Babes in the Wood was a very short lived UK sitcom starring Karl Howman (Charlie), Samantha Janus (Ruth), Denise Van Outen (Leigh) and Natalie Walter (Caralyn) where we see three female flatmates doing the usual things that women do though these three have the pleasure of putting up with their neighbour Charlie. After the first series Ruth got married and Frankie moved into the flat with Leigh and Caralyn. The first series aired at 9pm on Thursdays. The second series aired at 10pm on Tuesdays.

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Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 1998-07-23

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Babes in the Wood is a traditional children's tale, as well as a popular pantomime subject. It has also been the name of some other unrelated works. The expression has passed into common language, referring to inexperienced innocents entering unawares into any potentially dangerous or hostile situation. A number of child murder cases have been referred to in the media as the Babes in the Wood murders.

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The traditional children's tale is of two children abandoned in a wood, who die and are covered with leaves by robins. First published as an anonymous broadside ballad, printed by Thomas Millington in Norwich in 1595 with the title “The Norfolk gent his will and Testament and howe he Commytted the keepinge of his Children to his own brother whoe delte most wickedly with them and howe God plagued him for it”. The tale has been reworked in many forms; it frequently appears attributed as a Mother Goose rhyme. The anonymous ballad was illustrated by Randolph Caldecott in a book published in 1879. The story tells of two small children left in the care of an uncle and aunt after their parents' death. The uncle gives the children to ruffians to be killed, in order to acquire their inheritance, telling his wife they are being sent to London for their upbringing. The murderers fall out and the “milder” of the two kills the other. He tells the children he will return with provisions, but they do not see him again. The children, wandering alone in the woods, die, and are covered by leaves by the birds. Like many morality tales, the story continues with a description of the retribution befalling the uncle. In sanitized versions, the children are bodily taken to Heaven. The story ends with a warning to those who have to take care of orphans and others' children not to inflict God's wrath upon themselves. The Walt Disney Company re-worked this tale for their 1932 short animated film Babes in the Woods, incorporating some material from Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm, and adding a village of friendly elves (a feature not traditionally present in either tale) and a happy ending. The story is also used as a basis for pantomimes. However, for various reasons including both the brevity of the original and the target pantomime audience of young children, modern pantomimes by this name usually combine this story with parts of the modern Robin Hood story (employing the supporting characters from it, such as Maid Marian, rather than Robin himself) to lengthen it.

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