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Tuesday, 28 August, 2001, 07:33 GMT 08:33 UK
Simpsons tops kids' TV poll
100 Greatest Kids TV Shows
Theakston shared the screen with the Rainbow trio
American cartoon series The Simpsons has topped a poll of favourite children's TV shows.

The exploits of Homer and Bart and the rest of his yellow family from Springfield triumphed in a viewers' vote for a Channel 4 bank holiday special.

The Muppet Show, which brought us the unlikely coupling of Kermit and Miss Piggy, came in second.

The entire poll was revealed in reverse order on Channel 4's The 100 Greatest Kids' TV Shows, presented by Jamie Theakston and the puppet cast of Rainbow.

The Simpsons
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It was compiled by viewers voting by telephone and the internet.

British cartoon Dangermouse took the third position in the poll, with the pink and white saggy cat Bagpuss close behind.

The long-running school drama Grange Hill - a launch pad for many UK soap stars - was voted fifth favourite.

Animated shows Mr Benn and Scooby Doo, alongside Rainbow, also made it into the top 10.

Grange Hill
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And it seems viewers remember and prefer the old favourites to new shows such as The Tweenies and The Teletubbies, as they came only 83rd and 90th in the poll.

Homer Simpson, head of the cartoon clan, had previously topped the Channel 4 poll to find The Greatest TV character of all time, beating the likes of Basil Fawlty, Ali G and Inspector Morse.

As well as clips from the 100 top children's shows, viewers were also treated to some behind the scenes secrets.

100 Greatest Kids TV Shows
Jamie Theakston met Pipkins star Hartley Hare
Rick Jones, who presented and operated the puppets on Fingerbobs, came clean about having "drowned" the mouse.

"We'd done the last shot of the second series and I didn't want there to be a third series believe me - two years under that table was enough," said Jones.

"I conspired with the cameraman to keep the camera rolling. I took the mouse and dumped him in my cold cup of coffee - and drowned him."

Bob the Builder
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Bob the Builder narrator Neil Morrissey, who topped last year's Christmas charts with a song from the show, had his own story.

He said: "It tends to freak kids out when their parents go, 'Look, there's Bob the Builder'.

"You can see some four-year old looking at me just going, 'No way is that Bob the Builder.'"

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