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Bernard Cribbins: Storytelling for children

We all love hearing a good story – but what makes a great story to read aloud to your child, and how can you make sure that your little one is riveted to your tale? We talked to master storyteller Bernard Cribbins about the importance of telling stories to children.

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  • Producer

    CBBC and CBeebies Controllers Cheryl Taylor and Kay Benbow have commissioned a dialogue-free, two minute animated film called ‘Poppies’, as a BBC Children’s tribute of Remembrance. 

    During the week of Remembrance 2017, you will be able to watch the full video on the CBeebies website here. It is also available on BBC iPlayer until 19 November.

     

    Why?

    Such a tribute was a ‘first’ for BBC Children’s. Given our young audience, war is something of a difficult area.  However, it was a viewer’s letter to our Scheduling department that really got us talking about the possibility of marking this special day. We felt that the time was right to actively involve our viewers in the act of Remembrance.

    How?

    ‘Poppies’ is a beautiful, atmospheric and ethereal piece which sees war as experienced by the animal inhabitants of a WW1 battlefield. Conflict is implied in changes of tone - in music, colour and emotion - as we transition from peace to war and return once more to peacetime. The ending is...

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    The 2017 CBeebies Christmas Show has broken its own record for being the most popular ticket in town. CBeebies’ The Snow Queen has attracted 374,564 ticket requests across all three showings of this year’s show at Curve theatre in Leicester.

    Last year 257,211 people applied for tickets to the panto but The Snow Queen beat this figure on the opening day, with a record breaking 262,000 people applying for tickets.

    Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies said “We are thrilled by the year-on year increase in ticket applications and are absolutely amazed by this year's huge number. It really shows the popularity of the CBeebies Christmas show and just how much it means to our youngest audience and their families.”

    Dr Ranj Singh, who joins the production this year to play Kai, added:  “I’m absolutely blown away by how many people have applied to come to the CBeebies Christmas Show this year. It just goes to show how amazing our audience are, and how much the shows mean to them. I can’t wait...

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  • Alexa is 4. She lives with her dad James, and little brother Archie. Her mum Rebecca died in 2014, she had cancer. Here, James talks about his family.

    Can you tell us about Alexa’s Mum?

    That day in December 2014 was the hardest day of my life. I knew it was coming, but it was still a shock when my wife, Becca, died. She had been diagnosed with cancer in April 2014; and the horrible disease took her life that same year.

    It was a very difficult time for the whole family, Becca's parents didn't expect to bury their 34 year old daughter, nor me my wife and the children their mother. But between us all we managed to find a way through it.

    I am very fortunate to have received amazing support from the children's grandparents, who were great throughout Becca's illness, and continue to support me & the kids today. I started to see a counsellor in the run up to Becca's terminal diagnosis after talking to a friend

    What advice would you give to families in a similar situation?

    I have...

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  • Author, actor and presenter David Walliams and singer/ TV presenter Rochelle Humes are the latest British stars to join the voice cast of the hit CBeebies series Teletubbies.

    The two will join the existing cast of Jim Broadbent, Fearne Cotton, Jane Horrocks, Daniel Rigby and Antonia Thomas as they lend their voices to Teletubbies’ distinctive and much-loved Voice Trumpets. Walliams and Humes will feature in the second series, which will air on CBeebies in spring 2017. 2017 is a significant year for Teletubbies as it will be 20 years since the original series first appeared on British...

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    Strictly Come Dancing star and BBC Sport presenter Ore Oduba took off his dancing shoes to chat to us about reading the bedtime story on CBeebies, and how he chose which of his childhood favourites to read...

    Hello! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

    Hi, I’m Ore. I’m a huge sports fan and I’m really lucky to do a job that I love. I’m a sports TV presenter at the BBC and work on lots of...

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  • Jon, Producer

    Christmas again? Already?! How time flies! Well, as soon as the stage was swept after the Alice in Wonderland panto last year and with the sound of applause still ringing in our ears, we started planning the 2016 production of … CBeebies’ The Nutcracker!

    So, Jon, why was the CBeebies' The Nutcracker chosen?

    Nearly everyone has heard of The Nutcracker – and hopefully...

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  • Attention all grown-ups!

    The summer holidays are now well and truly over, the kids have settled into their routines and autumn has just begun… and it’s also time for some exciting changes to the CBeebies autumn schedule. 

    From Monday 26 September, our new weekday mornings and afternoons will look like this:

    09:00 Mr Bloom: Here and There
    09:15 Bing
    09:20 Wussywat The Clumsy Cat
    09:25 Woolly And...

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  • Attention all grown-ups!

    The summer holidays are over, the kids are back at school and autumn is on its way…it’s also time for some exciting changes to the CBeebies schedule.

    From Monday 5 September, our new weekday mornings look like this:

    06:00 Show Me Show Me
    06:20 Baby Jake
    06:30 Alphablocks
    06:35 Dinopaws
    06:45 Raa Raa The Noisy Lion
    07:00 Teletubbies
    07:15 Bing
    07:25 Postman Pat
    07:40...

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  • Kids in Museums

    When he was three years old, my son was thrown out of an Aztec exhibition for shouting ‘monster!’ at a statue (which did look a bit like a monster).

    I wrote about the incident in my newspaper column because I was so angry about it. Hundreds of families got in touch to say that they, too, were fed up of being treated in a similar way when they took their children to museums and galleries.

    As a...

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  • Olympic cyclist

    Is your little one itching to get on two wheels? Riding a bike is a lifelong skill that can be picked up early - great for boosting confidence and developing independence, as well as being a fun way to get active.

    If you're not sure how to start teaching your child to cycle, Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell is here to help with some top tips to get you going...

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    1. One thing at a time:...

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