Owning a home for yourself and your family can seem like a faraway dream for many. Saving for a mortgage and house deposit takes a lot of financial dedication. Even after saving for years, you can often feel like you’re only making a small dent in the amount you need. […]

5 Essential Tactics to Help Save for Your First Family ...


The Furchester Hotel will return to CBeebies, featuring a guest appearance from Big Bird. The show, jointly produced by CBeebies and Sesame Workshop, is aimed at 3-6 year-olds and follows the lives of a “close-knit family of cheerfully chaotic monsters”. The Furchester family, who run the hotel, are joined by […]

Furchester Hotel returns to CBeebies


BBC Autumnwatch producers are seeking “on the hop” photos of animals from CBBC viewers. “Get outdoors, find a great autumn spot and ask someone to take a photo of you jumping in the air, or just enjoying the season.” Special Autumnwatch galleries will be created on the CBBC website and […]

BBC Autumnwatch inviting kids to send “on the hop” animal ...



Parents can lose the feelings of guilt the next time their kids turn their noses up at the food prepared for them. That said, parents may ultimately be responsible – through no fault of their own – thanks to their genes. New research from University College London suggests it is […]

Fussy-eaters not the fault of parents, but don’t cheer just ...



I’m coming straight out from the start and declaring that I loathe Halloween. As far as I’m concerned, everything about it is bad. At best, it’s another tacky commercial venture, grossly Americanised, piggybacking on several genuine festivals from ancient cultures. At worst, it encourages antisocial behaviour, is potentially dangerous — […]

The school Halloween fundraiser: so many wrong things in one ...



My eldest daughter’s junior school has taken it upon themselves to use daily assembly to tell every pupil about the “creepy clown” craze which seems to have hit British shores over the past few days. I’m pretty cross about this, and judging by a recent Facebook conversation I’ve observed, I’m […]

Creepy clowns: headteacher decides to tell entire junior school


Are you and your family struggling to use the Internet because it seems to be running slowly? Do the problems only seem to occur intermittently? Has the broadband worked fine and reliably in the past, and you are sure nothing has changed, yet all your devices are struggling to stay […]

Tech Tip: Windows 10 is making my broadband Internet slow


November will see The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, transformed as it hosts a modern adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”, starring a host of CBeebies favourites. Three performances will feature stars including Justin Fletcher, Cat Sandion and Ben Faulks, together with junior members of The Sheffield People’s Theatre. This modern take on […]

The Nutcracker is this year’s CBeebies Christmas show



I feel a bit sorry for Jamie Oliver. As far as I’m concerned he’s a great chef and has some really good social ideas, such as improving school meals or giving unemployed youth a chance to get into the catering industry. However, he seems to have the “Marmite effect” on […]

Avoid Jamie Oliver’s Paella-gate and just call family food what ...



Dangermouse Snowman Cometh
It’s Christmas! And Danger Mouse (Alexander Armstrong) and Penfold (Kevin Eldon) are tasked with protecting Santa Claus from the villainous clutches of the festive season destroying Snowman. Embarrassingly inept villain The Snowman is fed up with being humiliatingly defeated by Danger Mouse, and decides to get revenge by kidnapping Santa […]

Danger Mouse – Snowman Cometh [CBBC Christmas 2015]