BBC hits back at 'Rastamouse' complaints
Published Feb 21 2011, 12:05 GMT | By Ryan Love
The BBC has hit back at criticism of its new children's programme Rastamouse
The series, which sees Reggie Yates
voice the title character, has attracted complaints from viewers who believe that "that the use of non-standard English grammar in the programme sets a bad example to young children".
"CBeebies is very proud to be transmitting Rastamouse
, which is a colourful new animation series about a crime-fighting mouse based on an acclaimed series of books by Michael De Souza and Genevieve Webster," an official response from the broadcaster stated. "The Rastamouse
books are written in Afro-Caribbean Patois rhyme and this authentic voice has been transferred to the TV series to retain its heart, integrity and distinctive quality.
"CBeebies is dedicated to reflecting the lives of all children in this country and Rastamouse
will have a particular appeal to Afro-Caribbean children - an under-represented part of our audience."
One complaint centred on the programme presenting a "bastardised" version of the English language.
The BBC added: "However, the series is highly enjoyable and inclusive and its compelling stories, great music and positive messages are there to be enjoyed by all our viewers."