What will the next prime Minister be reading over the summer? The new Ian McEwan? AL Kennedy’s latest? Some Pinter poetry? Rereading his Proust? Maybe some Orwell? Nah. Harry bloody Potter.
“The spokesperson for children’s rights in Poland, Ewa Sowinska, singled out Tinky Winky, the purple character with a triangular aerial on his head.
“I noticed he was carrying a woman’s handbag,” she told a magazine. “At first, I didn’t realise he was a boy.” “
I dind’t realise that American evangelicals were reincaranted so quickly.
On this matter, readers are referred to Mark Lawson’s excellent BBC4 interview with the brains behind Ragdoll Productions, Mark Lawson meets the Teletubbies. It’s bound to be repeated a dozen times in the next week or so. Also, try to catch Children’s television on trial which last night had Oliver Postgate’s views on german educational pscychologists and their freudian analysis of Pogle’s Wood.
And the Dutch have pushed gameshows further than they’ve gone before with Big Donor (free registration needed) where contestants compete for a dying woman’s kidneys. The report indicates that the Dutch are moving away from reality television with Spuiten en Slikken (I’ll leave it to your imagination) receiving particular condemnation.