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Monday, October 10, 2005

Underground Ernie - a rosy view of the Tube for kids

Underground Ernie - New BBC children's series - image from room512.comWhere everyone is one big happy family on the London Underground

Thanks to Neil who's just told me about a story in today's Times where the Tube is going to get the Thomas The Tank Engine approach (image from room512's site):

"Children are to get a rose-tinted view of life on the London Underground with a new programme charting the exploits of fast and efficient trains on the London Tube network. Underground Ernie, to be broadcast on the BBC's CBeebies channel, follows the lives of animated trains and their superviser Ernie, who is voiced by Gary Lineker."

"The trains take their names from Tube lines. Hammersmith and City are "fast and furious". Circle is a softly-spoken hippy chick "who never loses her cool". In reality, both lines were severely disrupted yesterday, with 19 stations closed due to planned engineering works.

There is no representation of the Northern Line, nicknamed the Misery Line by commuters. The Waterloo and City Line, nicknamed The Drain, is also unrepresented."

I love the title the Times gave this piece - "Fast and efficient Tube? It's for children, naturally".

Check out Underground Ernie's own website.

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