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Iceni Magazine | August 16, 2022

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The Magic Roundabout leaves kids without a Scooby Doo!

Kids react to parents favourite childhood TV shows

  • While kids today have more shows to choose from than ever before, a third of Brits believe kids TV was better in their day and nearly half can still sing the theme tunes
  • The Flintstones, Scooby Doo, and Mr Benn voted in the top shows we would want our kids to watch today
  • VIDEO: TV-spoilt kids watch some of their parents’ favourite childhood shows– and it’s hilarious

Kids today may enjoy having more TV to choose from than ever before and improved animation with HD TV, but for nearly one in three (30%) British adults, the Kids TV of their childhood will always come up trumps.

TalkTalk TV revealed nearly half (43%) admitting we can still sing the theme tunes from classics like Bananas in Pyjamas and Wacky Races.

TalkTalk TV has stepped in to settle the debate once and for all by capturing kids’ honest critiques of the children’s TV their parents used to watch. The tongue-in-cheek new video sees children aged six to eight’s reactions to a series of iconic Kids TV shows from the 1960s through to the 1990s. Through their less than rose-tinted glasses the kids comment on everything from the ‘the funny walk’ of Mr Benn to the ‘characters made of Playdough’ and the ‘strange’ graphics in shows such as Scooby Doo, Mr Benn and The Magic Roundabout.

The research from TalkTalk TV revealed that nearly half (41%) of parents don’t watch any Kids TV with their children, but that nearly three in four (72%) would watch more if they could watch the shows they loved as kids with their own children. The video is particularly relevant as parents across the country will be making their best effort to keep their children entertained this Easter holiday.

The Top 10 shows as voted by British adults that they’d most like to watch with their children are:

  1. The Flintstones
  2. Scooby Doo
  3. Wacky Races
  4. Grange Hill
  5. Mr Benn
  6. The Magic Roundabout
  7. Thurderbirds
  8. Danger Mouse
  9. Thomas and the Tank Engine
  10. Bananas in Pyjamas 

With a growing trend of past favourites receiving modern-day makeovers, many of the shows we’d like to watch with our kids are actually still available today. Shows which have stood the test of time, such as Wacky Races, Disney’s Duck Tales, Scooby Doo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Thomas and the Tank Engine are all available for families to watch over Easter on TalkTalk TV’s Kids Boost*.

Aleks Habdank of TalkTalk TV, said: “It can often be hard to keep the kids entertained over the Easter holiday, particularly if the weather isn’t great. Sitting down to watch Kids TV, however, doesn’t need to mean the end of the family time.  

“We are all guilty of looking back at the things we loved as kids and believing it is better than anything around today, but the good news is that many of those iconic shows have actually been revamped for today’s audience. This Easter Holiday the whole family can get together to enjoy watching their favourite characters past and present with the TalkTalk TV Kids Boost.”



Survey of 2,000 UK adults carried out by Opinion from 14/03/2018 to 16/03/18

*Available for a month at a time, the TalkTalk TV Kids Boost has ten of the most popular kids TV channels and over 200 episodes of on demand for only £5 a month.

For more information on the TalkTalk TV Easter Kids Boost, please visit:

TalkTalk launched its TV offering in 2012 and it quickly became Britain’s fastest growing TV service. To date around 1.3 million customers, over a third of all TalkTalk homes, take TV from the value for money provider. As a result of a number of high profile content deals, TalkTalk TV viewers have access to both Sky Sports and BT Sport, Netflix, hit HBO shows such as Game of Thrones and blockbuster movies to rent and own from all major studios.


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