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I was delighted recently to watch Tots TV again for the first time in a good few years! Originally broadcasted on ITV at around 3.30pm, it has now been changed to CBeebies at 8.20am! Ooohhh! I am so pleased!! Tots TV was created by Anne Wood, (Yes, the same Anne Wood as brought us Boohbahs, Teletubbies, Brum and Rosie and Jim!) and written by Robin Stevens, who also plays the character Tom, and by Andrew Davenport, who plays Tiny. Between the three of them, they really seem to tune in to what makes children laugh, whilst still teaching them something! Tots TV was the first mainstream children's programme in Britain to feature a different language. In the UK Tilly speaks French and in the US version she speaks Spanish. Tots TV helps children to accept that different languages are an everyday part of life. In the UK, we learn foreign languages quite late compared to other countries. Another example of this type of programme, if you have Sky, is Dora The Explorer on Nick Junior. The foreign languages are integrated into the songs and phrases, making them unforgettable for youngsters! A great learning aid! Each of the Tots has a characteristic that makes them very special. They are puppetted tots made, by the looks of them, completely from wool! They have chubby round faces and have the true characteristics of youngsters! Tilly is very musical and French. Tillys favourite colour is red! Tiny is inquisitive and cheeky (and very cute!), and always wears his cardigan. His favourite colour is green! Tom is more responsible and thoughtful. He keeps special things, like his crayons, in his trouser pocketsHe wears glasses which stay on unless he is sleepi
ng! His favourite colour is blue and therefore he has a blue teddy bear and a blue telephone on which he can call the other Tots. Within the programme theTots bicker and argue but always make up in the end. They compete but show how it can stay fun, discover and explore without being naughty!. These are all values we recognise from our childhood and that means so much to the children who regularly enjoy the Tots adventures. The trademark of Tots TV is said to be the moral values which stories and adventures are based. The programmes are live action, and filmed in real locations using a mixture of people, puppetry and animals. So far, the Tots adventures have taken them to the USA, France, Lapland and Australia on their 'Big Treasure Adventure'.. Since Tots TV was first shown in January 1993 there have been eight series. consisting of 276 episodes. These can all be bought on video quite cheaply at the moment, (if you can find them!) because of the transition from ITV to BBC! Although this series is suitable for up to seven year olds, I would imagine it captivating for younger! My two year old loves it after only seeing it for a few days! Tots TV received two consecutive BAFTA's in 1996 and 1997. Tots TV can be seen in the following countries and more! Tilly speaks Spanish rather than French though. :- Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dubai, Eire, Estonia, Finland, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Sou
th Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Zimbabwe. The programme, from start to finish, is colourful. The Tots with their blue, green and red hair and colourful clothes. The little cottage they live in is idyllic! They also have a pet donkey in the shed! There is also a fluffy little squirrel thing, called Furryboo!?!, which pops up every now and again but no one ever sees it! Another little friend they have is le sac magique, the magic bag. The bag holds key items for along the adventures they take. Oh, and Tilly?s recorder, for those impromptu musical moments! Tilly never speaks in English, but her phrases of French are always backed up by the repetition of the phrase by Tom or Tiny, in English. The tots gallivant off into the towns and countryside to explore the world around them. An example of their adventures is watching a postman delivering letters to a street. The Tots do not want to be seen so hide behind whatever they can! Tiny is always making cheeky little noises so that they nearly get caught! Such fun!! Alphabet and numbers, shapes and colours are always touched on within the programme, enforcing ideas throughout the series.Nature and the way things work are also reinforced. An educational delight to all children! Thank you reading! Kerry xxx
When my son was a tot (he's now 10) he loved this program, he was mesmerised from beginning to end - I can still see that look on his face, jaw dropped open and wide eyed (so sweet). This enchanting series for preschoolers was written by Andrew Davenport. It features puppets Tilly, Tom and Tiny who live in a secret house. The Tots care for their house and venture forth for a small, preschooler-sized adventure from which they learn important lessons about how the world works. The Tots share the house with Donkey (who is, indeed, a real donkey) and the mischievous Furryboo, who unawares to the Tots, also lives in the secret house. ~~Tilly~~ She speaks only French (Europe) or Spanish (America) - helps children accept different languages as part of everyday life in a multi-cultural society. Magic happens when Tilly plays her flute. Red is her favourite colour. She loves to tell the Tots secrets. She is the most self-assured Tot and usually acts on impulse. ~~Tom~~ He is the oldest Tot. Thoughtful, dependable and often provides support for the other Tots. He usually knows more than Tilly and Tiny, and loves to tell them facts. He likes to think things through. He keeps special things, like his crayons, in his trouser pockets. He's proud to wear his glasses (he only removes them when he goes to sleep). His favourite colour is blue. He has a blue teddy bear and a blue telephone on which he can call the other Tots. ~~Tiny~~ He is the youngest Tot. He is very impulsive, always ready to rush into things and experiments. He is VERY attached to his cardigan (with all it's badges and buttons). He loves his "Homemade" binoculars (he uses to look at things in the garden). His favourite colour is green. The tots all love to read or share stories and make up songs but Tiny loves singing silly songs that he makes up: "O
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Tots TV is a wonderfully original concept for a childrens' TV programme, made by Ragdoll, the same company who gave us Rosie and Jim. It stars three ragdolls called Tilly, Tom and Tiny. One is French, one wears glasses and one has green hair - so that's appeased the politically correct amongst us ! <grin> Tilly only speaks French, which teaches kids a few words of the language at the age when they are most receptive to learning. She only speaks when it is obvious what she is saying, or one of the boys translates. Besides that aspect, the videos are educational in other ways too, as each programme is themed (like Rosie and Jim) around some part of life. For instance, the video called Camel And Other Stories contains three programmes (45 minutes total) for £9.99. These are entitled Camel, Beach and Fox. Viewers learn about animals, nature and simple Science, alongside a mixture of songs, games, rhymes, stories and things to do and make. For those children that are especially interested in learning French, there is a longer (53 minutes) video called Tilly, Tom and Tiny's Fun With French. This is just as entertaining as the usual programmes, but there is a stronger emphasis on the language. These videos have entertained my four children for several years now. What excellent value !
An action packed movie which stars Arnold shwarzenegger and James belushi. Full of the spirit of christmas this movie is all about a last minute shopping spree for the one and only Turbo Man the super hero that every little boy wants for christmas.Christmas eve arrives and arnold searches high and low for the toy his wife asked him to buy weeks earlier but as he has been so busy with work he forgets. What a race against time. Howard played by arnold meets a mad mail man who also wants the doll.They both set out searching the stores.The pair create havic and mayhem and even end up fighting over turbo man. There are no turbo men left anywhere and howard hears on the radio that a radio station has a doll to give away.The mail man and howard race to the station fighting all the way as to who will get there first. The police are called and try to arrest the pair but the mail man says he has a letter bomb and they get away whilst leaving the police wondering what they should do.Should they call the bomb squad or is it a fake? BANG! A hilarious comedy for all ages. .
I have two children aged 3 and 4 and they both are well into Tots TV, they have been through all the stages of videos including The Teletubbies and Tweenies, but still seem to keep going back to Tots TV. I have a great selection of their viodeos, and the children never seem to get fed up with watching them over and over again. There are three tots in the video's Tilly, Tom and Tiny, Tilly speaks French, which helps the children learn the basics of French as the other tots always repeat what she says in Enlish, Tom is the more sensible one of the three and Tiny is the cutest as he always seems to act like a real child does. They have a freind in the garden (the donkey and in some of their videos you see them feeding it etc. My children always seem to enjoy the stories when I put them on, and to be honest the rest of the family do too, I have known many occasions when my children have wandered off, and me and my husband have still sat glued to the video. To be honest they are very amusing to watch and educational at the same time. I would definatley rate this trio to anyone with children as my kids love them......
If you havent seen one of these videos yet you must - my husband and I are addicted!!! So is my son of course! I admit I was dreading my son reaching the video age because I just thought they would be story type things and tom and jerry etc. When he reached about 1 we bought the first Tots TV video - there are loads and loads of them. Having watched Rosie and Jim we thought that they would be pretty similar which was worrying because there voices can get on your nerves (both made by Ragdoll). But we were pleasantly surprised. Basically the videos are about 3 tots living in a cottage alone with thier friend Donkey and a furry dog which they cant see. Tilly is a girl and only speaks in French so everytime she says something the other two repeat it in English. My son is now 3 and from it knows some french and of course it has made him aware that not everyone sounds the same. They have adventures which bascially are all things that teach your child something - eg going to the airport or the zoo; washing the car; making a cake etc... They are brilliant and my husband and I love to watch them too as they are quite funny. One I do recommend is called 1,2,3 and it teaches them to count 1-10 - you'll love number 8 if you are into rock and roll/heavy metal!!! You can always hire one from your local library if you want to see whether your child likes it first before spending any money.