Written by Don Tickle
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Topics: Children's TV

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

A leading child psychologist has hit out at BBC children's channel CBeebies over its new cartoon series 'Horace The Hearse''.

Dr. Simion Templer claimed the show "endangers children's understanding of bereavement and grief" with its depictions of death and funerals.

The cartoon, which first aired last week, tells the adventures of a hearse called Horace and friends, such as Fiery Furnace and Cemetery Gates, in the fictional town of Popoffington.

Dr. Templer said: "a town in which death is rife and an unhappy hearse becomes ever more depressed ferrying corpses to the cemetery does little to aid a child's understanding of a difficult issue."

A spokesperson said it had received a number of complaints and would be taking the matter seriously.

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