She didn’t see fun side of Fun House

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They just don’t make children’s TV like they used to.

I feel old and grumpy saying that out loud and it makes me seem older than my 30 years on this planet, but in my opinion it really is true.

But then again, I bet in the ’90s, when I was sat in front of a blindingly bright coloured set watching Zoe Ball and Jamie Theakston being more enthusiastic than anyone else on the planet on Live and Kicking, my parents were probably thinking back to their younger days when children’s television meant Bagpuss, Thunderbirds and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop.

Take Bagpuss, for example. For 
one generation it is a classic, a nation’s favourite, a great kids’ TV show that evokes countless childhood memories.

For another generation it is slow, boring, out of date and something our parents used to watch when they were younger.

But I’m predicting that when my children have children, they’ll probably look at the current crop of kids’ TV, compare it to those classic shows such as Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom and come to the same conclusion as me – that children’s television isn’t like it used to be.

One thing that will bring back 
old memories in a split second is music.

Every generation has a theme 
tune that as soon as it’s played is swallowed up by their ears and transports them back to that carefree time when the most important decision of the day was whether to go for the rice crispy cake or the flapjack in the paper bag for pudding at school dinnertime.

For me there is one show that reminds me of getting home after a day at school, quickly changing out of my school uniform and parking my bottom on the sofa in front of the television.

It’s the one that had a host with the biggest and best mullet in the world, a set of twins with pom poms that every boy in the country fancied, lots of gunge that was a big part of most children television shows in the ’90s and a show that every child, including me, would have given a year’s pocket money to be on.

I’m talking about Fun House with Pat Sharp, which ran on ITV from 1989 to 1999.

At the weekend while flicking through the TV channels I came across a repeat of Fun House on Challenge TV.

I called my daughter Caitlin in and I was pretty confident that Fun House would entertain her like it did me after school all those years ago.

But just a few minutes in she said ‘dad, can I go and play in my room?’

I was devastated. I think they just don’t make children’s TV like they used to, but my daughter obviously disagrees.