Anne Wood: My ambition for Ragdoll has always been to keep in touch with young children as a way of understanding how our work can define and reflect their current needs and leave a glow on the imagination. We see ourselves as working for children everywhere.
After Teletubbies, parents and carers were even more ready to share with us anecdotally some of the pride, some of the anxieties and lots of the fun they experienced with their children. And one of the most fascinating subjects they touched on was bedtime: perhaps because here was a source of tension. There were clearly two different perceptions:
Andy Davenport: I felt drawn towards creating a programme that embraced more traditional ground. One with lots of richness and detail, and a wealth of characters, distinctly different from one another. I wanted to invest this new show with a tangible, literal sense of childhood. To reference a pivotal moment in a child's experience - bedtime. That universal formative time of imaginative intimacy in pictures and thoughts.