A 31-year-old mum from Southend has accused the kids’ TV show Pingu of turning her 18-month-old daughter into a ‘gibbering wreck’ who is only able to communicate by making high-pitched squealing noises.

Speaking exclusively to our Chief Reporter, Julie Gilhooley of Fairfax Drive said that she feels ‘devastated’ about the way that the show has delayed her daughter Dooley’s speech development.

She said: ‘For the last three months, Dooley has insisted on watching Pingu a number of times each day – thankfully I can get the episodes at any time of the day or night on YouTube.’

‘However, I noticed after a couple of weeks of her newfound Pingu obsession that she had begun communicating solely in high-pitched squealing noises, and when I watched an episode with her it became clear where she had learnt this from.’

‘All of the characters in the show speak to each other by making squealing noises at a variety of different pitches – apparently they did this to make the show accessible to children in different broadcasting territories.’

‘This is all well and good from an economic perspective, but I shudder to think how many children all over the world are now growing up thinking that this is how all species communicate, humans included.’

‘I have another son Hooley who is four years old, and the other I walked into the bathroom to find him shouting ‘waa waa’ while standing a full two feet away from the toilet and trying to wee in it.’

‘I’ve disinfected the rug three times and it still smells.’

‘Would it really be that hard to record the show in the language for the area in which it is being broadcast?’

‘It worked for Rainbow when I was growing up. Imagine watching Bungle, George, Zippy and Geoffrey all running around going ‘laa laa laa.’

‘It would be ridiculous.’