So Blue Peter has moved; where does that leave us?

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Well, the same place you were this morning, because no one watches Blue Peter anymore.

It might be sad that a piece of our childhoods has been taken away from us, but it hasn’t really has it. That’s the brilliance of nostalgia. It takes a lot to destroy it. Millions of children grew up watching Blue Peter, and now that they’re (almost) fully functioning adults, those memories will still be there, rattling around between first kisses and first fumbles (not at the same age as watching Blue Peter), so why are you really horrified that Blue Peter has been moved to a digital channel?

Is it because your children won’t be able to watch the TV and learn the middle class way of life? Get over it, they still can, because once everyone is on the other side of the Digital Switchover they can watch it on CBBC. 

Is it because it’s the final nail in the coffin for children’s TV? Well, probably. But that isn’t a problem that’s typified by the Blue Peter move, but is more of a reflection of the poor state of children’s TV. If, like me, you masquerade watching children’s TV with the preface that you’re spending time with young relatives, you’ll see that there’s nothing really suitable for A LOT of kids out there.

There’s lots of good programmes out there; Adventure Time, Peppa Pig, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, are just three, but there’s nothing suitable out there which is more focused on education.

When I was young *cue wibbly wobbly nostalgia lines* there was Why Don’t You, Live and Kicking, Blue Peter, every new holiday there was a new team of grinning teens telling us how great Malta was, or looking at how you can turn a deflated football into something totally fantastic, like a kite, or a meal for five. 

Blue Peter won’t be a loss to a current line up of children’s TV, and it’ll not be removed from wherever your memories are kept. So everyone just take it down a notch will you? 

To make you feel better, here’s Anthea Turner doing the thing she’s most famous for; TRACY ISLAND!

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