The Tiger who came to Tea

What does the future hold for children's TV?

The Tiger Who Came to Tea (credit: Channel 4)

Children are the canaries in the mine, picking things up first,” obser­ved Greg Childs, director of the Children’s Media Foundation, as he introduced an RTS debate on how children’s TV and content movers and shakers are adapting to the fact that young people have migrated online.

An optimistic tone was established from the start by Alice Webb, the outgoing head of BBC Children’s and ­Education, who asserted: “Yes, the kids are absolutely fine. They have more choice than they ever had. They are exercising choice and are after things that interest them.

TV Picks: Christmas Eve

The Tiger Who Came to Tea (credit: Channel 4)

Martin’s Close

BBC Four, 10pm


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Hark back to the Victorian tradition of ghost storytelling on Christmas Eve with this spooky adaptation of MR James’ 1911 short story, Martin’s Close.

Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) adapts this terrifying tale, which follows the murder trial of the well-to do young man John Martin, played by Wilf Scolding (Game of Thrones), in 1684.