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      18.10.2001 00:01
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      I wouldn't recommend BBC Choice for Children shows. My 2yr old daughter does not like the shows. She finds violence offensive and turns the tv off. One show in particular - Bodger and Badger she dislikes so much that if you mention the tv programme she screws her nose up and says 'Yuk, Yuk, Yuk'. The only benefit is that she enjoys watching The Tweenies however, if she sees it in the morning, it is repeated in the afternoon and she knows this and is bored by seeing the same programme twice. We do limit her watching to a few shows per day however, the choice for children is difficult when they do allow violence and acts of vandalism or bad behaviour to be part of a childen's show where no discipline is given out for these acts. No, BBC Choice is not for children unless screened!!

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        28.06.2001 04:38
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        To anyone that has satellite television and misses a lot of programs during the week because of work commitments or hot dates then BBC Choice is ideal. Its definatley a lifesaver for me , as I am the one in our house that gets out of bed with the kids every weekend morning. As soon as I come down stairs with the kids BBC Choice is straight on the telly. Back to back episodes of 'The tweenies' followed by such programs as 'Chuckle Vision' , 'Playdays' and endless kids television from during the week from CBBC all compiled into one seemingly endless show. All that television must be bad for the kids!!! I hear you all shout. Well when you have a hyperactive 3 year old and a 1 year old that will only stop crying when the 'Tweenies ' is on then no, its not bad for them. However BBC choice isnt just for the little ones. The childrens programs stop at 6:45pm and move over to the more general programs that you have missed on BBC 1 and BBC 2 through the week. Looking at todays listings for BBC Choice there is something for everyone. I know they are all repeated shows, but best of all they are recent repeats and once they are shown they wont be shown again in the near futre. And as we have to pay over £100 for our licence I am happy to be able to recieve more programes from the BBC even if I have seen it all before, its nice to see our licence fees getting spent on something worthwile instead of silly adverts with orange globes flying over different parts of the world!(but thats a different op altogether! Sorry) In Summary then : BBC Choice is a valuble channel that is provided free with digital television. It has something for everyone (mainly the kids at weekends) You can see everything you missed during the week at weekends. As for Choice being free , it is if you already have Digital television. Very watchable!

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        16.06.2001 05:02
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        BBC Choice is a free channel on digital tv, we have cable and my children love watching CBBC on Choice. CBBC on Choice is aimed at the younger pre-school children and has a wide range of programmes from cartoons and Bob the Builder to educational programmes like Open the door. CBBC is on Choice from 6am until 7pm when it goes over to more adult programmes like The weekest link and a repeat of Eastenders and lots more. I must admit that I wouldn't watch this channel and I wouldn't know anything about it if it wasn't for the children. Callum is 2 years 8months and Lucy is nearly 10 months they both enjoy watching Teletubbies and Tweenies on CBBC on Choice but my son loves some of the more educational based programmes as well last week there was one on the different parts of the body and this week they have just started showing OPen the door which is between 5 and ten minutes long and shows a childs day from morning until night in lots of different countries, one countrty per episode, I am quite fascinated by this as well! CBBC on Choice, as I've already said, starts at 6am and the first programmes come under the title of "Choosy Bits" in which the viewers get to send in letters saying what there favourite programme is. Then at 6.30 they start off the day with the teletubbies and then show a quick 5 or 10 minute cartoon, this week, its something about a spider, and then its the tweenies at 7am. There are in total about 3 hours worth of programmes which are then repeated and repeated and repeated and then end at 6.30pm when they repeat the mornings "Choosy Bits" again. This must sound awful to you so I had better explain that my children don't watch it all day long but I have been through the browse menu, which is on my cable, and have noticed the pattern repeating. The most brilliant thing about it is that my kids are kept quiet so I can at least get the housework done or ma
        ke Lunch in peace and quiet. I would certainly reccommend this channel during the day to anyone with pre-school children, the programmes are very educational and fun and above all just right for this age group!

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          03.01.2001 19:52

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          I like BBC Choice. This puts me in a minority (of only 14,000 out of the 58 million of us sometimes), but it has the programmes I like to watch, and in the daytime the kids choice is fantastic. My personal viewing favourite has to be Liquid News, with the wonderfully acerbic Christopher Price and various 'celebrity' guests. But there's so many other great programmes (admittedly a lot are repeated), but the proportion of new material is increasing and most of it is of a quality to rival programmes on the main 2 BBC channels. So overall, well done BBC - keep up the good work.

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          20.11.2000 00:04
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          BBC CHOICE is the BBC’s digital entertainment channel. It broadcast from 7pm every night, and during the day there are children’s programmes from CBBC. I’m not a huge viewer of the channel, but I do like a few programmes on the channel. Liquid News is my favourite; it’s an entertainment news show covering TV, music and showbiz news. The show is witty, straightforward and interesting. I live in Wales, so I receive BBC CHOICE Wales and this annoys me. There are schedule differences. A new show, which started on BBC CHOICE called “Come Fly with me” was not on the same time on BBC CHOICE Wales, instead there was sport.Wales, which I found very annoying. Also because it’s a Wales channel they insist on repeating boring Welsh programmes over and over again. BBC CHOICE also annoys me in the way that it has BBC CHOICE NEWS, in my opinion there’s no need for another news programme, if you want news go and watch the 6 or 10’o clock news on BBC ONE or go and watch BBC NEWS 24. BBC CHOICE next year though looks as if it will disappear and make way for the new BBC THREE and BBC FOUR channel. BBC CHOICE is at the moment very thin at the moment and I think it needs a bit more money to get it to be a more watch able channel.

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          12.10.2000 04:58
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          BBC Choice CBBC is avid viewing, for my 4 yr old and my 22 month old. It is on from 6am till 7pm, and if I allowed it they would probably watch it the whole time repeats and all. As soon as I allow it, they are watching Bob the Builder, Tweenies, Chuckle Brothers (which I hate), Bodger and Badger, Teletubbies etc. I think my 4 yr old knows all the tunes for the intro's, she can sing them all. Today was so special wish I had had a video camera. My 22 month old was watching the Tweenies for the third time, and they were doing the hokey cokey. She was in the middle of the living room floor, humming the tune or trying to and trying to do the actions whilst dancing. She looked so sweet. it would have been worth having a video camera. It just show's even at that early age they are learning off the TV. BBC Choice CBBC is ok with me though. Much better than some of the other channels.

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            10.10.2000 23:02

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            This channel is excellent if you have kids !!! All day long it shows kids programmes from CBBC and kids love it. They will sit infront of it ALL day non-stop. You will have to drag them away from it. It doesn't really seem to have anything for adults except later at night, but i think that the things on later are not that good. I don't know y it is called BBC "CHOICE" because there isn't a very big "CHOICE" of programmes on it, they are all the same or very boring. Get it if you have kids !!!

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            07.10.2000 21:24
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            Who actually chooses BBC Choice programmes? I don't choose the ones they show as my favourites and I don't know anybody who does. The person who selects these should be made to watch them everyday for a week. That would make them stop and think. Are they 'choice' because they are cheapest? Are they 'choice' because they encourage relaxation and light sleep during the evening? What is the criteria. Then, there have been rumours of an increase in the licence fee for those who have digital television and can watch Choice. What will we get for it? You can only pack so many repeats into each 24 hour period.

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            09.09.2000 05:25
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            BBC choice is a free channel for digital, satellite and cable viewers. In our house, it is mainly my daughter that watches. This is because the channel runs 'Children's BBC' programmes throughtout the day. The programmes tend to be of the Tweenies and Teletubbies ilk, so are ideal for a preschooler. Although the same handful of programmes are repeated throughout the day, I don't see this as a disadvantage. Firstly because we don't sit and watch TV all day, and secondly because whatever time we do tune in, we are likely to catch a favourite programme. The other great thing about Choice, is that in the evenings, recent programmes from BBC main channels are repeated. This is great for those leading a hectic lifestyle, as you can catch up on missed episodes. In fact I have often been found to be watching Eastenders at 10.30pm, having missed it earlier. Don't get me wrong though, there are also some unique programmes on this channel. Great family veiwing, and it's free anyway!

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            23.08.2000 07:31

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            This is the channel where you can see 'the best' of the BBC programmes all over again. I now that may be limited but this channel does host some good programmes - I especially enjoy the comedy night in which is a tuesday night where there is one and a half hours of comedy transmissions. However, this is one night a week only and the rest of the week can be a bit dry. If you are a Eastender or a BBC drama fan, then you may like this as they show loads of repeats so you can watch all your favourites again.

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            20.08.2000 02:56
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            BBC choice is great for the younger viewers it is available on sky digital and cable digital. If you've got young children and digital television then it is well worth a look. It runs from 6am till 7pm and has all the kids favourites on it Bob the Builder Tweenies Teletubbies Star Hill Ponies Art Box with Tony Hart (I thought he'd long since given up) Williams Wish Wellingtons and Noddy. Only problem is they only run on an approximate 2 and a half hour cycle and then they start at the beginning again. The other day my daughter was unwell so we were in and watching TV together by the time I was watching them for the fourth time I'd really had enough although she was still happy.

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            18.08.2000 16:03
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            BBC Choice is a great channel for the kids. There always seems to be something on to keep them amused. Our youngest likes Bob The Builder,Tweenies and the Teletubbies the best. Okay so there are a lot of repeats on this ,and every other satellite channel, but the programmes shown on here are all well produced and are good quality. Eastenders, Paddington Green etc are shown on here often the same evening that they are shown on BBC. If you miss them on BBC1 you can catch them later on Choice. Very handy when you've forgotten to set the video.

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            17.08.2000 22:47
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            BBC Choice is a very good channel for all small children; the programmes are gentle, with no interrupting adverts. It has just the right sort of programmes my two year old enjoys, Teletubbies, Tweenies, Bob the Builder, Williams wish Wellingtons, spider, Noddy, Artbox with Tony Hart and Playdays. The only down side, is they constantly repeat over and over, so it does get boring for the older brothers and sisters. We have it on most days, until it starts repeating what she has already seen. I would definitely recommend this channel if you have young children. You can only can BBC Choice if you have Digital Television installed.

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            15.08.2000 04:36

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            There is absolutely no doubt that in daytime hours, my children love to watch this channel. They adore most of the BBC programmes and I appreciate their vigilance in ensuring the kiddies programmes are simply that... for kiddies. They change their line up every week or two, which throws me, as I've usually just got the line up off by heart and I do become disappointed when they drop an important programme, but they need to change things to survive. My only critiscism is that some of the programmes are too old for pre-schoolers eg. "Bitsa" and "Artbox" and some of the 5 minute programmes should be 25 minutes eg. "Funnybones" and "Pingu". Having saif this, I've bought several Pingu videos since the onset of Choice, so perhaps this was their strategy all along.

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            01.08.2000 00:23
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            The first thing that struck me about BBC Choice was the huge selection of kiddies programmes on offer which include the Tweenies, Teletubbies, Oakie Dokie and Bob the Builder. This is great because, as we all know, we're now well into the six week summer holidays. Just plonk your child down in front of BBC Choice and they'll be entertained all day. However, that's all BBC Choice seems to offer. Also available, though, are a few nice programmes including 'Liquid news', an entertainment magazine show, and a few good music related items, often featuring live performances and biographies. Other than these, it's pretty mediocre viewing. I fear, however, that BBC choice will inevitably become a dumping ground for re-runs and repeats. A redeeming factor though, are the repeats of Eastenders during the week and the omnibus on sundays (especially good if the constant chopping and changing of the sunday time slot has left you cold!).

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