AIBU or are there a disproportionate number of Scots accents on cbeebies?

(157 Posts)
Slatecross Wed 13-Nov-13 22:52:11

Woolly and Tig, Balamory, Me Too, Bits and Bobs and now "keetee moooregg."

And only one scouser, and not a single northerner! What's going on?!

Slatecross Wed 13-Nov-13 22:53:00

Actually I take it back - one of bits and bobs is o'brien off Downton.

WildThong Wed 13-Nov-13 22:56:08

Isn't Balamory set in Scotland?

AlbertoFrog Wed 13-Nov-13 22:59:52

I was thinking this earlier today too. Quite a few kids programmes are set or filmed in Scotland this weather.

I wonder if it's cheaper to produce them up north. Isn't that the reason Waterloo Road moved to Greenock?

2beornot Wed 13-Nov-13 23:00:05

Don't forget nina (of and the neurons fame!)

PrimalLass Wed 13-Nov-13 23:02:02

Because they are made by BBC Scotland.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 13-Nov-13 23:02:29

Its to appease the rebellious Scots who have complained in the past about lack of representation on the BBC. Same reason as the shipbuilding going to the Clyde rather than Portsmouth. The government is shit scared the Scots will vote for independence next year.

giraffesCantGoGuising Wed 13-Nov-13 23:03:26

Because we are all amazing innit.

I see Tig and Katie Morag everyday in real life - that is my rubbish claim to fame!

Slatecross Wed 13-Nov-13 23:05:27

Wow giraffes! Are they real divas? What's on their backstage rider? grin

PrimalLass Wed 13-Nov-13 23:05:57

Same reason as the shipbuilding going to the Clyde rather than Portsmouth.

Not because the skills are better in Glasgow? Which is what OH has been told by people in the know (he works for a defence company).

SkateLife Wed 13-Nov-13 23:06:12

Or maybe, this year, Scotland produced a higher quality of bbc kids programmes. Is it not based on rating?

Really, I have to ask, why start a thread about it? Do you have a problem with Scottish accents? Until next year (when we get the vote), we're meant to be one big happy family!

Slatecross Wed 13-Nov-13 23:06:34

DH just said mr bloom is northern but he isn't, he's Cornish and any northerner can hear it in his cod Yorkshire vowels.

lovelychops Wed 13-Nov-13 23:06:54

Who's the Scouser? Can't think who you mean.

Slatecross Wed 13-Nov-13 23:08:27

My dissertation back in the day, was accent and dialect, and at the time, broadcasting was chock full of Irish accents. They were very much the vogue. Now it's Scots. Will scousers have their day? <dreams>

Slatecross Wed 13-Nov-13 23:08:57

The market trader off Me Too is a scouser.

SkateLife Wed 13-Nov-13 23:10:13

Me too is filmed in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.

Slatecross Wed 13-Nov-13 23:10:52

But the Gherkin building is in the titles! I'm easily confused!

Shallistopnow Wed 13-Nov-13 23:12:09

No YANBU. I've thought it for years and it does seem a bit OTT. Surely a little confusing for little English people learning to talk?

SkateLife Wed 13-Nov-13 23:15:01

My dh has just told me, BBC Scotland are in charge of kids programmes. So that's maybe why.

SkateLife Wed 13-Nov-13 23:16:41

Oh we wouldn't want those little people speaking anything other than clipped Home Counties accents would we? Dahlang.

KerwhizzedMyself Wed 13-Nov-13 23:17:11

I like all the Scottish accents. I have trouble with accents so hearing Scottish ones all day sometimes when dd watches cbeebies has helped me a lot haha!

Slatecross Wed 13-Nov-13 23:18:27

There aren't many RP accents either though. Chris off ShowMe ShowMe and his slightly Noël Coward vowels is maybe the closest.

katese11 Wed 13-Nov-13 23:18:58

And nurse morag from get well soon! My Story is often Scotland based too. love a scots accent so not complaining....

Slatecross Wed 13-Nov-13 23:19:35

Now Chorlton and the Wheelies - that had linguistic diversity!

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Wed 13-Nov-13 23:19:58

I've always thought there was a disproportionate number of English accents on kid's TV shows. About time Scots had their day grin

ToysRLuv Wed 13-Nov-13 23:21:20

I think it's nice. Everything else on tv seems to be Southern centered.

Keith Fitt from Gigglebiz is Scouse grin

WhereIsMyHat Wed 13-Nov-13 23:21:41

I'm so excited about Katie moral, I could kiss bbc Scotland. There are a few BBC Wales programmes too. Grandpa in my pocket, abadas....

Slatecross Wed 13-Nov-13 23:25:22

So there's only one person from the north west? (The MeToo scouser) Even Justin doesn't have a north west character!! sad

Slatecross Wed 13-Nov-13 23:25:58

Cross posted - Keith Fitt is a Geordie!

ToysRLuv Wed 13-Nov-13 23:26:00

DH quite often twists the Abadas song to: My name is Seren and I am a Welsh bat.. grin

DS (4) never noticed or cared about different accents on cbeebies. Never heard of any kids that did/do.

NarwhalKnickers Wed 13-Nov-13 23:26:29

Keith Fit is a Geordie!

I didn't realise Grandpa in my pocket was Welsh

WhereIsMyHat Wed 13-Nov-13 23:26:48

One of the lady's from the shop in Balamory is northern.

ToysRLuv Wed 13-Nov-13 23:27:31

Oh, is he? In my defence, I'm foreign..

SkateLife Wed 13-Nov-13 23:27:34

Grandpa in my pocket is filmed partly in Southwald (South east England).

Slatecross Wed 13-Nov-13 23:29:50

Whereismyhat, sorry no she's s Geordie too!

AmIthatHot Wed 13-Nov-13 23:30:17

Presumably some of the responses are tongue in cheek?

Same as shipbuilding on the Clyde hmm

Confusing for little ones learning to speak hmm hmm

I'll take these as the jokes they clearly are.

The language used and the accents in all of the BBC Scotland programmes are perfectly clear and understandable.

Everyone in the country has an accent of some description. Perhaps people like me don't want children speaking like Charlie and Lola. But then that would make me unreasonable.


Slatecross Wed 13-Nov-13 23:30:31

Is it? I thought it was Milford haven-ish! The set is 100% ikea!

WhereIsMyHat Wed 13-Nov-13 23:31:18
thistlelicker Wed 13-Nov-13 23:31:47

I always thought it was because the Scottish accent announce certain words more clearly ... Like they roll their "r".... Well I do anyway ie I say iron (irn bru) where my English counterparts called it ion bru and
We just know it's not!!! Like the town bury near Manchester, it's spelt bury so as a Scottish person I say bury but English people call it berry .... So I think it's to help people pronounce words and often it's a accent that's easily understood as a child!

Slatecross Wed 13-Nov-13 23:32:12

Amithathot you can't be too careful. My brother watched too much of The Clangers and now can only communicate with the use of a swannee whistle...

KerwhizzedMyself Wed 13-Nov-13 23:33:27

I wish Yorkshire was better represented. All we have is sexy fake Mr Bloom.

KatoPotato Wed 13-Nov-13 23:36:49
peanutMD Wed 13-Nov-13 23:38:39

As others have said BBC Scotland is primarily in charge of children programming.

Tbh i think its nice to hear different accents on when i was a child it was all English.

Oh and to whoever it was whining about Govan/Portsmouth, pull your knickers out of your arse the standard of work was the main reason for the decision not " hmm

peanutMD Wed 13-Nov-13 23:39:11


AmIthatHot Wed 13-Nov-13 23:42:20

Slatecross, your poor brother, but it could have been worse, he could have been raised on the Teletubbies grin

Slatecross Wed 13-Nov-13 23:44:08

Yes, or Pingu!

CookieB Wed 13-Nov-13 23:48:20

A Scottish accent without slang is more neutral than any other place in Britain according to recent studies. Am I Scottish? Aye. Scottish Independence? i'll wait until the 26th for the proposals but probably think nah ur awrite wink.

Slatecross Wed 13-Nov-13 23:49:11

What do you mean by "neutral"?

juneybean Wed 13-Nov-13 23:58:40

Penny Pocket is northern/Geordie.

AmIthatHot Thu 14-Nov-13 00:00:56

Yes, I was always led to believe that the people from Inverness speak the purest form of English - clear, distinct words, vowels, etc.

I think PC Plum, for example, has a very, very clear speaking voice

underthesky Thu 14-Nov-13 04:42:36

I know it's not cbeebies but Postman Pat is Scottish....he's married to someone I went to school with!!

MrsMook Thu 14-Nov-13 05:39:05

No midlanders. Never heard an "ey oop me duck" (not even from Sarah) or a "Bostin'".

Definately under-represented per head of population. Can't think of any N Irish either. (Although the Irish funded baby Jake clearly comes from a Catholic family grin)

Per head of population, definitely more Scottish accented characters

Slatecross Thu 14-Nov-13 07:09:10

MrsMook Bob the Builder is a Brum and Big City Park is Northern Irish.

Am still piqued there's no one from the northwest! Not a single Manc!

pianodoodle Thu 14-Nov-13 07:20:53

No YANBU. I've thought it for years and it does seem a bit OTT. Surely a little confusing for little English people learning to talk

Lol! Yes let's not confuse the poor English people confusedgrin

whatareyoueventalkingabout Thu 14-Nov-13 07:21:26

Mrs mook, Bostin?????

Captainbarnacles1101 Thu 14-Nov-13 07:24:39

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LadyRochford Thu 14-Nov-13 07:28:07

They all have northern accents on Harry and Toto, and the doctor is a scouser! Is that still on? We have the DVD. I love it.

Slatecross Thu 14-Nov-13 07:28:46

There's all of Big City Park, captainbarnacles!

Captainbarnacles1101 Thu 14-Nov-13 07:32:48

Slatecross. What is big city park? Where and when is it on?

PseudoBadger Thu 14-Nov-13 07:43:45

Big City Park is absolutely shockingly bad.

PseudoBadger Thu 14-Nov-13 07:44:56

There are some accents in Q Pootle 5 (on now) but I'm too tired to place them, apart from Stacey/Joanna Page being welsh.

Enidcoleslaw Thu 14-Nov-13 07:51:13

They dubbed over the accents of all the little Glaswegian children in Waybuloo...

Captainbarnacles1101 Thu 14-Nov-13 07:52:58

Is Big city park the hole in the wall gangs attempt At kids programmes??? They should stick to political satire!!!

Could we not cast Jamie Dornan as an Irish Mr Bloom????

I'd watch that and so would all my friends. I mean with our kids obviously!!!

dopeysheep Thu 14-Nov-13 08:05:08

My favourite is Rastamouse by far. Theme tune, accents, the lot.

Whistleblower0 Thu 14-Nov-13 08:07:40

Irish accents (southern) consistantly top polls of the most attractive accent, particularly when spoken by men. This is very closley followed by scots.

uhOhOhDear Thu 14-Nov-13 08:13:26

I like regional accents, but I dislike the poor pronunciation on cbeebies, it's political correctness gone mad. Why teach toddlers to say 'gonna', 'wanna' etc? Surely we want the next generation to speak clearly?

WaspsInTheHouse Thu 14-Nov-13 08:19:26

There are more varied accents on cbeebies than when ds1 was little, for which I'm very glad about.

You know some kids grow up in a house where their parents don't even have the same accent shock It's a hitherto unknown travesty that needs sorting!

msmoss Thu 14-Nov-13 08:23:57

They filmed a children's programme in Ormeau Park, Belfast but in don't know what it was, what channel or if it had Northern Irish accents in it.

yes, yes, yes to Jamie Dornan as an Irish Mr Bloom <fans self> although after the fall would you ever feel comfortable watching it? Maybe he could be in the x-rated version that seems to be going through quite a few mumsnetters minds when watching the real one grin

mumteedum Thu 14-Nov-13 08:24:51

Iabu but I hate the whiney southern accent of the kids at start of show me, show me. That's my ishoo though! ( northerner...some High pitched southern accented voices are like finger nails down blackboard to me);-)

wem Thu 14-Nov-13 08:27:35

The Cloudbabies are northern, I love their accent smile

topsmart Thu 14-Nov-13 08:31:12

BBC Scotland do make things for the kids channels but I'm not sure why posters have claimed bbc Scotland is in charge of the children's tv output - the head office for children's is based in Salford, that's where all the department's bigwigs are.

Tweasels Thu 14-Nov-13 08:43:02

I love the idea that Cbeebies broadcast Scottish shows in an attempt to get Scotland to vote no to Independence. Ha Alex Salmond has really missed a trick there confused

And for goodness sake can people please stop confusing Geordies for Scousers we sound nothing alike. And Me Too is also filmed partly in Newcastle thank you very much!

Fluffytent Thu 14-Nov-13 08:43:07

Green Balloon club has northern accents too

Fluffyears Thu 14-Nov-13 08:50:13

Might help little people learn to pronounce properly. Loch is not pronounced as 'Lock' and draw is not pronounced as 'drawr'. I don't understand how an accent would be confusing as long as the words are clear and said correctly. Maybe if we slipped into proper slang then yer bairns wouldnae huv a clue whit wis goin oan.

mumteedum Thu 14-Nov-13 08:56:29

Ahh I enjoyed that fluffy smile lived in Scotland for few years, love the lingo, yer ken? (wrong region u know;)

Fluffyears Thu 14-Nov-13 09:01:30

Aye ken whit ye mean and aw rhat.

I can remember watching a schools programme back in the 70s with my very broadly NE Scotland spoken primary class. Pictire of tortoise shown on screen. RP presenter: "now children, what's this?" Class: "its a to-ar-toys". RP presenter: "that's right, it's a tortus". Class: "eh, fit's she on aboot?".

ILetHimKeep20Quid Thu 14-Nov-13 09:08:05

Katie Morag (rather than your rather insulting attempt at phonetically sounding it out) is based on a series of books about a little girl on a Scottish island. What do you want them to do? Transport her to the south east?

LinghamStyle Thu 14-Nov-13 09:09:58

mumteedum you mean you love the patter? grin

mrsjay Thu 14-Nov-13 09:11:04

BBC scotland make a lot of childrens programmes maybe the London studios jus make serious programmes, it is all to do with outsourcing , and what is exactly wrong with a scots accent EH grin . balamory was made in scotland and katie (who i used to love) is a scottish book

ILetHimKeep20Quid Thu 14-Nov-13 09:11:20

Oh and there's a reason many many major companies base their contact centres in Scotland. Here's a clue, it's because a properly pronounced Scottish accent is reassuring, professional and creates the right impression. And doesn't sound like cats claws on a black board.

Fluffytent Thu 14-Nov-13 09:11:21

I know some of Katie Morag's extended relations in RL and apparently she is PITA since she got that gig.

mrsjay Thu 14-Nov-13 09:12:19

KM is a series of books i meant I loved reading them in my scottish accent to dd2

ILetHimKeep20Quid Thu 14-Nov-13 09:16:03

Island granny and mainland granny. grin

Love the books. Even my 8 year los was thrilled to see the tv show advertised, although I haven't seen it yet.

The octonauts is absolutely full of different accents. Lionfish, for example, are scouse.

ArtisanLentilWeaver Thu 14-Nov-13 09:22:07

Nobody has mentioned the Cheeky wee McGregors or Granny Murray!
There are very few genuine northern Scot accents on children's tv. Most sound like they are from around the Glasgow area.
Eadie McCreadie's highland accent is fake but Granny Island's accent sounds authentic.

thebody Thu 14-Nov-13 09:25:23

er you should be a brummie!! can't think of one character with a brummie/Black Country accent.


FeckOffCup Thu 14-Nov-13 09:29:23

IShallWearMidnight when I was a child I actually thought a "tortoise" and a "tautus" were two different animals because of the different pronunciations by different people.

KerwhizzedMyself Thu 14-Nov-13 09:30:37

Cloudbabies are fake northern too sad they slip back into other accents occasionally.

Forgot about green balloon club! The little boy in that is full on Yorkshire grin

LittleMissGerardPoppyButler Thu 14-Nov-13 09:31:41

Thankfully I don't have to watch it any more, but I thought Justin was English and he used to be on everything grin

ArtisanLentilWeaver Thu 14-Nov-13 09:35:37

thebody - Big and Small!

mrsjay Thu 14-Nov-13 10:02:00

Love the books. Even my 8 year los was thrilled to see the tv show advertised, although I haven't seen it yet.

dd is 15 and I heard it was on cbeebies I am tempted to watch it blush

peanutMD Thu 14-Nov-13 11:30:34

Isn't the lady who works on the buses in Mee Too a Manc? Can't remember her name but she buggered off to Corrie for a while.

I live near Inverness and can't understand a weird half of them are saying sometimes but then I'm Glasweigan so no one understands me most of the time as we have a tendency to speak to
fast and add/subtract letters at random apparently grin

Did someone say Justin (a.k.a TV licence hog) isn't English?

Most of Postman Pat have got Yorkshire accents.

Apart from Mrs Goggins, who is scottish.

AmIthatHot Thu 14-Nov-13 11:38:52

Fluffytent I have only seen the trailers for this, she doesn't sound like a Hebridean islander to me. Is she, do you know? She actually sounds like DD and we're in Perthshire

Worried3 Thu 14-Nov-13 11:41:13

YABU. why do you care?

BBC Scotland make all these programmes, clearly the commissioners felt these programmes were the best of what was on offer. And Katie Morag is set in Scotland, so I'm not surprised that the actors in it are Scottish.

As to the poster who thought it might be confusing for her DC to hear diffierent accents- are you serious? I hope not. Incredibly ignorant.

hyenafunk Thu 14-Nov-13 11:57:16

The bus cleaner on Me Too was in corry when I last watched it, she's from the North West. Most of Postman Pat are Yorkshire accents, especially Ted Glen!

But yes there are a lot of Scottish accents although I always wondered why the Waybuloo ones are dubbed over if they clearly have a love for the Scottish accent.

Fluffytent Thu 14-Nov-13 12:01:45

amithathot she's from Glasgow I'm told. Family are lovely but she's gone a bit Shirley Temple I believe

thebestlaidplans Thu 14-Nov-13 12:10:33

Calm down, I can assure you that it's not a conspiracy to take England down via the medium of cartoons and it's nothing to do with independence.
It's purely that with several Scottish TV production companies turning out high quality kids shows, presumably lower production costs than SE England, there happen to be some Scottish accents around. Katie Morag is the spin-off from a series of incredibly popular kids books, they're unlikely to uproot the show to suit your preference for accents when it's written in the Western Isles. Topsy and Tim started around the same time as Katie Morag, but you don't mention their English accents?
As a mum with a Scottish accent, husband with SE English accent and toddler with a bit of both, I'm happy that CBeebies is so diverse. And I love that some of the shows are filmed in such great places. They have a strong sense of location, family, community, all very important.
There are plenty of other regional accents represented throughout the shows, something to please everyone. This is what the UK is like in 2013, diverse!
It's not a conspiracy, it's just real life nowadays and I for one would prefer my child to hear lots of variety.

shallistopnow oh, yes, very confusing. I'm sure my son, who lives with his two Scottish parents, in wales, and attends an English nursery, is terribly confused.

hmm we'll ignore the fact his speech is apparently at the level of a four year old at age two.

Fuck sake.

thebody Thu 14-Nov-13 12:19:32

oh not seen big and small! probably as youngest a teen and no longer childmind but will catch it.

hope its authentic brummie not put on?

Fluffyears Thu 14-Nov-13 12:21:51

I think realising early that there are a variety of accents in the world can only help development. I find it quite insulting to say it's confusing to English children. What about Scottish children, welsh children and Northern Irish children watching tv with English accents? The UK has 4 countries although a lit of people don't seem to realise this. I am proud of my accent, Gaelic is amazing I love listening to it despite not speaking a word of it. The shinty on bbc alba is fantastic.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Thu 14-Nov-13 12:43:36

Old Jack's Boat is set in Yorkshire and Waybuloo is Scottish but dubbed over.

The Midlands is very under represented! Not everything revolves around Birmingham!

"Keith Fitt from Gigglebiz is Scouse"

This made me laugh. Keith has the voice of a Geordie but the looks of a Scouse. YANBU to get confused.

Osmiornica Thu 14-Nov-13 13:10:47

Why are all the 'Welsh' characters accents fake? Can't they find any real Welsh actors?

Pobblewhohasnotoes Thu 14-Nov-13 13:16:46

Who's welsh accents are fake?

Fleta Thu 14-Nov-13 13:25:32

The whole "northern accents" thing really makes me laugh grin There's no such thing! The north of England has such hugely diverse accents-Yorkshire alone has different accents across the different ridings.

For Yorkshire accents I can think of the little boy from Green Balloon Club who is from Scarborough. Old Jack's Boat is set in Staithes I believe but Bernard Cribbens is from Lancashire.

shezzle Thu 14-Nov-13 13:26:09

Not one of the presenters has a Scottish accent do they? My two children couldn't give a monkeys about accents!!

HopAlongOnItsOnlyChristmas Thu 14-Nov-13 13:29:09

Hang on Mr Bloom isn't Northern? What?

<has huge crush on Mr Bloom>

ArtisanLentilWeaver Thu 14-Nov-13 13:48:01

thebody- I think Small's voice is Lenny Henry and he is from Brum. <authentic>

AugustaProdworthy Thu 14-Nov-13 13:51:33

If Scotland do get independence what would happen to BBC Scotland?
(I'd like some northern voices personally)

sandfrog Thu 14-Nov-13 14:01:15

Agree about the fake accents. Mr Bloom's "northern" accent is obviously fake and it's just lazy to avoid finding a real northern actor.

sandfrog Thu 14-Nov-13 14:02:04

Oh and why does anything rural have to have a SW England accent? There are plenty of other rural areas.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Thu 14-Nov-13 14:02:59

But the bloke off Mr Bloom made up the programme. Wonder why he decided to play it northern when he's Cornish.

HopAlongOnItsOnlyChristmas Thu 14-Nov-13 14:04:28

It sounds quite realistic to me and I'm kind of a Manc.

Callani Thu 14-Nov-13 14:09:02

Well no matter if the Scottish accents go out of fashion, I bet us Brummie's will never end up being the favourites on TV (thank goodness...)

RobinSparkles Thu 14-Nov-13 14:11:13

Big and Small definitely isn't fake Brummie. It whatsisname doing the voices.

Oh my god, I can't remember his name! It'll come to me.

RobinSparkles Thu 14-Nov-13 14:12:08

Lenny Henry!

Thank goodness. That would have bugged me all day!

Callani Thu 14-Nov-13 14:15:17

*Brummies even!

ercoldesk Thu 14-Nov-13 14:15:19

I'm sure someone else has said it, but how could Katie Morag have anything other than a Scottish accent?

BBC Scotland is obviously just doing it's bit.

PseudoBadger Thu 14-Nov-13 14:18:25

Lenny Henry is Big and Small! And the mouse(? It's been a while since I saw it, anyway, the female character) is Imelda Staunton.
Nearly all the female and children characters in Postman Pat are done by the same woman.

ballinacup Thu 14-Nov-13 14:19:06

Keith Fit does not have a Geordie accent. It's a typical middle-class-southerner-putting-on-a-Geordie-accent-and-mangling-it accent.

Pearl verlting indeed.

BerstieSpotts Thu 14-Nov-13 14:20:07

Did you know that the children in Waybuloo are also Scottish but they dubbed them with London accents which always sound really bizarre, forced and fake, especially the laughing! confused I guess somebody in TV land decided there were too many scottish programmes already grin

Don't forget Abney and Teal, no accent but "Neep" is a Scottish word.

From my childhood there was the Family Ness.

MyMILisfromHELL Thu 14-Nov-13 14:20:41

Yanbu. Get Well Soon also features a Scottish accent. Nina & the Neurons is also bloody annoying.

Don't get me wrong, I don't mind the accent, but the amount of programs on cbeebies with a Scottish accent are disproportionate to the population. My dh is Scottish so it drives me nuts hearing the accent all the time.

mumteedum Thu 14-Nov-13 14:34:41

myMILisfromHELL " My dh is Scottish so it drives me nuts hearing the accent all the time".

^ grin

FannyFifer Thu 14-Nov-13 14:45:13

The vast majority of accents on the BBC are English.
Nice that Scottish children can hear words pronounced correctly with Scottish accents on kids TV.

losersaywhat Thu 14-Nov-13 15:03:05

Its cos we are planning a super race of Scottish children for world domination with Supergran as our leader.

FannyFifer Thu 14-Nov-13 16:05:38

Supergran! She was truly a hero.

FannyFifer Thu 14-Nov-13 16:12:43
According to Wiki supergran is 87 now, she must have been quite young playing her.,

mrsjay Thu 14-Nov-13 16:41:01

was supergran on a sunday before cartoon cavalcade with the might Glen Michael or is that just my childhood memeories all mixed up

Aarow Thu 14-Nov-13 16:48:11

Are there any people with the strong Essex/TOWIE accent? The only time anyone with my accent is on TV is on TOWIE. No CBeebies actors for us poor Essexers. sad

FannyFifer Thu 14-Nov-13 16:55:04

I think it may well have been, paladin the lamp, lol

Bakingtins Thu 14-Nov-13 16:56:18

They are. But I like them. sucker for a scottish accent

DH has got a major thing for Nina. Fortunately I saw Dr Ranj for the first time today, so we're even... but if he asks me to wear bunches and blue eye shadow I'm LTBing

SirChenjin Thu 14-Nov-13 18:11:45

Because Scottish accents are nicer than Ingerlish ones. Fact.

Fluffyears Thu 14-Nov-13 19:16:45

I did speak to a colleague in London today who pronounced 'Milngavie' correctly. The English newsreaders always say it incorrectly. For those not in the know it is not pronounced 'Millingavey' it is 'mil-guy' x

tattiehowker Thu 14-Nov-13 19:30:49

I know! How dare these Scottish bastards think they have a right to be heard?

I just worry for the poor forgotten English. What will happen if they don't have 100% dominance of all media? What will happen to English children being forced to hear people say "car" instead of "cah" etc?

Although Justin Fletcher appears to be an Englander and has 87.3% saturation of CBeebies... And so the natural order is restored.

MrsBungleScare Thu 14-Nov-13 19:32:13

I loved supergran!

FrillyMilly Thu 14-Nov-13 20:09:06

Mr Blooms fake northern accent is horrible. Does it sound real to non northerners? Is that what you think we sound like??

I like the Scottish accents. My DD is 5 and has managed to watch Cbeebies without picking one up smile

Aarow Thu 14-Nov-13 20:17:29

Frilly My youngest had a minor Scottish accent as a result of CBeebies. I'm not sure how as she doesn't really watch much (she prefers watching the kid programs on some other channels) but she rolls her rs properly and everything.

SirChenjin Thu 14-Nov-13 21:27:14

Can I just point out though (it's probably already been said, just can't be arsed to RTFT) that there is no such thing as a Scottish accent, just as there is no such thing as an English accent. Everyone knows, for example, that the weegie accent is dog rough (unless you're from the one square mile approx that is the West End), whereas everyone from Edinburgh is better than the weegies and we sound like Miss Jean Brodie. Dundee northwards is also pretty dire, but north west is very singsong and heathery.

And that is not a sweeping generalisation but is in fact the truth

Slatecross Thu 14-Nov-13 22:30:33


Hurray!!! Lancashire makes it to ceebeebies!!!


GoshAnneGorilla Thu 14-Nov-13 22:54:39

Lenny Henry is from Dudley, so is Black Country, not Brummie.


ercoldesk Thu 14-Nov-13 23:02:41

fluffy I thought it was " mul guy" ?

WilsonFrickett Thu 14-Nov-13 23:13:50

BBC children's is based in Glasgow.

BBC drama is based in Cardiff

BBC Factual is based in Manchester

All part of a 'regionalisation' programme to see the huge amount of money the licence fee generates from across the uk actually being spent in other parts of the uk that don't start in 'Lon' and end in 'don'.

The reason there are a lot more Scottish accents in children's is they don't have the budgets ship other accents in (factual) or film exclusively on location (drama).

losersaywhat Fri 15-Nov-13 09:34:59

I just had to google Big and Small. I wad thinking of big cook little cook and couldnt figure out how Lenny Henry was their voice. Could be cos I was thinking of the wrong program grin

RobinSparkles Fri 15-Nov-13 09:41:15

Mr. Bloom's accent is TERRIBLE! 30 years in the North West and I've never heard an accent like it.

RobinSparkles Fri 15-Nov-13 09:45:21

"Lenny Henry is from Dudley, so is Black Country, not Brummie.


Yeah, but it sounds really similar. Like someone from Chorley sounds similar to someone from Bolton. It's hard to tell the difference if you're not from there!

I'd say mul-guy. Maybe we're just not as posh as those who say mil-guy?

AnnieJanuary Fri 15-Nov-13 10:11:13

I thought surely we had enough twee shows about rural country/coastal life, but my kids lap this stuff up. Katie Morag's alright, it's gentle and sweet. I hate most of CBeebies with it's yelling and screeching and nonsensical babble (Baby Bloody Jake) so I'm glad they find sheep contests and village chatter so exciting!

I love Scots accents so I don't mind hearing them all the time.

Abadas was very Welsh.

mrsjay Fri 15-Nov-13 10:15:20

I saw MIL GUY in a very annoying faux posh accent of course I would never say it to anybody from Milnigavie (sp) but when i say it i think i am hilarious i am not hilarious

badguider Fri 15-Nov-13 10:18:57

children's programmes are made in Glasgow for the same reason natural history ones are made in Bristol - it's just where the department is based.

mrsjay Fri 15-Nov-13 10:24:01

a few programmes have been made in glasgow dd has been in the audience for john barrowmans awful prgramme a few shows, bbc building in glasgow is huge

UriGeller Fri 15-Nov-13 10:33:21

The little girl who talks about Autumn on ceebeebies. What an accent that is!

"An me mum ses, Steeveh"! Love it. Is that Yorkshire or Lanc/Manc?

KatoPotato Fri 15-Nov-13 11:02:43

It's Mull-Guy.

This shiz pays our mortgage...

GideonKipper Fri 15-Nov-13 12:29:08

If Keith Fitt says 'pearl verlting' then Justin's obviously fallen into the trap all Southerners do of hideously mashing up Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesborough and Northumbrian accents and calling it Geordie.

A broad Geordie would say 'voll-nn' complete with glottal stop.

Geordie would be 'porl voll-nn', no? At least I think that's how my friend says it.

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