I can imagine, if you had a cage full of starved lions, that when you threw them some meat they’d all go mental. Well, earlier tonight I did just that: on Twitter. But instead of lions, it was mums. And instead of meat, it was – well, pieces of meat.
See, I was messing about a bit with photos of the CBeebies presenters following an idea which came to me as I was sitting on the bathroom floor waiting for my two year-old to do a wee on the toilet. (We were there for about 40 minutes, but that’s another story.)
And so, when the kids were tucked up in bed, I tweeted a photo of Mr Bloom - whom I know a lot of mums have a bit of a thing for.
Within a few seconds my replies feed was overwhelmed, submerged beneath a sea of hormones as mums everywhere took to their keypads to express their joy at his cheekbones and luscious hair. Even Dr Ranj joined in. And so I did another one of the good Doctor, and once more Twitter swelled with lust.
Before I knew it, I was getting requests. ‘Chris Jarvis!’ squealed one. ‘Justin Fletcher!’ shrieked another, safe behind her computer screen and therefore unable to see any strange looks other mums were giving her. But, never wanting to disappoint, I duly obliged.
And I also threw in a bit of Mister Maker, Andy Day and Alex Winters, and since then I’ve had requests for pretty much everyone, so watch this space.
All in all, it was a very busy evening, although very little had actually been achieved. And so, finally, not wanting to leave the dads out of it, I created a poster of Nina, Cerrie and Katy. The CBeebies schedule will never be quite the same again.