Television programming for Britain's children has become overly dominated by shows imported from the US, Pact believes.

The trade association for all commercial interests related to the UK's broadcasting and media groups has produced a reworked version of the British classic The Wombles to highlight their point.

In The Bad Ass Wombles of Central Park, familiar characters like Tobermory and Bungo are turned into stressed-out, caricatured Americans to emphasise the point.

Pact says just one per cent of all programmes broadcast on children's TV are new programmes made in the UK, a fact Uncle Bulgaria – voiced by Bernard Cribbins – laments in the video.

"Tell those Wombles in government we need to start making British programmes for British kids again, before it's too late! What is a fannypack anyway?" he says.

Pact is concerned more needs to be done to prevent the decline of Britain's programme-makers in the sector.

Regarding its Wombles sketch, a statement on its website says: "It serves as a reminder of the days when the high-quality kids’ TV that Britain is renowned for had many more hours on our screens, and the stark reality is that this may not be the case for future generations should the current decline continue."

12/04/2008 12:46:20