I don't think I'd appreciated quite how much British kids' TV makes use of 'grown-up' actors and artists - we were watching some Sarah and Duck and I had to look up where I recognised the narrator from: he was an MP in The Thick of It.
And Bernard Cribbins still appears on a programme on Cbeebies, he's in his 90s and appeared on kids tv when we were kids. Still as good as ever
Alexander Armstrong and Lorraine Kelly both narrate cartoons too.
Also the music in Catie's Amazing Machines sounds so much like it's in the style of The Darkness is because it *is* by The Darkness.
That's a odd programme....
It's basically Toddler Top Gear presented by a very over enthusiastic, young, female rally driver. The whole thing is just her showing us a vehicle, then driving the vehicle while going 'woooowwww this is amazing'
It does seem like they planned it as 'one for the dads' but she's very very annoying (and looks about 16)
Apart from Catie's Amazing Machines, kids tv is so much better than when I was my kids age. Ed had Playschool and a 10 minute See Saw programme and then ITVs equivalent. Cbeebies is fantastic, its a golden age for kids tv
We still watch linear kids tv. My eldest is 4 and tends to use a tablet to watch stuff, mainly YouTube Kids. Which isn't as bad as it sounds as he seems to watch lots of stuff about colours and letters and numbers, of his own accord. But we'll still have Cbeebies on for him and his younger sibling partially as a background but also it's just easier.
Ours went through a phase where he would only watch his favourite programme, which we had recorded on series link onto our PVR and that's so annoying. Every programme is no longer than 19 minutes so you're constantly having to play the next. We got him out of that luckily