Show Me Show Me

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Show Me Show Me
GenrePreschool
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Production
Running time25 minutes
Release
Original networkCBeebies
Original release6 July 2009 (2009-07-06) –
30 October 2015 (2015-10-30)

Show Me Show Me is a television show on CBeebies presented by Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee. Aimed at pre-school children, the shows teach and show children and read stories about their toys. It began in 2009. Show Me Show Me is also available on BBC iPlayer.

Characters[edit]

The show features five toys: Mo Mo, Tom, Stuffy, Miss Mouse, and Teddington, each of which appears in their own song as well as in a storybook adventure.

  • Stuffy – A felt cube with orange hair and a pocket at the back
  • Mo Mo – A girl robot with a poseable head and arms
  • Miss Mouse – A knitted mouse with a red dotted headband
  • Tom – A boy rag doll with brown hair
  • Teddington - A teddy bear with a green waistcoat and black bow-tie

In Series 1, a cartoon series produced by TV-Loonland AG called Penelope featuring a blue koala, appeared in episodes, and was later split off on its own show.[1]

In Series 2, another cartoon series called Uki was featured, about an eponymous little yellow character who conveys emotions through laughter and smiles. As with Penelope, this was eventually split off onto its own series.[2]

Format[edit]

The show takes place on the top floor of a tower and each episode begins by climbing the ten-storey tower block lift where a child's voice counts from one to ten. On reaching ten we enter Chris and Pui's play room where a magical world of fun and games is explored.[3]

Each show centres on two items that form the title of the episode (for example "Granddads and Glasses"), each of which is introduced by a child requesting "Show me show me granddads". Darragh and Jenny then explore the items via videos, songs and activities, as well as a piece in which children talk about their experiences with that item.

Shows often feature one of the characters' songs, or a story read by one of the presenters about the exploits of the toys.

Most episodes contain a sequence of a shop. If Chris runs it, Pui comes as different nursery rhyme characters such as the Grand Old Duke of York, Little Bo Peep, Incy Wincy Spider, Little Miss Muffet, Old MacDonald, Granny Humpty and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. If Pui runs it, Chris enters as one of Humpty Dumpty, the Hey Diddle cow, Jack from "Jack and Jill", Pat the Baker, or Wee Willie Winkie.

The format of the show is similar to that of Play School – the BBC programme from the '60s, '70s and '80s.

Episodes[edit]

Series one had 40 episodes beginning with "Faces and Flowers" on 6 July 2009.[4] Series two again had 40 episodes beginning with "Flying and Monkeys" on 6 September 2010.[5] Series three had 25 episodes and began with "Surprises and Peacocks" on 6 June 2011.[6] Series four has 25 episodes and began with "Tomatoes and Squeezy Things" on 4 March 2013.</ref>"Episodes from Show Me Show Me: Series 4". BBC.</ref> Series five has 26 episodes and began with "Robots and Colanders" on 28 October 2013.</ref>"Episodes from Show Me Show Me: Series 5". BBC.</ref> Series six has 20 episodes and began with "Chairs and Harps" on 5 October 2015.</ref>"Episodes from Show Me Show Me: Series 6". BBC.</ref>


Episodes from all three series have been repeated frequently, and have also been shown on both BBC One and BBC Two.

Reception[edit]

The show has been generally well received with it receiving 3 to 4 stars from reviewers on the CBeebies website.

Controversy[edit]

On 7 September 2016, cast member Chris Jarvis was alleged to have used profanity during a song about kites, sparking outrage among parents and resulting in the CBeebies Facebook page releasing a statement saying "It's kite everyone, kite! We make shows for your little ones so it's always going to be kite."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Penelope Archived 30 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine – CBeebies
  2. ^ Uki Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine – CBeebies
  3. ^ Show Me Show Me[permanent dead link] – CBeebies
  4. ^ "Episodes from Show Me Show Me: Series 1". BBC.
  5. ^ "Episodes from Show Me Show Me: Series 2". BBC.
  6. ^ "Episodes from Show Me Show Me: Series 3". BBC.
  7. ^ Metro.co.uk, Katie Baillie for (8 September 2016). "Did CBeebies' Chris Jarvis just drop the C-word?". Metro. Retrieved 8 September 2016.

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