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Furious parents have blasted the BBC’s new children’s series Topsy and Tim, branding it 'flabbergastingly sexist'. The new version of Topsy and Tim, which hit screens earlier this month on CBeebies, was supposed to have been updated for the 21st century. Mumsnet user, who calls. CBeebies remake of Topsy and Tim has disappointed parents, some such as learning to ride bikes, getting their first pet and starting school. Topsy and Tim is a series of children's books written by Jean Adamson and Gareth Adamson about twins and their adventures. They were first published in and were relaunched in new editions in . Topsy and Tim First School Stories; Topsy and Tim Start School; Topsy and Tim Meet the Ambulance Crew; Topsy and.
Topsy and Tim were not themselves originally based on specific children. However, the majority of the different scenarios are inspired by observing real children in the relevant situations. Many of the scenarios were also based on my own fond memories of me and my brother Derrick when we were small children. The main characters other then Topsy and Tim themselves are practically all based on people Gareth and I knew or met, e. Do you think the stories are still relevant to today's children?
Young children have not changed significantly over the past 50 years and the way in which the books were originally devised is still appealing to young children who need to learn about real events in life that they are experiencing for the first time. The ideas for new stories never run out as children are always doing new things.
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Did you have any idea how popular your books would be 50 years on? I didn't, but I suspect Gareth did. He was rather astute! The first stories, simple domestic adventures, were an instant success.
To extend the series Topsy and Tim began to undertake new experiences. They visited hospital, doctor and dentist, went swimming, riding and sailing, and eventually graduated from playgroup to primary school. These experiences are still being undertaken for the first time everyday by young children everywhere.
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All settings and situations with the help of our own and our friends' small children, followed by small grandchildren were, and still are, thoroughly researched so that parents and children can rely on their accuracy. What do you think makes the books so popular? The stories were designed to be short and easy to read at bedtime, but with neatly constructed plots. There would be one paragraph per page and the illustrations would be bright and simple.
Although the illustrative style of the books has changed over the years, these main design elements remain and are still just as appealing to children. The stories are aimed directly at children, not parents or guardians. Also, they start to encounter some more difficult issues in this series: Later on, Tim realises that his eyesight is not as strong as it used to be and he has to have his eyes tested. Has it been a different experience filming the new series now that the cast and crew have already worked together?
Filming the new series has been a pleasure. A family has been reunited — not just on screen but off screen too; the family of the cast and crew. We learnt a lot from shooting the previous series — it made shooting the new one very smooth.
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For series 3, we have filmed predominantly on location rather than in the confines of a studio. This is because Topsy and Tim are exploring the world outside of home and undergoing new experiences and interacting with new people. We were lucky; the weather was kind. We filmed some night shoots too - on a farm in the countryside, which was exciting for the young cast who stayed up quite late! When we were recording in studio, there was still cause for excitement as Hugh Grant, Meryl Streep and Simon Helberg were filming in the studio next door.
Jocelyn was star struck and thrilled to say hello to Simon before walking on set for her own scene. The children in the cast are a bit older this time around too, has that made a difference? Their performances in the new series are phenomenal, especially when the scripted material is more challenging.
There is lots of emotion in the stories, and they convey it brilliantly.
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Jocelyn and Josh Topsy and Tim have also been able to handle longer scenes and have coped with learning more lines. Now that they are older, we have been able to film with them for longer each day and that really helped our schedule. Previously the children received stars for learning their lines well or giving a particularly outstanding performance. Reaching 10 stars was rewarded with a small prize. Even Mossy the dog got stars! This series, the children needed no incentive.
They knew their lines, arrived prepared and acted their socks off! How have Josh and Jocelyn found life since Topsy and Tim first hit CBeebies — do they find themselves being recognised? Since filming the last series, Josh and Jocelyn have been busy.