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TV Licensing plots children's TV programme inspired map of the UK

Ever wondered how your street came to take its name? To celebrate the launch of BBC’s Children’s television exhibition Here’s One We Made Earlier, at Salford’s Lowry Museum, TV Licensing has delved into its database to find road names which may have been inspired by or taken from the world of youngsters' TV.

With a database of over 31 million addresses in the UK, TV Licensing has plotted 250 streets and roads with connections to our favourite children’s TV programmes.

Acacia Road, home of Eric Wimp and his alter-ego Bananaman, is found in 39 locations across the UK whilst Ramsay Street, the fictional home of Neighbours, was found in nine towns and cities.  

The Wizards of Waverley Place may have been set on New York’s Manhattan Island, but the UK boasts at least 17 Waverley Places and although Paddington Bear was taken to Windsor Gardens in London by the Brown family, there are nearly 50 roads which share their name with the Peruvian bear’s adopted address.


Stephen Farmer, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said:

Children’s television makes a huge impression on all of us and I’d like to think a few town planners and builders have named streets and roads after their favourite childhood shows.
Living on a street which shares its name with your favourite TV character does not exempt you from needing a TV Licence if you’re watching or recording live TV programmes.So, whether you share your address with a fruit-eating superhero, migrant bear or an Australian cul-de-sac, you need to make sure you’re correctly licensed and you can do this by visiting tvlicensing.co.uk

TeleScope 2014, a report released by TV Licensing, revealed an astonishing 89 per cent of children’s viewing time is still devoted to live TV programming.

Children spend two hours 23 minutes a day watching TV, an hour and a half less than the national average of three hours 55 minutes. Even though almost half of all children aged 5 to 15 use the likes of a PC or tablet to watch TV – nearly all (98 per cent) spend time sitting in front of the ‘traditional’ living room TV set, reveals the report. Read more about children’s viewing habits at tvlicensing.co.uk/telescope2014

View the map of Children’s TV online

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