In The Night Garden, BBC2

by | Mar 19, 2007 | All, Reviews

Binty McMusk, child psychopsychoanaylst for For All Our Futures explains how In The Night Garden is just another attempt by the Trotskyite BBC to indoctrinate all our children to the communist ideals that can only lead to the continued corrosion of our already blighted society.

Igglepiggle – The central character, a figurehead for children across the nation, the protagonist if you will whose supposedly innocent dreams are the basis for this children’s show. Notice first his blue colour, which is no doubt a reference to the familiar colour of zombies, which is what we are evidently meant to think that all our children are until they are exposed to the iniquitous influence of the Night Garden. Also, half his brain seems to hang limply from the side of his head to emphasise his susceptibility to suggestion.

Upsy Daisy – She is Igglepiggle’s best friend but refuses to allow anybody to sleep in her bed, which follows her around the garden. With her multi-coloured, heavily coffered hair, she is obviously a totem for consumerism, which is portrayed here as an affliction that blights every moment of our waking lives. She is never far away from the bed as this means she is never far from being able to indulge in the sin of sloth – which the Stalin-loving BBC have inextricably linked with Upsy Daisy’s rampant consumerism.

The Pontypines – Perhaps the most insidious and heinous example of the BBC’s desire to change the national anthem to the Red Flag. The ‘father’ has a moustache stolen from the bristly chops of Uncle Joe Stalin himself, while they dress in all red clothes. The BBC may just as well have broadcast the tanks rolling through Red Square in ostentatious grandeur, saluted by political genocidists Comrade Stalin and Comrade Thompson.

The Wallingers, who live next door to the Pontypines but they never mix – presumably to preserve the ideological and biological purity, implying that incest among the eight children is preferable to pollution by the ideologically unclean – and the narrative viewpoint is always that of the Pontypines, never the Wallingers.

This is important as children are encouraged to see the Communist perspective as the correct way. The Wallingers are there a delectable temptation, a sugary treat, but the Pontypines – like all good Communists – are never tempted to betray their red ideals. What’s more the Wallingers have a Germanic name to hint at Nazism, while they dress exclusively in blue, the traditional colour of German soldiers in toys – both efforts to associate anything non-Communist with an exaggerated and poisonous impression.

It was also noticeable how the Pontypines reacted with horror when Igglepiggle climbed into Upsy Daisy’s bed – a sure sign that he was succumbing to the supposed evils of capitalism (see above), with viewers dogmatically coerced into empathising with the Pontypines’ horror.

Pinky Ponk – A mechanical beast that bears more than a passing resemblance to a German Zeppelin, so symbolic of Germany that the BBC can deceive innocent viewers into associating it with the later rise of Nazism. Any of the inhabitants who board Pinky Ponk do nothing more than indulge in the greedy devouring of Ponky juice, something they each do with such relish that it is obviously a fattening, sugary treat – an example of another of the Seven Deadly Sins in gluttony. The Ponky juice is so addictive that Tombliboo Ooo is corrupted by it and ravenously devours his friends’ portions – again demonstrating how consumerism corrupts.

Makka Pakka – The Witchfinder General of the Night Garden, purifying and cleansing everything and everyone in the garden with his cleaning utensils to make sure nothing is tainted by interloping influences. He may seem harmless with his incessant call of “Makka Pakka”, but to ears familiar with the dissemination of the communist credo he may as well be making the sound of a jackboot kicking down a door in the dead of night.

Haahoos – These huge inflatable, friendly faces are merely a way to indoctrinate children into the benevolence of being constantly spied on. Each time a child when growing up sees a face observing their every move they will regard them as a benign mentor, not the tyrannical eyes of a communist champion slowly erasing their ability to freely endorse something other than an oppressive egalitarianism.

Tombliboos – These three almost-identical characters demonstrate to children the joys of everyone being the same; for whenever one of them acts on their own using their own independent thoughts, it always ends in upset ramming home the message to the impressionable minds watching that individuality is ‘bad’ and conformism to the norm is the perfect way to live a life.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


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