it is not just my love and curiosity for shiny objects that draws me to this show. it is absolutely hilarious!! one of the children's shows that can truly be appreciated by adults.
the main idea is that a short video is watched and then questions are asked. this improves children's concentration and memory skills. it is also very educational, upon watching this i learnt a lot about fish, cheesemaking, religious festivals and more. the videos and questions are intertwined with the three 'presenters' (a tiger, dog and monkey) playing games. at no time is it boring as the banter between these three is fantastically funny. at the end of each round the winner is rewarded with 'shinies' (oh how i would love to have a 'super shiny'...).
overall a fantastic purchase for children or even adults who are interested in quirky humour and shiny objects. the only drawback is that the dvd only contains five episodes each at 10-20 minutes long so it is quite short.[...]
I got to know this show very well, as it was one of my young son's favourite CeeBeebies shows (the other being Storymakers..).
The hilarious antics of the three main characters here and the multi layered humour are so wonderful and some years later, all three of us can watch this show again and again with silly grins on our faces!
I really hope that the production company can release more of the episodes they recorded (Dogsby doing a startled rabbit impersonation is a joy to behold and has us in stitches...), as they are all very good indeed and timeless in a "Watch With Mother" kind of way (I'm REALLY showing my 50+ years now,,,).
I SINCERELY recommend this disc for young families, even though the show is still being repeated on the CeeBeebies channel. BRILLIANT! if you agree with me - *give yourself a shiny*..........
If your idea of kid's tv programmes is sitting through something banal and incomprehensible, wondering what mind-altering substances the producers were ingesting when they came up with such stuff, then I can say with cast-iron confidence that you have never seen The Shiny Show - in which case you must do so, right now. Drop everything if you have to.
The format is basically that of a quiz show; of the three main characters (Dogsby the dog, Tigs the tiger and Mukka the monkey) one assumes the role of the quizmaster while the other two are the contestants. Short film sequences on a chosen theme are shown and then questions asked that test observation and memory skills. Correct answers are rewarded with a 'shiny' (often some random household item like a spoon) and the 'winner' at the end of the show (the one who collects the most 'shinies') receives the 'super shiny.' Children are encouraged to join in and compete with the characters to win the super shiny, with encouraging words and songs offered whether they 'win' or not. In between each 'round' of the quiz the three characters will take a short break and play games together, based on the theme of the show.
On the face of it, this sounds like nothing remarkable. But what sets this show head and shoulders above anything else on tv right now are the three characters, Dogsby, Mukka and Tigs, and the hilarious banter between them - the quality of the comedy in the scripts is outstanding. Quite simply, this is humour that works sublimely on two levels, and even the most po-faced of adults will be laughing as much as the kids. Part of the reason it works so well is that the trio have traits that are all-too-familiar in small children everywhere; Tigs (the only girl character) likes to boss the boys around and be the centre of attention, Dogsby is a sensitive worrier and Mukka loves being loud and hyperactive. Kids adore them because they identify with them, and as for adults - well, you'll be laughing as hard as your kids at the same bits, just for different, more grown-up reasons! They really have catered for every age group when it comes to the humour, which is sharp and subtle enough to ensure that the stuff just for adults still goes sailing over the heads of the little ones. Their attempts at staging inpromptu 'shows' (particularly with bossy little Tigs trying to be both director AND star) are always a joy - and if Dogsby's 'rabbit impression' doesn't at the very least make you giggle like a primary school kid, you probably should check you've still got a pulse.
My only complaint about this dvd is that it's just too short - but then part of the reason for that is that, for reasons both unfair and incomprehensible, only two series' were ever made of this show. What a crime! Perhaps, if enough fans band together, we could persuade them to revive the glory that is The Shiny Show - because the world needs more shinies!
So grab that list of Things You Must Do Before You Die, and, if it's not there and crossed off already, make sure you add 'watch every episode of The Shiny Show.' You'll be so, so glad you did.
...are what you need to play the game! The Shiny Show is a brilliantly crafted show intended for pre-schoolers, and even though it is no longer being repeated on the CBeebies channel, in a stroke of luck I managed to discover that this was available new on Amazon! So I jumped at the opportunity to own such a wonderful show on DVD. I would also like to point out that this DVD is region-free according to AnyDVD (a software that I have on my computer) so you Americans should be able to play it too! Oh, and as of writing this review, there's one more left new, so be quick!