Giggles with Gilligan should make bedtime bearable

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Giggles with Gilligan should make bedtime bearable

Tired of reading the same bedtime story over and over again? Tune in to CBeebies for some comedic relief

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Every parent is familiar with the perils of bedtime stories. For toddlers they’re great. Seeing Spot run is a source of endless joy for the average two-year-old, but for adults reading the saga, the story can seem a bit thin, especially at its 127th turn. Thankfully, that is where the internet yet again comes in to save the day. This time with the help of UK comedian Mo Gilligan.

Known for his spot-on impressions of London’s more working-class denizens, Gilligan has teamed up with CBeebies for an hilarious series aimed at children and adults. The premise is simple. Gilligan reads popular children’s bedtime stories in his “roadman” accent. For those of you who haven’t watched Netflix’s Top Boy or shows focused on working-class Brits from south London, a roadman is essentially a gangster or someone you may find out on the street engaging in nefarious activities. Like many Londoners, they have a particular way of speaking that, in this case, is heavily influenced by Jamaican Patois. The accent Gilligan uses has been around in the UK for ages, but came to prominence after stars such as Canadian rapper Drake started speaking like roadmen.

Generally associated with being all tough and scary, Gilligan’s use of it to recount the tale of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is hilarious and saves parents the chore of having to figure out what accent to use the next time bedtime comes around...

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