CBeebies Bedtime Hour changes

Wednesday 14 May 2014, 08:24

Angela Griffiths Angela Griffiths Head of Scheduling, CBeebies

In the Night Garden

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.

Waybuloo

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 1.

    Can you not ditch Abney and Teal altogether? ? I could avoid it at 6 but will have issues avoiding it at lunch time :(

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    Comment number 2.

    Only a suggestion but could you have several options for different ages under the red button

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    Comment number 3.

    Why not bring Charlie and Lola back to bedtime? It appealed to the younger and older viewer, the longer waybaloo episodes are too long and boring, bbc should have done it the other way around, 64 zoo lane and Driver Dan 5 nights, Waybaloo, 2 nights, I know an additional needs wee lad who won't like the change :(.

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    Comment number 4.

    Perfect...Love it!!! :)

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    Comment number 5.

    How can u move Abney and Teal?! I don't know a child who doesn't love it!! My boy can't stand Waybuloo nor is he keen on 64 Zoo lane so I think we ll be switching channels. What a shame!!

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    Comment number 6.

    Pretty sad about Abney and Teal going, my boys aged 3 and 5 both love it. They don't watch Waybuloo at all, though they do like 64 Zoo Lane and Driver Dan. Surely the thoughts you had about catering to all ages of early childhood would render the Friday and Saturday schedule more applicable to the greater ages, with half an hour of stories for older kids and In the Night Garden for the younger ones? If it is going to be Waybuloo and then In the Night Garden each night I know how it will go, they will not be interested and we will need to sort a different bedtime routine which doesn't involve CBeebies Bedtime Hour. Abney and Teal and Charlie and Lola are long time favourites of ours for both boys.

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    Comment number 7.

    My little one can't stand Waybuloo. He loved Charlie and Lola.Its a shame as we won't be watching now. What child wants to do Yoga before bedtime? Its bath, warm drink with Bedtime Hour then be. Terrible change.

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    Comment number 8.

    We love Abney & teal, would prefer a bedtime slot but I guess I can always record it. Are there going to be any new episodes?

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    Comment number 9.

    Very disappointed with this change. I don't allow my son to watch Waybuloo due to the incorrect English. Children should be able to learn English from people that speak properly and not in partial sentences. Abney and Teal has provided you with quite high ratings in the past and is loved by all of the kids and parents I know. Our son takes his bath after A and T, so now we'll just skip the nighttime hour all together.

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    Comment number 10.

    My daughter is 6months and she adores waybuloo, I'm not fussed but she thinks they are the best thing out, so I'm sure she will love the change!

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    Comment number 11.

    I am very disappointed with the change to the bedtime hour schedule and the inclusion of Waybuloo for 20 minutes. I appreciate the need for catering for all ages but surely in an age where some children are arriving at school with poor language skills it would be prudent to provide programmes where characters actually speak properly?
    My son who is three is bored when watching Waybuloo but loves Driver Dan and 64 Zoo Lane.

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    Comment number 12.

    With my eldest (of four) now eight, I have been through a number of these changes over the years and they always prompt some lively debate!! I do think it is a mistake to have Waybuloo followed by Night Garden as they appeal to a similar very young audience (although all my children dislike Waybuloo and I personally think it is pretty poor!) A real shame to lose Abney and Teal as it seems to appeal to the greatest audience - it is the one programme which all my four, even the eldest, watch and enjoy together - they look forward to it all through teatime!! Hope it returns to the bedtime hour in the future!

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    Comment number 13.

    I am very annoyed to read that you are going to persist with In the Night Garden. We have been subjected to this programme, repeat after repeat, for as long as I can remember and my daughter will be 6 next week. This programme is annoying at the best of times but the lack of new episodes just makes it worse. Please give us a rest from this show, you have plenty of other good shows that would be suitable for filling this spot!

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    Comment number 14.

    We find that story-driven shows like Abney & Teal, Driver Dan, and 64 Zoo Lane are far better for bedtime than Waybuloo which is activity-based.

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    Comment number 15.

    Perhaps the BBC could think about commissioning another series of In the Night Garden if it's so incredibly important to the schedule?! Only 100 episodes ever made and the last one in 2010! It's getting rather tiresome seeing the same ones :-S also, the diction of the Waybuloo characters is absolutely appalling! I can barely make out what they're saying its so muffled and mumbled so goodness knows how toddlers/young children are supposed to, let alone learn anything about good speech in it. The concept of the programme is otherwise good but please sort out the characters' speech.

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    Comment number 16.

    Just wanted to add my comment to - the O no not MORE awful Waybuloo cap.

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    Comment number 17.

    Wow there are some very sad people on here. My boy loves waybaloo and hates abney and Teal. As stated in the article, you can't please everyone all of the time.

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    Comment number 18.

    I love Old Jacks boat... Glad about abney and teal as my boys aren't too keen on it

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    Comment number 19.

    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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    Comment number 20.

    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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