Finding a kids programme that you actually like watching has got to be up there on the Parent score list hasn’t it? Well, parents of the UK can rejoice, as CBeebies has a new programme on the horizon that I know you are all going to love. How do I know this? Because a while ago I was sent on a top secret project to see behind the scenes of the film set, speak to the director and meet the cast of Waffle The Wonder Dog.
Waffle The Wonder Dog isn’t like any kids programme that has been before. It’s a pioneering new comedy drama series for children aged 4 – 7 and their families. When the Brooklyn-Bells start living together as a newly blended family, they don’t expect to take on a pet too – until that is, they find an adorable, little, lost puppy hiding in their house… Watch as Waffle woofs and wags his way into the family’s hearts with comedy, chaos and huge slobbery doggy kisses of cuteness.
Some of the things I love about this programme are that is that it is based on a blended family. Being part of one ourselves it’s nice to see them being represented in mainstream media for kids. The idea that children as young as 4 understand comedy and not only that, can follow a narrative on a journey throughout the programmes. And that the fact that Waffle The Wonder Dog is created for children and their families to watch and enjoy together.
I don’t want to give too much away but there will be 30 episodes of heart-warming stories, underpinned by real-life and because Waffle is no ordinary pup, he has many a surprising twist in his tail. A comedy with a cute dog in, what’s not to love? And for the cat lovers out there you won’t miss out either!
The set was pretty amazing, especially the attention to detail. The toys lying around and the photographs made it look and feel like a real house.
It was interesting seeing behind the scenes of the filming and just how long it can take to shoot one scene. I also got to meet the cast and ask them a couple of questions.
Whilst having a little chat with the cast I found out that;
Doug loves animals and Evie has a Shih Tzu at home called Rosie.
That the best thing about filming is the free food and they get to have fun all day. Although Doug didn’t like filming a particular scene where Simon (his Dad) splashes him with a bucket of cold paint, but Simon said that was his favourite scene.
Doug has an older sister who is also on TV and a younger brother and Evie is one of 7!
Simon has a little boy at home and says it helps to bring some realism to filming and dealing with kids behind the scenes.
Jess says it’s said never to work with animals or children but she disagrees and says together it’s a great mix and has made it more fun. Although Simon says you definitely couldn’t do it if you didn’t like dogs, or children.
There were a variety of dogs used to film Waffle and Bella the smallest is everyones firm favourite!
Waffle The Wonder Dog will be airing tonight – Monday 26th January at 5:20 – I can’t wait to watch it as a family.