Letter: TV nation needs therapy

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your report on the popular BBC children's TV programme, Teletubbies, has left me outraged ("Teletubbies to get grown-up help with their baby talk", 25 August). My four-year-old granddaughter, who lives abroad, recently spent a two-week holiday with us and the highlight of the day was watching together the delightful and refreshing Teletubbies show.

As an educator and one time children's teacher myself, I find the programme to be one of the most entertaining and well produced children's TV shows that I have seen for a long time. I find the criticism handed down by the self-appointed so-called educational "experts" to be utterly ridiculous. It is ludicrous to imagine that any normal child's language development could be impaired by hearing the baby-talk of a Teletubby (any more than listening to the baby-talk of younger siblings).

The BBC would be well advised to ignore these spurious criticisms which I am sure are unrepresent- ative of the majority of British parents and to leave the programme in its present charming form.

DENISE BARDAN

Cambridge

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