BBC Successfully Anaesthetises Kids With Ambient Classic Daydreams

By Gary Cutlack on at

The BBC has released some sort of experimental ASMR video for kids in the form of Daydreams, a baffling, YouTube-like experiment backed by ambient music that's designed to put children to sleep. Or at least shut them up and keep them still enough so that mum and dad can enjoy 58 minutes of quality smartphone time.

Narrated by Olivia Colman doing her finest primary school teacher voice, the bizarre programme features slow motion footage of outdoor walks, splashing in puddles, ducks, cuddles, water ripples, dandelion seeds blowing away, and assorted sounds and reflections, creating an experience that's quite similar to the slow TV trend for adults. The good news is that there are no random CG clowns or repetitive satanic symbology, seeing as this is the BBC and it's been vetted by sensible people.

The soundtrack has been provided by Tom Jenkinson, better known under his musical pseudonym of Squarepusher, with the show's producer saying he's been told that even adults have been known to put it on themselves for a bit of relaxing background filler. [iPlayer via The Times]