By Richard Porter
"I was once best Gear's script editor for thirteen years and all 22 sequence. I essentially used to examine spelling and contemplate silly gags concerning the Stig. I additionally bought to hang out with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James could. It didn't believe like whatever you want to receives a commission for.
From the disastrous pilot convey of 2002 to the unexpected and unforeseen finishing in 2015, engaged on most sensible equipment used to be particularly a rollercoaster journey. We crossed continents, we made area ships, we bobbed around the world's busiest transport lane in a pick-up truck. We additionally acquired chased by means of an offended mob, many times sparked fury in newspapers, and nearly killed one among our presenters.
I realised that I had various tales to inform from backstage at the express. I remembered whose daft suggestion it used to be to get a puppy. I recalled the willfully silly manner within which we adorned our terrible place of work. I had a surprising flashback to the time a Bolivian drug lord threatened to kill us.
I determined I may still write down a few of these tales. So i've got. i'm hoping you love them."
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Many pre-school children I met had not seen a vegetable or flower garden, a train, a cow, a market or the inside of any building larger than a supermarket. Do children speak as they look? Do they extend their vocabularies? This is the time when children can discover the delights of spoken language, and with help they can then go on making discoveries. I have seen a couple of boys who would never have passed the eleven-plus had they agreed to sit for it singing In dulcijubilo, all three verses, with gusto and delight for the grand sound of the words.
Such comments from observers as 'She watched all the time but did not say a word or do anything' were usual and I later found Television and Language Development 3I that such silent viewers had learnt a good deal. But they were not learning to use language. Television can and does stimulate children's interest but it cannot make them speak unless they are used to speech and to being listened to. However, even for those who are not, pre-school television can and does encourage the use of their voices.
A stooge, clown or fool, is trying to get a box through a door that is only partly open. Defeated by the problem, he mimes despair, tears, fear of punishment, frustration, and because little children can recognise something of their own vulnerability - funny, sad and stupid - they will, in a theatre, spend their small store of words to help the clown. ', 'Push it open', 'It will go through,' they bawl. This kind of sympathetic fun has a long history: it has provoked language in school hall and theatre; it might help to have more in pre-school television.