The build-up started in earnest about a week and a half ago in our house. You know the way it goes – the seemingly constant TV ads about it; the mentioning of toys every time we go within a 3 mile radius of a shop; the asking at least 15 times a day of “Mummy, how many more sleeps now?”
“Yeah”, I hear you reply. “The countdown to Christmas is a nightmare in our house too”.
But oh, no no no no. I’m not talking about Christmas here. Christmas is a mere dust particle on a duvet cover in terms of anticipation levels in our house. Christmas happens every year, without fail… but this event… it’s rarer than rare.
Since it was first mentioned by Gammon, the past week has dragged on like the sign for a Welsh railway station. But thank goodness… the big day is finally upon us. It’s the day that new episodes of The Octonauts are shown on CBeebies!!! Yeah!!!
I’m not sure who is more excited by these happenings – Gammon or me? Gammon is pretty pants-wrigglingly-hyped, but to say I’m ecstatic to have a whole new range of sea creatures episode options to put on, is a massive understatement. I’ve watched the “Octonauts and the Giant Spider Crab” episode SO many times that I think I can repeat it word for word. How sad is that?
It’s a bit like how you listen to a mix tape so often that you know exactly which song is coming up next before it plays – I think I know the CBeebies show that is coming up next after every Octonauts episode that we’ve recorded on our V+ TiVo box.
In fact, when TiVo tells me that we’ve used 89% of our memory, it’s not new episodes of “Homeland”, “Wilfred” or “New Girl” that are saturating the poor little robot’s head-space – it’s bloody Octonauts and its 52 episode permutations.
So, the big day has come and gone. And what was Gammon’s reaction? Well, he watched it live and relayed back to me all that had happened in it. Then he asked to watch it again, relaying some new facts to me at the end. And then he started pleading with me to put the rest of the new series on while I (somewhat) calmly explained to him that we had to wait for a whole 24 hours until another episode is broadcast live (“what do you mean ‘live’ Mummy?” – it’s TiVo’s fault really, all this instant TV at our fingertips). And then what did he do?
He asked to watch “Octonauts and the Giant Spider Crab” again, of course.
Oh well. I guess to kids, familiarity doesn’t breed contempt.
And I’m not too bothered either – Captain Barnacles does have quite a saucy accent, don’t you think? Who would have imagined a polar bear could be so sexy?
Now, where’s that remote control got to?