CBeebies Grown-ups

Throughout CBeebies' 10 year history, we have learnt a few lessons about the scheduling of the Bedtime Hour. Firstly, that it's a really useful tool to help you establish a night time routine for your little ones. You can set key points around the programmes for your children to get ready for bed, or use it as wind down time before they go to sleep. Secondly, that children (and parents and carers!) form very strong attachments to particular programmes between 6pm and 7pm so it's important to try and keep programming consistent. Because we understand this, we don't change the line-up of the Bedtime Hour all that often.

So why change it at all? The truth is that not all children like the same programmes. We have a very broad audience we have to appeal to, from newborn babies right up to 6 year olds who may have been at school for two years. The younger ones might enjoy Waybuloo at bedtime, but older children might prefer 64 Zoo Lane. With a sixty-minute schedule we understand that we can't please all children all the time, and every so often we alter the programme line-up so that as many of our audience as possible get the opportunity to see their Bedtime Hour favourites.

This time, we’re returning the longer Waybuloo episodes to the Bedtime Hour between Sundays and Thursdays and moving 64 Zoo Lane and Driver Dan’s Story Train to Fridays and Saturdays. You can still catch The Adventures Of Abney & Teal at lunchtime every day and Old Jack’s Boat is returning to the slot just before the Bedtime Hour. Don’t forget, you can always catch up with programmes you’ve missed on the BBC iPlayer.

So as from 25th May, the new Bedtime Hour line-up will be:

Sunday-Thursday:

6pm Waybuloo
6:20pm In the Night Garden
6:50pm CBeebies Bedtime Story

Friday & Saturday:

6pm 64 Zoo Lane
6:10pm Driver Dan's Story Train
6:20pm In the Night Garden
6:50pm CBeebies Bedtime Story

As mentioned above, we really don't make these changes lightly. We are aware of the function of the Bedtime Hour in getting children ready for bed which is why we try and implement this change in the Spring and Summer months, or at weekends where it can be less disruptive. We also always try to alert you a number of weeks beforehand so you can start to prepare your child and try to make the transition as smooth as possible. 

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by scottishvoice

    on 12 Jun 2014 20:39

    Waybuloo is not a good choice in our household either. It's such a key time slot we now pick up cloud babies on demand at this time! Now that's a perfect show for bedtime.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by Pitadub

    on 26 May 2014 09:14

    The Friday & Saturday line up is lovely. And yes slowly introducing change is a good thing but Waybaloo is way too boring. Our children have never liked it so am dissapointed that this is going to be included. There are so many better options and productions out there. Please reconsider.

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by pedromcg

    on 24 May 2014 22:30

    what is Abney and Teal anyway I just don't get it one is a doll and the small onion things are just weird ?

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by kp004a8561

    on 24 May 2014 21:10

    Can't you add an alternative to in the night garden?

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by pomoirony

    on 21 May 2014 08:52

    I realise that you can't please all of the people all of the time, but surely neutral shows at bedtime would seem a wiser choice. Waybuloo strongly divides opinions on parenting forums, surely something of which you must be aware. Personally, I find it perplexing and my son has no interest in it. Could the bedtime story slot not be lengthened? The stories are engaging and brilliant.

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by lecter

    on 21 May 2014 07:01

    "Can you not ditch Abney and Teal altogether"

    Sorry Cbeebies is not YOUR personal channel,
    My son loves Abney & Teal and hates, with a passion, Waybuloo,
    Think I will be using the record button and Iplayer a lot more.
    The changes are not great!

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by MummytoaPrince

    on 20 May 2014 10:26

    My Son is 16 months and he loves In the Night Garden so i'm really pleased that this is still showing though I would agree with having some new episodes. In regards to Wayboloo I agree with previous negative comments, as my son is learning to talk I find this programme really bad for this and putting it in the night time hour is not as relaxing as other programmes that are available and is not related to bed time as it has Yoga routines and is very bright which just encourages children to be awake.

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by Donna

    on 20 May 2014 07:15

    Abney and Teal is just beautiful and perfect for bedtime, I do hope more episodes are in the pipeline and it will return, thanks for the head's up, my little boy has autism so changes are difficult.

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by mummy copson

    on 19 May 2014 22:11

    My daughter is going to be so disappointed. She loves 64 Zoo Lane and won't be happy its only going to be on twice a week. Its the main reason she watches bedtime hour :(

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by mags

    on 19 May 2014 18:56

    Can you not take in the night garden off and put Charlie and lola back on ive found my kids much more would enjoy that plus the program doesnt talk properly hows that helping kids to learn toto talk

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