While visiting Britain last week, I found myself being forced to experience the entertainment car crash that is daytime television.
On one of the many chat shows, a 30-something woman was telling the presenters that she had known she was gay from the age of three. Now, I have no reason to doubt the legitimacy of her claim - she didn't appear to be your typical TV fame seeker - but I was impressed that she could remember anything from such a young age. Some days I can barely recall my age now, let alone whether I had sexual inclinations before I could tie my shoe laces.
One of my earliest memories, from when I was about five, is of watching cartoons. I don't remember which ones I favoured but the warm glow I got from these animated funnies has stayed with me into middle-aged bitterness.
Warner TV's new animated comedy series, We Bare Bears (beginning tomorrow at 6pm), is one that can safely be enjoyed by the whole family. Created by Annie award winner Daniel Chong (Toy Story of Terror!), and based on his much-admired webcomic The Three Bare Bears, it tells the endearing tale of hairy siblings Panda, Grizzly and Ice Bear (above) as they awkwardly attempt to blend into the human world.
With modern themes and slightly absurd storylines, the easy going We Bare Bears is primarily aimed at nine to 12 year olds, but it has enough inoffensive charm and subtle humour to create a few longer lasting memories for kids both young and old.
Under the influence of a certain Hong Kong Phooey, a lot of my over-excitable school friends eventually turned to martial arts shows for entertainment. We were fascinated by the magical Monkey and all the Bruce Lee films (usually acquired via older brothers on bootleg VHS). Showing tomorrow at 10pm, on AMC, Into the Badlands is a welcome return to the days of action-packed kung-fu adventures.
Boasting some of the biggest names in modern-day martial arts, including Daniel Wu Yin-cho (interviewed below), this six-episode drama is set in a future world controlled by evil barons. It's your typical good-versus-evil battle, full of love and honour, and a good deal of high octane, highly stylised comic book violence guaranteed to keep samurai wannabes more than happy.
Into the Badlands is the perfect entertainment for your inner child.