Something Special is a children’s television programme aimed at children with varying learning abilities. It is simple, fun and informative and each programme focuses on aspects of the children's world about them. Topics covered include pets, toys, weather, clothes, shops, food, all about me, where I live and colours.
As well as being a great source of entertainment for all children it is also designed to help those with delayed learning and communication difficulties. It promotes and teaches children a form of signing supported by Makaton ® gestures. The name of the programme derives from the idea that all children, irrespective of their position on the learning spectrum, are special.
Aired on Cbeebies it is presented by Justin Fletcher and features various other characters (also played by Justin) and clips of disabled children. Justin speaks as well as signing and a spoken narrative is provided over the clips of the children. The characters played by Justin in the Tumble Family are Mr Tumble, Grandpa Tumble and BabyTumble and other members of the Tumble family to have recently made an appearance include two aunts – Polly and Suki (from the popular nursery rhyme Polly Put The Kettle on)
Justin Fletcher Sings Something Special contains lots of well known children’s nursery rhymes plus other children’s favourites sung by Justin. The listener can relate to, sing a long with and make actions to the songs making it a fantastic, fun and entertaining album.
Justin Fletcher is a prolific character in his own right within children’s TV and appears in various other current children’s shows such as Tikkabilla and Higgledy House. He also provides the voice for characters in Tweenies, Boo! Finley The Fire Engine and Toddworld. His work is so highly reputed that 3575 people signed a petition calling on the Prime Minister to give Justin an OBE. It stated:
“Justin Fletcher is a communication genius. He both entertains and educates our children and does this with intelligence and panache without patronising. Programmes like Something Special can only help bridge the gap that sometimes sadly appears between able and not so able bodied people in our society and help banish the unkindness that disabled people sometimes face due to ignorance.”
The public were asked to vote on the Prime Minister’s website, and the petition deadline passed on September 30, 2007.
Something Special won RTS education awards in both 2004 and 2005 and was also nominated for a children’s Bafta award in the Best Live Action Pre-School’ category.
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