Puppetry in Britain declined generally in the early 20th century with audiences drawn to other forms of entertainment including music hall, variety and cinema, and from the 1950s, television that introduced new puppet characters to children in the popular programmes. Some Punch and Judy showmen continued to work street pitches in towns and cities in the early 20th century, but traffic conditions made it increasingly difficult. At the seaside however Punch and Judy continued to be a popular feature of entertainment, especially for children