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      14.05.2010 20:37
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      A great tv show for young children

      From the same people who brought the teletubbies to our screens, In the Night Garden became a huge hit when it was first on tv about 4 years ago.
      In the Night Garden is a very gentle tv programme aimed at babies toddlers and young pre-schoolers. It's set in a garden which is home to a variety of different characters. There's Igglepiggle, who is a kind of blue teddy bear creature who carries his red blanket everywhere with him. Igglepiggle's best friend is Upsy Daisy, who can be best described as looking a bit like a colourful doll with red and orange hair.
      Then there is Makka Pakka, a strange looking creature who likes to collect and wash stones and travels around on a scooter called an Og-Pog.
      The Pontipines are tiny little people (a bit like peg dolls) who live in one side of a semi-detached house at the foot of a tree.
      Also living in the garden are the Tombliboos - 3 friends that live in the Tombliboo bush, wear stripey trousers and like brushing their teeth.
      Lastly there are the Ha-hoos - massive balloon/cushion type creatures that float slowly round te garden.
      The idea is that all these creatures live happily in harmony together, even though they are all completely different. It's a lovely show and the stories are always very simple, like they all go for a ride together on the Ninky Nonk (essentially a train around the Night Garden), or the Tombliboos have a busy day seeing all their friends in the garden, or Igglepiggle looses his blanket and Upsy Daisy helps him find it
      The show has very little in the way of dialogue, so it's easy for even very young children to follow. It's all set to music and each of the characters has their own song, which they sing as they come on screen. It's not long before you and your child know allt he words and are singing along with them!
      The show goes at a very gentle pace, so it's quite a good wind down programme in the run up to bedtime, or sometimes my children like watching it straight after their nap as it seems to bring them round gently.
      It's a very bright and colourful show, but the characters are performed by people in suits rather than computer animation so it gives it a really different look to a lot of the other childrens shows and makes it stand out from the crowd.
      A lovely show for little ones. I'll be quite sad when mine have grwon out of it!

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        12.05.2010 13:02
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        Overall, not a bad programme to relax kids

        In the Night Garden reminds me of the Teletubbies in some ways when I've watched it and I never used to like them too much I have to admit that my two year old son loves In the Night Garden and watches it regularly on TV and also re-runs on Youtube on the laptop. He sits there transfixed for it's entirety and there is something that's almost hypnotic about the show.

        The show itself follows strange characters that live in a magical mystery garden that is almost like a dream. They disappear and then appear again before your eyes and wander about as if in a trance. The way you know which character is which is by the songs as each one has their own tune to help distinguish them from one another.

        One of the characters is the one I've heard of called Iggle Piggle and is a blue character. Then there is is a doll called Oopsy Daisy and a little alien called Makka Pakka. There are a few other wierd and wonderful puppet type characters but they are the main ones. I think the fact they are very strange captures the imagination of the child somewhat.

        The show is extremely colourful and this appeals to young children too as it increases the interest. The one thing I'm not sure about on convinced by is that the characters don't really say words but just make noises like Teletubbies and I'm not sure how useful this is towards a child's development.

        I'm up for any show really that keeps my son entrhalled and loves as he will learn from it and it's fantastic as he's about to go to bed as it seems to relax him. I would recommend this if you haven't seen it and try it out as it's not too bad.

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        31.03.2010 12:43
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        Recommended for 1-2 year olds

        With two CBeebies reviews in a row, you can probably guess that I am snowed in at home. It is almost April and there is a blizzard swirling around my house. With a preschooler and a toddler we have exhausted all the toys and games over the past two days and Cbeebies is constantly on as background noise.

        I was introduced to 'In the Night Garden' in 2006 when my eldest was born. It was fairly new at the time and there was a bit of an uproar about it as the characters in the program do not speak proper English. At the time I did agree. My son did not really warm to the programme, so I immediately pigeon-holed it as something that was basically a load of rubbish. In 2010 I have had to reassess that. My daughter loves it. It just goes to show how differen children are in their tastes.

        'In the Night Garden' begins with a soft song.. (Dont quote me, but this is what I think it is)

        The night is dark
        and the stars are bright
        and the sea is dark and deep
        Oooooh oooooh ohhhh

        someone i know is safe and snug
        and they're drifting off to sleep
        round and round
        a little boat no bigger than your hand
        out on the ocean
        far away from land
        take the little sail down
        light the little light
        this is the way to the garden in the night

        There will always be a little one on screen at this stage who is going to sleep having a parent make little circles on the palm of their hand. My son ignored this, but my daughter always puts her palm out to me when she hears the music.

        Iggle-Piggle, who is the pretty much the main character, drifts a litttle boat out into sea. This never changes. It has been the same since the show began.

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        From the starting sequence you will enter the 'Night Garden.' I assume it is a place of toddler's dreams. Everything is colourful and a bit mad. They speak in weird squeaky voices although it is all narrated in English. There are always the same characters getting up to something rather excited (if you're one)

        Iggle-Piggle is a blue, furry puppet thing who has a favourite red blanket. I think children identify quite well with him, as many of them have a favourite toy/bear / blanket. Iggle Piggle's blanket goes missing quite often. He can also be a bit of a huffer. He also runs off at bedtime (mums of toddlers , does this remind you of anyone in your house?)

        Upsy-Daisy is a colourful rag doll. She is quite dainty, if a bit clumsy and her bed often accompanies her everywhere oddly. She likes to kiss all the time. I've met children who are a little like her before. Mine isn't.

        Makka-Pakka is my daughters favourite. He is a little brown dude. He likes to keep everyone clean. He likes to collect and wash stones. He has an Og Pog, which is a little trike.

        The Tombiliboos are a set of three alien things. Their trousers always fall down. They like to make music (noise)

        The HaaHoos are big weird pillows who just roam around softly and slowly.

        The Niky Nonk is a train that the characters use to get around. It is tiny so I dont know how they actually get in there. But no one in my house has ever asked that question

        The Pinky Ponk is a helicopter that the characters can also use for transportation.

        The Pontipines and wottingers are my personal least favourite. The are two little tiny families of ten pegs. I dont really find their inclusion adds anything to the show.

        Finally you have the Tittifers who are a group of birds. When they sing in their really odd high pitched wail, the show is coming to a close. The name Tittifers makes me laugh.
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        If you allow me to harp back to what I was saying at the start of the review about the uproar of how the characters speak through noises rather than words. I have noticed that when my daughter repeats the noises like
        'Makka Pakka Acka Wacka Icka Acka Oooo' that she is getting a lot of practice in using her mouth and tongue to perform speech. From thinking that 'In the Night Garden' was just a load of useless rubbish I have come to realise that for some children it really works.

        'In the Night Garden' is on Cbeebies at lease twice a day, so the chances are that if you tune in, then you'll definitely catch it at some stage!

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          24.03.2010 14:45
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          A lovely little show that has the ability to end tantrums. Magic!

          This program is one of the very few my son watched from an early age. I don't know what it is in particular that he really likes about it, but it seems to capture young children's attention in a spell binding way.

          It starts with one of the most charming theme songs in childs tv for a long time. There are no horns, screaming, drums or beeping involved, thank goodness! It is the kind of lullaby tune with a slight Hawian undertone, that will stay with kids as a treasured memory when they are far older, kind of like what hearing Bagpuss' theme does to me.

          Iggle Piggle, the main character is a little rag tag toy with a blankie who goes off in his boat to the Night Garden, meeting his friends Upsy Daisy, a flirt with a panchant for kissing everything, falling over and chasing her wayward bed around. The other main character is the utterly lovable Makka Pakka, an odd wee fella who likes stones and washing faces. The characters all display typical toddler traits and carry out teaching by example- going to bed, washing your face, sharing and being kind to each other. Iggle Piggle is very prone to the well known phenomenon of Toddler Falling Over In a Pathetic Way when he's upset.

          The other thing that must capture little ones imaginations apart from the bright colours is all the sounds involved. I don't know what Market Research panel told them that kids enjoy this, but the producers have included farting noises at every available opportunity. Everything farts, from the PontyPines (they're friends of mine) to the weird public transport sytem. (I sill haven't figured out how they shrink small enough to get inside. Mind blowing).

          It has some great random touches: like the Pontypines' frantic waving fits to their neighbours, and plenty to see from the live action down to the story at the end (the whole episode condensed into one sentence- Makka Pakka washed everyones face. The End) and the narrator, Derek Jacobi, whose RADA classmates must be having a hoot at his come down, is a calming and sane voice among the madness.

          Overall, a fab little program which if you are in possesion of one of the small, oddly behaving & frustrated persons known as a Toddler, you should definately have at least one episode of in case of emergencies.

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            02.03.2010 01:29
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            Lovely show set in a magical place

            In the Night Garden is a fabulous show on CBeebies for toddlers. It follows character that appear to live in a childs dream, in a magical garden. Each character has their own song to help children identify with them.
            Characters include a blue puppet type character with a red blanket called Iggle Piggle, a doll like character named Oopsy Daisy and a small alien like character, Makka Pakka. There are also others including the Tomliboo's, The Pontipines, The Wassingers and The Ha Hoos.
            There's a magical train (Ninky Nonk) and a magical aircraft that resembles a small airship (Pinky Ponk) that the characters sometimes ride in.
            All the characters and surroundings are very colourful and magical, which is very appealing to young children. The characters names are easy to pronnounce for youngsters. Most of the characters also speak in mainly noises that sound like words - similar to the Teletubbies. This is proven to help children learn language more effectively than normal speech.
            The show also has an old-fashioned sounding voice over man that part narrates the programme. I love this, as his voice is very soothing and calming and reminds me of childrens shows many years ago.
            The show also has many educational aspects as well as speech, such as learning numbers with certain chracters, such as the Pontipines, which are usually counted. Hygeine is also a theme with Makka Pakka who teaches washing yourself. Your child won't even realise they are learning.
            All the characters go to bed at the end of each episode apart from Iggle Piggle who we look for and then send to bed. This makes it an ideal show for just before bed time too.

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            27.02.2010 14:17
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            a good program for your little ones

            My two year old daughter loves this program and its the only time she sits and actully watches something on the television,
            bassicaly its about diffrent sets of charaters iggle piggle, upsy daisy, the tombliboos, maka maka, the pontipins and the wozingers and then you have ninky nonk which is like a train and the pinky ponk which is like a aircraft you also have the harhoos and the titifers,
            each charater teach your child diffrent things for instance the ponipins teach counting but in a way that is fun to a small child and not to much to take in,
            maka paka teaches about hygein and is always clean but what looks like a big fun game to a 2year old,
            the program is colourful and bright and full of lots of fun noises, and is great way for children to soak up information on behavour and friendships and learning, without them even knowing, deffently one of the best programs the bbc have brought out for younger children in long time, the only thing that im so keen on is the speech used it is for babies and children but i find my daughter ofter speaks like the characters which can be funny but i also want her to speak properly and not pick up bad habbits but apart from that a good kids program.

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            15.02.2010 15:31
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            I AM GLAD WHEN IT COMES ON!

            Yes my name is angelboouk...

            *About the show*

            In the Night Garden is a daytime childrens show aimed at pre-school children. It is aired on Cbeebies and repeated throughout the day. It was created by Anne Wood and Andy Davenport who created Teletubbies. It focuses on certain characters and what they get up to during their day like riding in the Ninky Nonk which is a a train type thing with different carriages! Or flying in the Pinky Ponk which is a big inflatable, colourful balloon/helicopter which sounds like its farting every 2 seconds! Each episode is approx 30mins in duration and they recap in a story, what has happened in thw show. It is set in a woodland enviroments.

            *The Characters*

            Iggle Piggle - a blue bear sort of character with a red blanket - theme song is Yes my name is Iggle Piggle and so on. Constantly flirting with Upsy Daisy

            Upsy Daisy - a girl with big hair and an inflatable skirt! She loves to sing and dance and also loves her bed which chases her around the garden.

            Makka Pakka - a little brown character with weird bits sticking out of him (only way i can describe it). He lives in a cave near a bridge and goes around with his scooter which is called an Og Pog and his Uff Uff which is a sponge. He likes to clean peoples faces.

            Tombliboos - live in a green building. There are three of them and they love playing music.

            The Pontipines - a family of 10 who live in a semi detatched at the foot of a tree. They since and squeek! They are all red.

            The Watingers - the neighbours of the Pontipines who are rarely seen. There is 10 of them aswell and they are all blue.

            The Haahoos - big inflatable things that bounce around the garden.

            *Why do children like the show*

            The characters and surroundings are very colourful and attractive which capture a childs imagination. It is a theme of a story book and children become engrossed.

            *Pros*

            Good to capture imagination of the children and keep them occupied. Fun to watch.

            *Cons*

            The characters only say their own name which isnt very good at teaching children words.

            Other information*

            In the Night Garden have produced various mechandise including toys, teddies, outfits etc. These are available nationwide but can be expensive.

            *My Opinion*

            My son is 21months and this is one of his favourite shows. He can be running about and as soon as hears the theme tune of ITNG he sits on his bum and watches intently. I dont mind him watching however i would prefer if they allowed the characters to say more words other than their names as at the pre school age, children are picking up words and it would be good if there was a wider vocabularly used within the show. 30mins is just long enough and long enough for a little peace! I am just thankful children dont look too much into things as i dont know if anyone else has noticed..the relationship between Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy can go a bit far for childrens tv!

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              06.02.2010 02:09
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              I hate it...he loves it...he wins unfortunately

              In the Night Garden....

              My flatmate at uni introduced me to this.... She said she had endured episode after episode while babysitting her niece and ...with me being pregnant suggested I stock up on merchandise. From the moment I saw it I swore I would never let my child watch it!

              The night garden is a children's programme which is not that different to teletubbies. They are basically people in costumes who prance around making stupid noises while a narrator tells the story.

              There are a few main characters, Upsy Daisy, Iggle Piggle, Maka Paka and the Tomliboos. Upsy Daisy is the girly girl who, to be honest, looks like a scary clown with dreadlocks, she has a skirt which inflates whenever she feels like it and a bed that follows her around. Iggle Piggle is blue with a head that looks like its been squashed, he carries around a comfort blanket and never goes to bed when he is told to! The Tomliboos are 3 creatures who live in a big green hut and always seem to lose their trousers and have hair rollers in all the time, and Maka Paka is a small brown thing that is in love with his sponge and has some kind of washing OCD.

              There are others such as the Pontipines, the Ninky Nonk, the Pinky Ponk and the Haahoos. These words are just stupid! I'm sure the creators must have been ON something when they came up with this. Or maybe they wanted to see how much crap they could come up with and get paid for it!

              Well, my stubborn son loves the damn things! They repeat the same episode twice in the daytime on the cbeebies channel and one different one at night for the bedtime hour so of course I have to put up with it 3 times a day. I know I COULD change the channel but I don't think it's fair to force him to watch the likes of Jeremy Kyle when he clearly prefers this.

              His obsession started when that same flatmate brought him an Iggle Piggle toy when he was born! Thanks! I remember a friend from antenatal saying how great she thought it was and I sat there looking confused. She said it taught children to wash and go to bed and to share...this is true to a point but it also teaches them to repeat words that don't make sense and carry around a blanket...which my son does.

              Yes the colourful characters are engaging and at the end of each episode there is some music which they all dance to but other than that I can't stand it. For a start the proportions and sizes don't make sense. Yes I know it's a children's programme but in one scene the trees are massive, the characters normal size and the little train thing is tiny, but the next thing you know they are all getting in the train, the trees are the same size...and it just doesn't add up.

              Each episode they show the characters doing something, there is a random break with some birds singing, the characters all stand together and dance and then the narrator tells the shorter version of what just happened and shows us in cartoon version. The programme lasts about half an hour!

              To be honest I m not a fan of any of these programmes that involve people dressed up in costumes, the tweenies make me quite sick too, but at least the tweenies are supervised and not just prancing around in a garden on their own all day (lol).

              Aside from the actual programme, I hate to admit it but I do like some of the products from the night garden range, I prefer it when they are in cartoon form as I think this is more attractive and childlike but like all popular things the merchandise is stupidly expensive. It's amazing how one idea can expand into such a big money maker.

              Overall I hate it, but my son loves it and so I know all the characters and most of the stories off by heart. The kids know what they want...and unfortunately the night garden is one of those things.

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              23.01.2010 21:17
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              Time to have a coffee!

              Let me first say that my wee boy (16 months and counting) doesn't sit still for much - he is a small tornado in human form always on the look out for adventures and anything that involves staying in one place for more than 5 seconds at a time (apart from where food is involved) is waste of time as far as he is concerned.

              So when a friend of mine said that her boy loved "In the Night Garden" and sat still for a whole half an hour I was disbelieving, but in need of a coffee and a rest one morning, I thought I would give it a go.

              The program is all a bit odd for adults to watch, but sure enough my boy loves it - full of interesting characters and very colourful and musical too. The characters are as follows:

              Iggle Piggle - supposedly the star of the show - a light blue fluffy character (reminds me of the marshmallow man in Ghostbusters) who spends his time either asleep in his little boat or prancing about the garden waving his red blanket with the bell on it. He also squeaks and tends to fall over a lot - quite annoying for grown ups (or me anyway) but there is something hypnotic about him as my boy is transfixed when he is on the screen.

              Upsy Daisy - a very girly character who sings, dances and picks flowers all day. She is also bizarrely chased by her bed and spends a great deal of time hugging and kissing Iggle Piggle - not a great postive role model for our little girls me thinks.

              Tomliboos - these are three ridiculously cute characters who wear very lovely stripey outfits and trousers with spots on them. They seem to have lots of trouble with those trousers - always falling down or getting muddled. They like hugging and kissing too but also like cleaning teeth, making music and building blocks - all very wholesome activities.

              Haahoos - big balloony type characters that just seem to float about getting in the way and not doing a great deal.

              Makka Pakka - the hardest working character in the garden - always tootling about washing faces and tidying stones. Seems a bit unfair that he needs to sleep in a cave, but he seems to like it.

              Pontipines/Wattingas - two teeny tiny families of 10 who live next door to each other - all very cosy and they do like a good dance and supper.

              There are two modes of transport in the garden - Pinky Ponk (sort of flying balloon type thing) and Ninky Nonk (run away train). Not ideal if you want to have a nice drink or two as things always tend to get spilled, but Makka Pakka is usually on hand to tidy up.

              The stories are happy little tales of what the characters get up to in the garden, and at the end they all settle down to bed - perfect way for a little one to wind down for bedtime.

              A great watch for your wee one (and great chance for you to have a sit down!)

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                17.01.2010 21:27
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                Great program for kids to watch

                This is a children's TV program currently being shown on BBC and Cbeebies. My four year old daughter loves this program and has loved it for a couple of years now. She has got all the figures and regularly takes them to bed with her.

                The program begins with one of the characters Iggle Piggle drifting on a boat and entering a different world where all the other characters live. Each episode starts with a different character and follows their adventures and meetings with other characters in the world. The main characters are:
                Iggle Piggle who carries a blanket round with him.
                Upsy Daisy who has a bed that follows her around and sometimes gets lost.
                Makka Pakka who has a scooter that carries his cleaning items on.
                Tombliboos - three characters who have shorts that get cleaned and hung out to dry.
                Pontipines - a family of mum, dad and their eight children. The family is very small.
                Ninky Nonk a bus that takes all the characters around the world and encourages them to put their seat belts on.
                Pinky Ponk - an airship that also carries the characters around.
                HaaHoos - 4 large inflatable characters that bounce around.

                Each episode ends with either the characters listening to a story or having a dance together. Then they all go to bed and the narrator says goodbye to them all. Iggle Piggle is always left up and is the last to go to sleep. The show winds down to slow music and encourages children to go to bad and go to sleep.

                My daughter dances with the characters and sings all their songs. It has a calming influence on her at bedtime and I encourage her that as all the Night Garden characters have gone to sleep, its time for her to go to sleep as well.

                I definitely recommend this program to all young children and their parents who want to calm their children down before bedtime.

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                Great programe for babies and young children

                In the Night Garden is a baby and young childrens television programme. It is probably the best childrens programme on at the moment.

                It starts with someone putting there child to bed, then it skips to Iggle Piggle the blue charector in his sailing boat going off to the Night Garden, The Night Garden is a dream world that children go to in their sleep.

                The programme is based around Iggle Piggle and his friends, Upsy Daisy, Maka Pakka, The Tombliboos and the Pontupines. Each character has their own song and dance and something that they do or have, for example Iggle Piggle has his red blanket.

                The programme has alot of repitition which I think helps children relate to each time they watch it, my son is only 7 months and already he seems to pick up on the twinkly theme tune, the whole programme is full of bright colours which is brilliant for such a young age group. At the end of each programme they have a story which is basically a re-run of what has happened on the show.

                Im not one to let my child sit in front of the tv all day but I quite often put this on cebeebies bedtime hour of an evening to relax him before bath and bed.

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                11.01.2010 00:50
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                The best childrens programme on at the moment!

                My children have grown accustomed to In the Night Garden from when they were born. At first they had to sit through it because mummy and daddy were so intrigued by this weird programme we had discovered - I had to check it really was tea I was drinking and not something more hallucinogenic! The programme is bright and colourful, and very quirky.

                It begins with Iggle Piggle (he's the blue one) getting into his boat and sailing off into the Night Garden, which is meant to be a dream world visited in a child's sleep. When he arrives he is greeted by his friends Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka, the Tombliboos and the teeny tiny Pontipines. Each character has their own song and toys or things associated with them. There is a lot of repetition, especially using songs and the story at the end, which summarises everything that happened in the episode.

                Because of the repetition and the things that you know will happen when certain characters appear, it's good for young children, and it helps them to learn all the names and dances (it's pretty funny watching two 2-year olds doing the Makka Pakka dance!). My twins get really excited when this is on TV and they seem to identify with things in a way that doesn't really happen with other children's programmes. When the theme music is on, they stand silent in front of the TV (it's a tinkly, soothing theme). When characters appear, they say their names and like naming all the things they can see.

                They enjoy playing with their in the Night Garden toys and books, and associate what's going on on the TV with the characters in other situations. I think my children have gained a lot from watching this programme, it is fun but it has also helped them with recognising things and developing their speech. It's obvious how successful the marketing of this brand has been. The range of In the Night Garden toys is huge and the success of the show just makes them even more popular.

                This programme is on CBeebies once during the day, and also at 6.20pm. I think it's also on BBC2 in the mornings. This is great for getting them ready for bed, it's become part of their routine and they really look forward to it. This is one of the best programmes for young children at the moment. And I enjoy watching it to let my brain switch off for 20 minutes before the twins go to bed, and just because it is so weird!

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                Great for babies and little kids

                My first son came home from his Grandma's one weekend going crazy about a character he had seen called Iggle Piggle. I thought he had gone mad until I watched In the Night Garden. Then I was enlightened.

                The story is about a magical place somewhere between awake and asleep and it contains characters called Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka, the Tombliboos, the Pontipines and the Harhoos.

                There isn't really much content in the stories but for young children you don't really need much - for some reason the music and colours on screen captivate them. My younger son is now an avid fan.

                I would definitely recommend this programme as a wind down 20 minutes and it can often be found on the Bedtime Hour on Cbeebies. The calm voice of the narrator and the twinkly music all aid in calming down wired and energetic children ready for bathtime and bedtime. Or at least they do in this household.

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                  21.10.2009 14:47
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                  A great children's programme

                  I have had a vague awareness of In the Night Garden for a few years now as I have a six year old stepdaughter who was really into it a few years ago. Until recently my knowledge of it was limited to the names of a few characters but now my one year old has become fascinated by it, I feel I know it fairly well.

                  ~~~ Summary ~~~

                  It is tricky to explain what In the Night Garden is about. As an adult it completely baffles me as nothing really seems to happen but young children certainly seem to find it fascinating. It is designed for children aged one to four and is aimed at stimulating their imagination. It was created by the people responsible for creating the Teletubbies and I believe it now has almost the same cult status amongst teenagers as Teletubbies once did.

                  According to its creators 'In the Night Garden' is "best described as a modern televisual interpretation of a nursery rhyme picture book." If that makes any sense to you then you're doing better than me! The theme of the programme seems to be centred around sleep and dreamtime as the programme starts with a child going off to sleep and ends with the characters going to sleep.

                  ~~~ The characters ~~~

                  The characters in the programme are slightly strange-looking toys. None of the characters actually talk properly themselves, instead the show is narrated by Derek Jacobi.

                  Iggle Piggle - Probably the main character of the show, Iggle Piggle is a cuddly-looking blue creature with red hair who carries a red blanket around everywhere with him.

                  Upsy Daisy - She is a cheerful soul with pink, red and yellow hair which wiggles when she sings. She has a bed on wheels with a mind of its own that often accompanies her.

                  Makka Pakka - is by far my favourite character. He is smaller than the others and is a dumpy little thing who has a scooter and a sponge he uses to wash the other characters faces. He is obsessed with stones and several episodes revolve around Makka Pakka and his stones. Makka Pakka seems really sweet and cuddly which is why I like him so much.

                  The Tombliboos - These three characters remind me a little of the Teletubbies. They live in a big bush and are often seen running around inside it.

                  The Ponty Pines - these are a family of ten very small wooden dolls who live next door to their neighbours, the Wottingers.

                  As well as the characters above, there are also appearances from:

                  The Haa Hoos - giant round cushion-like creatures who live in the Garden

                  The Ninky Nonk - a kind of train which travels around the garden and has different carriages for the different characters

                  The Pinky Ponk - an airship-type thing which floats around the garden and which the characters can travel inside.

                  ~~~ The Episodes ~~~

                  Each episode is half an hour long and follows the same format. Each programme starts the same way with a young child holding their hand out so their parent can trace a circle around their palm with their finger. Then we see Iggle Piggle on a dark ocean in his boat. He takes his sail down, lights his light and then lies down with the sail as a blanket and goes to sleep. This is a nice, comforting and reassuring way to start the programme and even young children can recognise it.

                  The main part of each programme usually revolves around one event. For example, all the characters get on the Ninky Nonk in turn and ride in it around the garden. Or Makka Pakka gives a stone to each of the other characters and then discovers he has none left for himself.

                  Each programme ends with the story that has taken place being retold as a short illustrated bedtime story with all the characters (except Iggle Piggle) being tucked up in bed.

                  ~~~ My Opinion ~~~

                  In the Night Garden is one of the programmes I don't mind my son watching as it is a nice gentle show with colourful characters and some singing and dancing. Each of the characters in the show has their own song which they sing when they first appear. Unfortunately these songs are really rather catchy and I find that I get them stuck in my head for hours on end so probably best to watch this programme with your child whilst wearing ear plugs!

                  My son had never really been interested in the television until one day when he was about 10 months old, I switched CBeebies on to find In the Night Garden was showing. He sat glued to the television for a good five minutes (which is unusual as he usually has a very short attention span). Now that he is a year old he is still fascinated by the programme - as soon as the theme music comes on he will walk over to the television and stand watching it.

                  There is an awful lot of merchandise you can get related to In the Night Garden, most of it at a fairly extortionate price so be wary of letting your child get too addicted to this programme!

                  The programme seems to be quite relaxing for young children which is why CBeebies shows it in their Bedtime Hour from 6pm to 7pm. The narration is very soothing and the song at the end is nice and gentle.

                  All in all this is a lovely little programme for little people.

                  ~~~ When Is It On? ~~~

                  In the Night Garden is shown at 10:30am on weekdays on BBC2.
                  If you have access to digital television, it can also be found on CBeebies at 11am and repeated at 2:30pm. A different episode is then shown at 6:20pm.

                  For more information see:
                  www.inthenightgarden.co.uk
                  or
                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/about/programmes/inthenightgarden.shtml

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                    watch it if you want 30 min of you time!

                    We were late getting into this show. I heard everyone talking about it but as my daughter went to bed at 6pm, which was when it was shown (until recently) it escaped us. Until one day when I realised it was on at 10:30 on BBC2, and we just happened to be home and having a snack....

                    My daugher was 13 months when she first saw it, and until then had never been bothered by tv- she could happily ignore it when it was on, but wow, did she take notice of this! From start to finish, she sat and was mesmerised by the bright, colourful characters who made noises she liked, jumped and danced around, and hugged and kissed. She loved the birds that made funny music noises and bobbed up and down, and especially loved the ninky nonk- the clattering train that runs wild over the garden.

                    Even better was that she was pointing, laughing and copying Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy within days, and now at nearly 2 she sings along to all the songs and does all of the actions. It's so fun to watch, and I love letting her sit and watch this as I know she enjoys it. My 7 month old son stops what he is doing when the music comes on and is becoming more and more mesmerised by the characters.

                    I can't say I'm as big of a fan.... the pace of the show is slower than slow, the music annoying, and the pontipines loud and squeaky. But it buys me half an hour of down time while it's on, so I can't complain too much!

                    For those who can stand it, take a trip to the garden at:
                    10:30am- BBC2
                    11:00am-Cbeebies
                    6:20pm-Cbeebies

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