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WIBU to switch off Topsy and Tim

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GoofyIsACow Wed 13-Nov-13 17:46:31

Beacuse they used the word 'playdate'... Twice!?

In fact 'a double playdate'

FFS! grin

MrsDrRanj Wed 13-Nov-13 17:51:52


It is truly pants

Guitargirl Wed 13-Nov-13 17:55:21


Am pretty sure it was Topsy and Tim (never seen it before) that I had to switch off the other day when they discovered a hole in the roof, rain was coming in and they turned it into one big jolly 'project' which included the neighbours and everything. So annoying.

GoofyIsACow Wed 13-Nov-13 17:56:35

I used to read the T&T books as a child, and loved them... The tv programme is utterly toss...

Wow Guitar, that sounds jolly hmm

Catmint Wed 13-Nov-13 17:59:38

What an excruciating programme. So cheap and awful. Piss all over my childhood cbeebies, why doncha?

Katie Morag was a bit confused as well.

Twoandtwohalves Wed 13-Nov-13 18:04:13

Aww I am fond of it sad. DS1 is 2.5 and has a huge pile of second hand Topsy and Tim books he insists on at bedtime. I like that they are in a "normal" (for telly) house and so far very ordinary things happen to them. I wish they were pre-schoolers like the kids in the books but imagine it would be too difficult to get 4yos to act.

I am also taking tips on toy storage from the big ikea unit screwed to the living room wall. I really thought the programme would be mn approved!

Brittabot Wed 13-Nov-13 18:22:11

YABU my children (2 & 3.5) beg to watch it again and again and I might have let them watch it twice in a row so I could have an uninterrupted cup of tea

Brittabot Wed 13-Nov-13 18:24:56

Although fair do's "play date" is an awful phrase.

Fairylea Wed 13-Nov-13 18:25:39

Why does one have a nickname for a name and one is called a sensible name? Bizarre.


wherethewildthingis Wed 13-Nov-13 18:30:14

I hated it that the boys were playing on the quad bike outside, while the girls made bloody "princess" cupcakes. YANBU!

Purplefrogshoe Wed 13-Nov-13 18:32:44

yabu i loved the topsy and tim books as a child. my dd5 loves the programme she has even watched them several times on iplayer

LadyMetroland Wed 13-Nov-13 18:35:49

I think you're missing the point here

It's not high drama aimed at mummies

It's kids tv done extremely well. Small children love seeing ordinary life depicted in books, tv and art.

My two (aged 2 & 4) are completely transfixed

The only thing I'll concede is some over-acting on the part of the slightly annoying mum.

Spaulding Wed 13-Nov-13 18:40:21

YANBU. Saw it for the first time today and it was bloody annoying. I loved the books as a child and I was excited when I heard CBeebies were making it into a show. Thought it would be animated though, not live-action.

On a side note, I'm sure the mum in it used to be on that awful Channel 5 soap Family Affairs.

MadBannersAndCopPorn Wed 13-Nov-13 18:44:14


I caught it for the first time tonight and thought it was a load of rubbish. I hated the boys playing on quads and girls decorating princess cupcakes too- Tim's friend a boy, Topsy's a girl etc

Pissed all over my fond childhood memories of reading the books....

ABitterPIL Wed 13-Nov-13 18:54:47

What whherethewildthingis said!

KerwhizzedMyself Wed 13-Nov-13 18:56:12

YANBU. It's ruining my memories of the books. I don't remember them all being so... yummy mummy-fied.

WhispersOfWickedness Wed 13-Nov-13 19:18:15

I quite liked it blush
Like someone said upthread, I like that they live in a very ordinary sized house and do mostly boring everyday things. The quad bike/cupcake thing did grate on me though sad

5Foot5 Wed 13-Nov-13 19:26:20

YABU to have it on in the first place. I used to loathe these books with a passion when DD was small. There are so many books that it is fun to read to small children - and then there are the dreaded T & T. God there is dull and then beyond dull. My heart would sink when she chose one at the library and DH and I would argue over who had to read it to her!

ToysRLuv Wed 13-Nov-13 19:26:27

DS (4) loves it. The sexism's bit hmm, but apart from that, I think it's ok. We haven't got any of the books and I'm a foreigner, so no memories to ruin.

CrochetKate Wed 13-Nov-13 19:29:04

I really liked it.

Didnt see the quad bike cupcake episode though, as the thing I liked was that Topsy was not overtly girly.

i love that they stuck to the original spirit of the books though, living in a normal house, normal furniture etc, and normal things happen

elliejjtiny Wed 13-Nov-13 19:34:18

YANBU. I loved the books as a child. Hate the tv programme. Of course the dc's love it

Aarow Wed 13-Nov-13 19:43:54

I quite liked it. I preferred it to the one where Topsy/Tim were sleeping on the blow up beds, because that was just so boring and left the toddler on practically a cliffhanger, so I was asked about moving house every minute onwards.

blondiep14 Wed 13-Nov-13 19:52:52

Tis rubbish compared to the fabulous books wink!
Kids love it tho. A lot!

Twoandtwohalves Wed 13-Nov-13 19:53:47

Thing is, for those with fond childhood memories, sorry to break it to you but nothing much happens in the books either. Last night I read that Tim got wet feet because he wouldn't wear his wellies and Topsy wandered off in the supermarket. There are is sexism in that there's a very traditional mum at home/dad out at work set up, and eg when there is a baby born next door Topsy is playing with a dolly in a pushchair and Tim has a teddy in a trailer. I am looking forward to joining in with the script for these and many other familiar scenarios

Ruggles Wed 13-Nov-13 20:13:45

My kids love it and I do too. Its one of the few things I've seen on tv which is normal - it's life and probably why they love it so much - it's only started recently and they are begging to watch it after bath time. The quad bike and princess cup cake thing is normal too - 10 minutes in DCs nursery would prove that point.

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