Mister Rogers: the quiet revolutionary of children's TV

The Guardian - Nov 08, 18:20 GMT

For 33 years, a man in a cardigan brought a gentle thoughtfulness to US TV show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Now a film about it is breaking records

For 33 years, a man in a cardigan brought a gentle thoughtfulness to US TV show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Now a film about it is breaking records. Hadley Freeman talks to the director – and shows the original TV series to her children

All children’s TV shows sound bizarre when described. There is a street on which humans live alongside Muppets, including a biscuit-obsessed blue monster and a grump in a trash can. There are four brightly coloured aliens who live in a psychedelic magic land, communicate in baby talk and play with a vacuum cleaner. But none ever sounded as unlikely as the American classic Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

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