour, but do we have to lose it completely? I have to explain to my 4 year old why 'brand new Waybuloo' is not anymore. Abney and Teal would be good for bedtime.

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    Comment number 249.

    Finally got around to watching the infamous episode - thought it was great. If the mob has ruled this out for bedtime hour, it would be fantastic if a DVD was produced for fans to enjoy in the privacy of our own homes.

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    Comment number 250.

    I seem to be the only person who welcomed the narration as a welcome injection of English in a confusion of mumbled indecipherable noises. Please bring back Dave! Perhaps an earlier show with the narration?

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    Comment number 251.

    I only just found out about the change of formats, I was lucky and missed it that day, but I wanted to add my voice to those others I saw here saying the kids dont need dubbing that badly!

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    Comment number 252.

    I have been reading with some interest the comments about the new Waybuloo and the voice over. When I first heard it, I was horrified. We love(ed) the show, and now it has completely lost its charm by the introduction of a 'Terry Wogan' like voice-over that really doesn't add anything at all.

    (I love Terry, by the way, but he is much more suited to the Eurovision song contest!)

    Not to mention, taking away the role of the parent who could have the opportunity to watch the show with their child/ren and discuss what is happening (an ideal way to share TV with your beloved little ones).

    Please please please, take Dr Lamb away, and leave us with the peace and tranquility the show once had. You've made a poor judgement by adding a narrator, but it's not too late to reverse it.

    I had to add this quote:

    "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." (Controller of CBeebies, Michael Carrington - taken from

    So, what happened?

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    Comment number 253.

    It was a lovely programme before. It's such a shame


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