When I had a five-year-old child, people used to tell me to watch The Secret Life of Five Year Olds (Channel 4, 8pm). As a rule, the people saying this were not in possession of any five-year-olds of their own. They were grandparents, or new parents, so they were attracted — we may surmise — by the idealised and edited picture of infant life shown in the programme. When you have a five-year-old, watching a programme about other people’s five-year-olds saying the cutest things is not the best way to spend one of the two hours of adult time you get as the parent of a young dictator in Boden jackboots. Now that said child is eight, things are slightly different. Now my adult free time is reduced to 60 minutes, because the child has discovered something called “family television”. Accepting this premise requires a parent to do many things that were not mentioned in the manual, such as learning to appreciate Simon Cowell, or noticing that the spirit of alternative comedy has been transplanted into Horrible Histories, and that The Amazing World of Gumball is one of the coolest things on TV. (We are so over Peppa Pig). That… Read full this story
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