Saturday, 21 October 2017

Why All The Fuss About Tom Hardy On Bedtime Stories?

Today's Blogtober prompt is Unusual Crushes. What's unusual about me is ... I don't really have any. Crushes, I mean. In general.

I used to of course, in my teens and early twenties, and there are celebrities I find attractive. But I wouldn't say I have a crush on them. I wouldn't actively seek out a film or TV show just so I could watch them.

Which is why I'm slightly baffled by all the hooha earlier in the year about Tom Hardy appearing on CBeebies Bedtime Stories. Before his much-publicised appearance I hadn't actually heard of him, and he isn't really my cup of tea (although I'm sure he's a good actor). I'm told that he read the stories very well, with a really gentle touch, which is great.

Because surely that's the point of Bedtime Stories? It's for the kids. So why was there so much publicity aimed at the mums? Why the timing of one of his episodes to coincide with Valentines Day? Why all the jokes about watching it after the kids are asleep, or about him talking about being 'tucked up in bed'?

I just don't get it. If you fancy Tom Hardy, watch one of his programmes or films. Why get all over-excited about a ten minute reading of a picture book? I'm not saying he shouldn't have been on it, if he can read a story well (which as an actor, presumably he can) then that's qualification enough. We don't need it to be sold on a 'something for the mums' ticket, surely?

Am I the only one bemused by this? Is there something I'm missing here?

Linking up with Day 21 of #Blogtober17 - Unusual Crushes.

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6 comments:

  1. I'm not a Tom Hardy fan, but I kinda get why CBeebies did what they did. Marketing wise, it was genius. And at the end of the day, if they can persuade Hollywood actors to rock up to read a kids story then yay!

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    1. To be honest it slightly baffles me. How many kids will know who's reading the story? Are they that bothered who's reading it as long as they read it well?

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  2. I think it is just to guess in cheek advertising. I think Tom Hardy is lovely but I wouldn't actively seek him out on the bed time story, I have seen one however and he is very good at telling the story x

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    1. I just didn't like the lengths it went to. And with children's shows, surely you either watch it every day or not at all, so what difference would a special guest make?

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  3. I absolutely don't get the Tom Hardy thing either. Actually find it pretty awkward what I have seen of it. #blogtober17

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