Those of you currently not sharing your house with a toddler will probably be unaware of Milkshake on Channel 5, whilst those of you who have a little lodger will probably see more of the presenters of the show than your friends. Belonging firmly in the latter camp with two tearaway toddlers, when we heard that the Milkshake show was coming to the island we had to go and see it.
As my children are on the younger (and shall we say more excitable) end of the viewer spectrum my main concern was would it manage to hold their attention the whole way through. The answer was an emphatic yes. As soon as presenters Olivia and Derek took to the stage and the music started it was like a mini Ibiza for kids with fast paced music and dancing all the way. The only pause was a quick well deserved break for them half way through – I was exhausted just watching them.
The shows main premise was that several well loved characters from the show were zapped out of the TV using a giant remote control. All the favourites made an appearance, Fifi and Bumble, Rory and Big Chris, Noddy, The Bananas in Pyjamas and to my daughter’s astonishment and delight The Little Princess. Each one came on and performed a song so even if the children were bored at any point it wasn’t long before another Milkshake favourite appeared. The second half centred around trying to get them back to Milkshake land and followed the same song and dance template.
Olivia and Derek pulled the show together and their enthusiasm was infectious. All the kids were soon up and dancing away and joining in the pantomime shouts of ‘Bananas’ whenever they were looking for B1 or B2 (the Bananas in pyjamas for you Milkshake novices out there). My own two loved it and were asking when the next show was as soon as we exited the Gaiety Theatre.
The show was fast-paced, frantic and fun and the perfect end to the summer holidays for any toddlers (and exhausted parents) on the island.