Me Too! (UK TV series)
|This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (May 2012)|
Titlecard used from Series 1 onwards
|Directed by||Andrew Agnew|
Elaine McKenzie Ellis
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||52|
|Producer(s)||Brian Jameson, Helen Doherty|
Newcastle upon Tyne
|Running time||28 minutes|
|Original network||BBC Two (2006)|
|Original release||2006 – 2007|
Me Too! is a live-action television series on BBC Two and CBeebies for preschool children based around the large (fictional) community of Riverseafingal in Scotland. In reality, the programme was filmed in Gourock, Edinburgh, London and Newcastle upon Tyne, with some exterior shots of Manchester Metrolink trams also being used.
The “round school” in the programme is a real school situated in Gourock, called Gourock Primary School. The show premiered on 4 September 2006.
Me Too! was produced by Glasgow based production company Tattiemoon. One of the directors is Andrew Agnew, famous policeman from Balamory, PC Plum. Two of Bobby's helpers cleaning the buses are Stevie Robertson, the husband of Jane Robertson, who also worked on the show, and Jamie Gash.
The series follows six parents and their children, including Rebecca, Jack, Kai and Lisa and a dog called Sampson who are apart during the day as the children go to Granny Murray's and the parents go to work. At various points in the programme the parent will think of their child, and a “think puff” will travel across the city to Granny Murray's. The programme then alternates between what the parents are doing at work and what the children are doing with Granny Murray.
One of the aims behind the series is to reassure children of working parents who go to childminders that their parents are always thinking of them. In addition, children get a view into an adult's working day (simplified and more entertaining than a real work day for children's benefit). Each day's plot hinges on a problem that develops at work and the main character's “race against time” to sort it out.
Granny Murray has always provided a kernel of wisdom during the programme's opening that helps in solving the problem. The programme features much usage of clocks and time, and hence also aims to teach young children to tell the time.
|Granny Murray||Childminder||Jane McCarry|
|Dr Juno||Doctor||Rosemary Amoani|
|Mickey John||School teacher||Donnie Cameron|
|Raymond||Buffet car manager||Matthew McVarish|
|Tina||Taxicab driver||Elaine Mackenzie Ellis|
|Bobby||Bus cleaner||Samantha Seager|
|Nurse Hendry||Nurse||Ross Allan|
|Rudi||Market stall trader||Chris McCausland|
|Chuck||Ferryboat band musician||Joyce Galugbo|
|Louie||Ferryboat band musician||Michelle Rodley|
|Lisa||Tina and Raymond||Lisa Irvine|
|Rebecca||Mickey John||Rebecca Morrow|
- Stevie Robertson (bus cleaner)
- Jamie Gash (bus cleaner)
- Skip Reid (market stall vendor)
Within Riverseafingal, there are many locations:
- Granny Murray's House
- Castle Market
- The Castle
- Harlequin Hospital
- The School
- Riverseafingal Bus Depot
- Taxi Garage
- Train Station
All the music has been composed by Lester Barnes and during the course of each episode, a wide range of songs are played:
- Me Too Theme Song (Played twice, beginning and end)
- Granny Murray's House (Only a short three line song)
- I'm on my Way to Work today (A song the adults sing. Viewers are meant to shout 'left', 'right', 'up', or 'down' when the adults say: "which way do I go?")
- I'm In In In In In A Hurry!! (An alternative song to 'The Way to Work', the adults only sing it if they are in a hurry and do not have time to walk to work. Introduced in the new series)
- I Love My Train (Raymond's main song)
- Bobby Boogie-Woogie (Bobby's main song)
- Big Pink Taxi (Tina's main song)
- The Market (Rudi's main song)
- The School House (Mickey John's main song)
- The Hospital (Doc Juno's main song)
- Clap Your Hands to the Ferryboat Band (Chuck and Louie's main song, sung whenever an adult character travels by the Ferryboat)
- Race Against Time Song (When the main adult character has a task to do in a small amount of time)
- Granny Murray's Song (What Have We Done Today?)
- "What's the story? Balamory makers hop on bus to Capital - News - Scotsman.com". The Scotsman. 14 February 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
- Fulton, Rick (31 August 2006). "GAME FOR KIDS' PLAY - The Daily Record". Daily Record. Retrieved 24 June 2012.