There’s nothing better than some good family viewing that’s safe for all ages to enjoy. Here’s a look at the top ten shows that families like settle down on the sofa for, according to a Dalepak Family Living Report of 2,000 parents:
1. The X Factor
2. Britain’s Got Talent
3. Come Dine With Me
4. Top Gear
5. The News
7. Coronation Street
8. Dancing on Ice
9. Strictly Come Dancing
The best thing about family TV in 2013 is that it’s not restricted to a strict time-slot any longer – gone are the days when, if you get home from work early and there’s nothing on for you and the kids, you have to wait around. With a TV service provider that incorporates an on demand service, like BT TV Packages for instance, you get access thousands of shows at a time that suits you. Family time is any time! But just what is it that makes for fun family viewing in the 21st Century?
Family viewing will always include, somewhere, the following three things: cars, cooking and news. Maybe the latter isn’t as exciting but it just goes to show that some things will always capture the attention of the whole family.
We’ve had Masterchef, The Great British Bake Off and Britain’s Best Dish doing the rounds for foodies over the years but the ever-varied, hilarious and sometimes ridiculous Come Done With Me takes the number two spot in this list.
Top Gear will always be the definitive show for car enthusiasts but the three rogues presenting make sure that there are enough laughs to keep everybody interested.
Just as prevalent are soaps, like Coronation Street, which has been providing regular entertainment for all the family since 1960.
The talent competition
It’s no shock to see that today’s family viewing is all about the talent show. The excitement, glamour and make-it or break-it nature of these live programmes make them something that everybody feels involved in, because everybody has an opinion – who should have won last week? Who shouldn’t have been dropped? And don’t forget about the truly awful – those terrible singers and shameful dance acts make cringe-worthy but oh-so satisfying viewing.
With plenty to choose from and new shows like The Voice becoming as popular as ever, reality talent shows are here to stay for family TV.
We were given the opportunity at The Ana Mum Diary, to review the Teen Beach Movie soundtrack before the movie came out. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to welcome Miss N my eldest daughter (aged 10) to guest post on the blog, with what she thinks.
Time for a Miss N takeover!
Today I’m going to be doing a review of the new Teen Beach Movie soundtrack. I’ll start by saying I thoroughly enjoyed the Teen Beach Movie premier on Friday (19th July) I’ve already watched it again, and will be watching it even more throughout the summer holiday’s.
All the songs in the album were great, and I definitely have them all stuck in my head, they are so catchy! All the songs in the album made me want to get up and dance, as they were all so up beat. The film starts in the modern day world, until Brady and Mack surf a strangely big wave and are transported into an old movie. That explains why most of the songs are quite retro and 50′s sounding, and make you want to do the Jitterbug!
I’m going to write about some of my favourite songs.
The first one is ‘Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ This one really got me exited. I was watching it with a friend and we straight away got up and danced around. It’s really upbeat and exiting and is a must have song for the summer.
Another one of my favourites is ‘Can’t Stop Singing’. Because Brady and Mack have been in the movie so long they suddenly start singing everything, as the characters in the movie do. Brady loves it, and tries to enjoy all the singing and dancing but all Mack wants is for it to stop so she can get home. This song is really one to sing along to and has a really nice melody and I like the different selection of melodies put into the one song.
This soundtrack is just full of must have summer songs and is definitely worth every penny you pay. Each of the songs has originality and vibe and I will definitely be using this soundtrack at my birthday party in the summer! Surprisingly, it’s good for all ages. In fact, I did a little test on some of my family members on what they thought on the album.
First up is Miss A(4) who has always loved Disney Movies, and is extremely exited about talking about it on the blog. Miss A’s favourite song is ‘Can’t Stop Singing’ She likes the choreography (dance moves) in it. Her favourite characters are Mack, Brady and Giggles. She likes singing to the album and coming up with dance moves to the different songs.
Next up is Amanda (my mum). She thought the songs(and the whole movie) reminded her of a mix between Greece and West Side Story. Her favourite song was ‘Falling For Ya’ (also one of my favourites’. In fact, some of the songs made her get up and do the Charleston. #embarrassingmum
And finally, ME! The songs in this movie get me really exited, and are a great selection of songs. They all contain originality and all make me smile. I really don’t have a favourite, they all are incredible songs with lots of personality.
Thank you for reading and check this space and my blog ‘Me and The Big World‘ for more posts over the holidays!
Miss N xox
Because we certainly are!
Friday saw the UK premier to Disney’s Teen Beach Movie, on the Disney channel, we along with an amazing 8.4 million other viewers sat down to enjoy the new original Disney TV movie. It was a huge hit, the songs, the dancing, and the great story line are perfect for summer. I love that I can really trust Disney, and it is guaranteed to be a wholesome and universally suitable for children. It has put us completely in the mood for the summer break.
We had been very kindly sent some goodies to enjoy the show, as seen above being modelled by Miss A and N. You can purchase the drinks cups and towel from the UK Disney store, priced at £15 and £5, they would make a great present. I may have to swipe a pair of the sunglasses though, they are very cool!
Here is the plot to the movie :
Teen Beach Movie stars Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally) as Brady, and Disney Channel newcomer Maia Mitchell as McKenzie. These teen surfing sweethearts ride the last wave of summer together, one that mysteriously takes them into a classic beach party movie, Wet Side Story. There it’s surfers versus bikers for control of the beach hangout… and everyone spontaneously breaks into song and dance! Now Brady and McKenzie must try to return to present day, but their lives may be changed forever when they inadvertently alter the movie’s romantic storyline – as the handsome leading man, surfer Tanner, is falling for McKenzie while biker girl Lela is swooning for Brady. What will happen and will they ever make it back to their real lives?
Miss A (4) loved it, she didn’t really follow the back in time story line, but that was fine, as she was completely engaged with the singing and dancing. We have already watched it again, and she has even picked up a few of the moves!
Miss N (10) raved that the story line was great, as well as the songs. She was impressed that it had some of the characters from her favourite shows in. She thought the music was catchy, the outfits very cool and Ross Lynch singing and dancing in the – Cruisin’ For a Bruisin number, EPIC!
We were also sent a signed photo of Ross…how cool is that?
So overall, we would give this original Disney Movie at score of 10/10, it was just brilliant, even as an adult I loved the feel good factor that this movie gives you, its really an entertaining children’s summer movie.
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You may remember that I was challenged recently, to do a room makeover on a budget. I choose do buy some things for my outside area, and I was really chuffed with the impact I made with £50.
Well today, I am writing about a Big Summer Night In, thanks to a £50 budget from Money Supermarket. Lets face it, its beautiful weather in the UK at the moment, so I seemed a shame to waste it by spending all the time inside, so we started off our evening yesterday with a picnic outside. I bought a bottle of wine and some nibbles, and we enjoying the balmy evening, reminiscing about past holidays and places we would like to visit in the future. The girls paddling pool was still out so we dipped our toes in the cool water. After a while it became too chilly, and those pesky gnats I think they are, or maybe mosquitoes, were flying around ready to take a nibble. So we decided to go back inside.
I knew I wanted to watch a DVD of some kind with Tall Dad for the big night in, we both love films but it had taken my so long to decide which one to go for. Its Tall Dad’s birthday on Monday so I was a little more inclined to buy something that I knew he would love. So I bought from Amazon the complete series of Star Wars on blu-ray. Trust me if you haven’t seen Tall Dads Chewbacca impression, you are really missing a treat. So we ended the evening, with the TV set up in the conservatory with some old-fashioned sweets (really the best kind) and the first of the movies.
I went completely over budget, the bluray’s alone were over £50, but with over 40 hours of special effects, I think they really are a bargain!
The Ana Mum Diary – Big Night In Tips.
1. Save money by using what you have. If its cold outside why not cosy up by the fire, or like we did in summer take advantage of the warm weather.
2. Go retro. We loved both talking and watching something that was from our past…so many lovely memories. I’d forgotten how
fine Harrison Ford good a movie Star Wars is.
3. You don’t have to have an evening for two, invite a bunch of friends along, maybe dress up, everyone bringing a bottle, or a dish of food. Oh darnit, I could have dressed like Princess Leia…maybe next time!
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Here are a few more Big Night In’s to enjoy Mammasarus, Family Night In
Rock and Roll Mum who enjoyed a fake Glasto big night in.
Becky from Baby Budgeting BIG and little night in.