Classic cartoons Tom and Jerry and Scooby Doo have been named the TV programmes that parents secretly most like to switch channels to watch.
The nostalgic favourites — alongside Postman Pat and Fireman Sam — are popular with parents of young children because they remind them of their own
childhood, according to a study.
A survey of 500 parents of children aged four to 10 revealed the shows much loved among parents.
Horrible Histories and Mickey Mouse Club House were also hailed as the top TV shows that parents secretly love.
The survey by internet content provider Viral Spiral revealed that the US cartoon series Scooby Doo was named the favourite cartoon among 23 percent of parents, followed by Peppa Pig and Postman Pat, both on 22 percent.
The next favourites were Tom and Jerry (21 percent), Fireman Sam (20 percent), Sponge Bob Square Pants (17 percent) and Art Attack (14 percent).
Other children’s shows that parents secretly love include Thomas the Tank Engine, Mickey Mouse Club House and Bob the Builder.
Damian Collier, head of Viral Spiral said: “Our survey has revealed that parents secretly love many of the shows that their children watch.
“Parents even admitted that they often change the channel to watch their favourite cartoons and kids shows. Creating TV shows and content for young children is as much about meeting parents’ desires for nostalgia and fun as it is about entertaining children.”
One in three parents said sentimental recollection played a big part in their enjoyment of current children’s shows because they remembered watching them as a child.