It's not really that simple is it? For example, we currently have a problem in that we go with the recommendations of the film censors. Frankly though, a recent film that involved kidnapping and torturing parents, blowing up cities and ethnic cleansing of all superheros (I'm talking primary-coloured building blocks films, non-parents) that was given a U certificate had me wondering whether we could go with their advice at all. Harry Potter is a popular game at school, but we are all quite happy with the 'Explore, Rescue and Protect' ethos of Octonauts at the moment. I've learned some fascinating things about marine life in the process and don't mind at all the anthropomorphism if it encourages young 'uns to look after the planet. I love the fact that the swordfish all have French accents and the whales all sound like they are from Abergavenny. I haven't heard any Black Country accents on the show yet. What sea creature would do justice to such an inland linguistic landscape? Flamingoes possibly? I'll always remember seeing them for the first time with my Nan at Dudley zoo. Riverine creatures so far in the show have been limited to those from the Amazon. I'm sure there are some South African accents, but I find it hard to hear them as different these days, after six years of being married to Mr Reeves, unless it's proper Pretoria/ Afrikaans. His parents were from Birmingham, so his mum has an interesting blended Zimbabwe/ Brum accent.
The Scottish Octonaut is a sea otter called Sherington and is a marine biologist. I like this because I lived next door to Gatty Marine Laboratory on East Sands at St Andrews for a year or two and had the time of my life, studying biology there under the eye of Dr John Somerville and colleagues. It was there I learned never to blow across a flaming dish of alcohol for example. His Italian PhD student did this and lost his eyebrows, but it was a memorable demonstration. John is one of Scotland's finest and played a great part in me getting my First class degree. St Andrews took me in when I had made an abysmal attempt at studying Physics, with a laconic, "OK, we'll have you, but you have to wait a year." St Andrews and the Scottish education system helped me go from being a certain Third class (or worse) to a First in four years. I would have been very upset today if they had gone their separate ways. I wouldn't have blamed them and I'm sure they would have been fine, but maybe my little biologist would like to 'Explore, rescue and protect' sea life one day, starting at the Gatty.