One of my favourite memories as a kid was Saturday morning and most especially children’s television. Me and my brother and sister would venture downstairs, turn on the TV set and decide upon our programme of choice. Later it would become things like Saturday Superstore and Going Live! But, in the early days it was the Banana Splits and the very memorable Sesame Street.
When I first started to watch it, Elmo wasn’t really a feature but Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, the Cookie Monster, the Count, Bert and Ernie and the mysterious Mr Snuffleupagus were. I can also remember Kermit the Frog making a regular guest appearance as a TV reporter!
Bert and Ernie were a favourite of mine and my sisters and I can remember a time when we would copy their voices and pretend to be them! My brother would regularly mimic the Cookie Monster – although I am certain that it was just an excuse to stuff biscuits into his mouth much quicker. We would also do impressions of the Count and for years later, if anyone said a number, I can recall that we would copy the number and then do the ‘ha ha ha’ of the Count afterwards!
Well now, the beloved, multiple award-winning Sesame Street is making a return to our screens in the UK on 7th November at 4pm. Being shown on the preschool channel, Cartoonito, it will once again be aiming to help our children grow smarter, stronger and kinder through the familiar pre-school themes that it once had.
There are also some exciting new changes to be found too including new opening and closing songs, an updated segment with Cookie Monster and a new young cast member by the name of Nina to help contribute to the very happy programme that we all know and love.
You can take a look at the brand new series trailer here:
The new series once again features celebrities too! These appearances include Alan Cumming as ‘Mucko Polo’, the grouch explorer, Ne-Yo singing ‘You’ve Got a Body, So Move It!’ and Nick Jonas singing ‘Check that Shape’.
I for one just can’t wait and I am so pleased that a new generation – including, hopefully, our own little one (everything crossed!) – will grow up benefitting from this fun, educational and colourful show.
If you aren’t familiar with Sesame Street, let me leave you with some of their facts and figures (and don’t forget to check out the show!):
- Why the name Sesame Street? After a long search for a catchy name, one of the show’s writers suggested “Sesame Street.” The word “sesame,” an allusion to the fabled command from The Arabian Nights, “Open, Sesame!,” suggested excitement and adventure. Since the show was set in an urban street scene, “Sesame Street” seemed an ideal combination.
- Sesame Street is the longest running children’s show and has won nine Grammy Awards, 159 Emmys to date and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award – the most for any television show in history.
- There have been over 500 celebrity visitors to Sesame Street including David Beckham, Ricky Gervais, The Simpsons, Nina Simone, Michael Jackson, Superman, Prince, Lady Gaga, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Katy Perry.
- All of the Sesame Street Muppets™ have four fingers, except Cookie Monster, who has five.
- Although Big Bird is a curious 6-year old and Oscar is a Grouch, the two are identical on the inside. At age 80, Carroll Spinney has been both characters since 1969.
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