When you’re three, life is certainly dramatic. Young children feel intense joy, disappointment, rage and delight when they are doing even the smallest things; they’re a bit ultra-human this way. The Bing television series authentically mirrors a young child’s experience and celebrates the noisy, joyful, messy reality of pre-school life.
For grown-ups, sharing your life with a Bingster is no less dramatic. Relating to a very young child as he or she quickly grows, learns and develops can be as stressful as it is joyful as you deal with the complex range of new, often challenging, behaviours that occur at this age – all with the added pressure of wanting to make everything ‘perfect’ and to do everything ‘right’. Flop is the grown-up in Bing’s life. Whenever Bing needs him, Flop is there to help guide Bing through the everyday ups and downs of being a pre-schooler. Bing TV celebrates the realities of loving a pre-school child. It acknowledges that sometimes things don’t go according to plan, using the power of story to explore strategies, in a gentle non “teachy-preachy” way, for both children and grown ups when confronting similar situations in their own lives.
Ted Dewan’s hugely popular Bing books introduced us to Bing and Flop, the first two inhabitants of Bing World, with deceptively simple stories celebrating the ups and downs of their everyday lives. Bing was identified as the most promising idea for a new television series by veteran Producer, Mikael Shields, from a pool of over 600 ideas. A lengthy creative adaptation of the original Bing books, by an extraordinarily committed and talented team, courageously backed by the leadership of the BBC’s dedicated CBeebies channel, has resulted in an award-winning television series that is ground-breaking in its truthfulness. It brings to life – in what Team Bing have christened its ‘microdramas’ – the full range of pre-school behaviour in a way that is supportive, positive and non-judgmental for Bingsters and for the grown ups in their lives.