Mariya Donetz, Bryanskaya obl., Zhukovka asks:
Can you possibly tell about the most popular TV shows for young people, please.
For children over 7 the most popular programmes would be:
Blue Peter - a show which includes current affairs, interviews with famous people, cookery and craft sections and travel documentary in a light and entertaining style.
Top of the pops – live performances and videos of all the latest popular music.
Smart – Art programme with instructions on different artistic techniques and how to make things.
Pop Idol – Singing competition where one person is selected from thousands by the viewers phoning in to vote each week. This is very popular at the moment and other shows are copying it like Fame Academy and The Rivals which differ only slightly in format.
Cartoons – especially American ones like The Simpson’s (family situation comedy) and Recess (set in an American school).
For Younger viewers there are the following which are said to be in some way educational for pre-school children, except the cartoons which are just for fun.
The Teletubies – people dressed up as cuddly aliens who bounce around in an annoyingly repetitive manner and tell stories from the televisions on their tummies.
The Fimbles – as above but includes a large mole who tells stories.
The Tweenies – dancing, singing, stories and simple making things brightly coloured alien types again.
Cartoons – Like Bob The Builder ( a builder and his machines that talk) and Andy Pandy (a doll that lives with a teddy bear). Captain Scarlet (super hero fighting evil).