have a little sister Lola,
and she is small and very funny..."
Charlie (7) is big brother to little Lola
(4-going-on-5), and together they tumble,
tussle and giggle their way through childhood,
learning how to get along, how to
behave and how to live their young lives in
such a big and busy world...
The press blurb tells us that this series
is adapted from the award-winning
picture books by Lauren Child. But that's not right,
because this series isn't just
"adapted", it has literally leapt off
the page and cartwheeled down a twirling pink
and white drinking straw, in to our living
rooms. Charlie and his sister hop, step,
and jump through their enormous, everyday
adventures. That same press blurb
continues to tell us that the series was made using
CelAction 2D animation, but again, we beg to differ
because the children's'
world is a fantabulous higgledy-piggledy hotchpotch of
colours, photo cutouts
and textile swatches, and we're right in there
with them as they gambol
through it, and my goodness, when you're as young
as Lola and Charlie,
the littlest of everyday issues, like
haircuts and spiders and loose teeth,
completely take over your day!
Lauren Child's picture books have been phenomenally
successful. She previously
brought us the delights of "Clarice Bean",
and "Clarice Bean, That's Me" was
shortlisted for the Smarties Prize. In 2002
"That Pesky Rat" went a step further
by picking up a Smarties Gold Award. The first
"Charlie and Lola" book, "I Will
Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato" was published
in 2001, and it won the prestigious
Kate Greenaway medal. Lauren followed it up
with "I Am Not Sleepy and I Will
Not Go To Bed" and "I Am Too Absoloutely
Small For School". Needless to say,
the "Charlie and Lola" tv series has
its own accompaniment of books too.
Tiger Aspect first brought the series idea
to Cartoon Forum, in September 2003,
where it went down like a scrummy strawberry milkshake.
In August the following
year, the BBC fizzed and popped about their
acquisition, like - well - fizzy pop.
And you can see why they were so excited.
It's an effervescent instant classic
that takes us right inside the mindset of
these two child stars. The very littlest
of things, or the tiniest of issues become
magnified and stretched by Charlie
and Lola's over-imagination. We've had childs-eye
series like this before, of
course - Joe
comes to mind, in particular - but this is the first to go that step
further and actually delve into the amplified
cacophony of a four-year-old's
thought processes. It's wild, it's ridiculous,
it's a little bit scary, but more
often than not it's delightfully, gleefully
adventurous, inquisitive and silly...
Charlie has a best friend called Marv, whilst Lola's best pal is Lotta.
Sneaky Lola also has an
imaginary best friend called Soren Lorenson...
The character of Lola was based upon an inquisitive little girl whom
encountered on a train,
in Denmark. She was asking her parents all sorts of
questions, and Lauren's
boyfriend translated the conversation for her. Her
imagination piqued, Lauren
went away and worked up a story about her...
Tiger Aspect previously brought us the bumbling delights of Mr
Now pay attention all you Nostalgia Fans,
because three different pairs
of children put their voices to Charlie
and Lola during production of the series:
Series One Jethro
Lundie-Brown Maisie Cowell
Series Two Daniel
Series Three Oriel
Hound: August 2004
The BBC pick up the show...
Hound: September 2003
Charlie and Lola at Forum...
and Lola" premiered on CBBC on Monday, 7th November, 2005...
2008 Children's BAFTA - Best Animation
Children's BAFTA - Best Pre-School Animation
2007 Children's BAFTA - Best Pre-School
Animation Festival - Special Award for a TV Series
Awards - Best Children's Programme
Craft & Design Awards - Best Music, Original Score
2006 Cartoons On The Bay - Best Series
Cartoons On The Bay - Best Programme
Cartoons On The Bay - Raisat YOYO - Best Series
Bradford Animation Festival - Best TV Series for Children & Adults
Charlie and Lola books
There were three picture books
published prior to the series:
2000 - I
Will Not Never Ever Eat a Tomato
Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed
2003 - I
Am Too Absolutely Small for School
And then, well, everything exploded.
We have tie-ins and repackaged
publications a-plenty. The selection is quite extraordinary!
and Lola episodes
I Will Not Never Ever Eat a Tomato
We Do Promise Honestly We can Look After
I Love Going to Granny and Grandpa's...
It's Just That...
I'm Far Too Extremely Busy
It's a Secret
I'm Just Not Keen on Spiders
I'm Really Ever Not so Well
am Not Sleepy and I Will Not go to Bed
But That is My Book
Boo! Made you Jump!
I Want to Play Music too!
The Most Wonderfullest Picnic in the
Whole Wide World
You Won't Like This Present as Much
as I Do!
I Can Do Anything That's Everything
All on My Own
There is Only One Sun and That is Me
I've Won, No I've Won, No I've Won
It Wasn't Me!
My Little Town
I Like My Hair Completely the Way it
I Do Not Ever Never Want My Wobbly Tooth
to Fall Out
I Must Take Completely Everything
I am Hurrying I am Almost Nearly Ready
I Want to be Much More Bigger Like You
But I am an Alligator
Snow is My Favourite and is My Best
Can Be My Friend
I Will Be Especially Very Careful
Can You Maybe Turn the Light On?
Too Many Big Words
Please May I Have Some of Yours?
Yes I am, No you're not
It is Absolutely Completely Not Messy
I Will Miss Our Mouse Too Much
I Wish I Could Draw Exactly More Like You
How Many More Minutes?
Never Ever Never Step On the Cracks
I am Collecting a Collection
Welcome to Lolaland
My Best Best Bestest Friend
What if I got Lost in the Middle of Nowhere?
I just Love my Red Shiny Shoes
Look After Your Planet
Will you Please Stop Messing About
This is Actually My Party
Lucky Lucky Me!
I Spy with my Little Eyes
I am Extremely Magic
I am Really Really Really Concentrating
I Completely Know about Guinea Pigs
Charlie is Broken!
I Really Wonder What Plant I am Growing
+ How Many More Minutes until Christmas?
Help! I Really mean it!
I am Making a Craze
I can Train your Dog
It's Raining, it's Boring
I Wish I could do That, and also That
I Can Dance Like a Dancer
I am Extremely Absoloutely Boiling
But Where Completely are we?
I Really, Really Need Actual Ice-Skates
I Can't Stop Hiccupping
But I am Completely Hearing and also
Our Shop Sells Completely Everything
I've Got Nobody to Play With
Thunder Completely Does Not Scare Me
I Really Absoloutely Must Have Glasses
It is Very Special and Extremely Ancient
But Marv is Absoloutely Charlie's Best
I am Inventing a Usefullish Invention
I am Goody the Good
What can I Wear for Halloween?
But we Always do it Like This
I am Going to Save a Panda
I Slightly Want to go Home
Do not Ever Never Let Go!
I Would Like to Actually Keep It
But I don't Really Like this Present
+ Everything is Different and Not the
Same (Autumn Special)
and Lola on UK DVD
Here are the three series box sets:
Absoloutely Complete Series 3
Region 2 / three discs / 2 Entertain
/ October 2009
Absolutely Complete Series 2
Region 2 / four discs / 2 Entertain
/ November 2008
Absolutely Complete Series 1
Region 2 / four discs / 2 Entertain
/ November 2006
All the discs above have been released
individually, too. Volumes Eight
includes the Xmas special, and the Autumn
special is on volume Eleven...
and Lola: One Charlie
and Lola: Nine
and Lola: Two Charlie
and Lola: Ten
and Lola: Three Charlie
and Lola: Eleven
and Lola: Four
and Lola: Five
and Lola: Six
and Lola: Seven
and Lola: Eight
First series credits
and based upon the books by Lauren
a Tiger Aspect production
series producer: Claudia
exec producer: Andrew
art director: Leigh
Noble, Bridget Hurst,
Ingham, Samantha Hill
script editor: Mellie
Greswell, Chris Taylor
storyboard artists: Chris
Drew, Barry Baker,
Ricketts, Kevin Molloy,
Gauthier, Simon Williams
Douglas, Emma Lazenby,
Roig, Tonia Thorne
Hanshaw, Richard Jeffery,
Middleton, James O'Shea,
Phillimore, Dan Chambers,
Fehrenbach, David Greenaway,
Hood, Sam Wooldridge,
Hall, Emma Lazenby
technical advisors: Andy Blazdell,
prod accountant: Alex
business affairs: Gill
prod executive: Catherine
prod assistant: Clare
prod coordinator: Betti
prod manager: Tom
dubbing editors: James
O'Brien, Graham Wilde,
dubbing mixer: Scott
online editor: Adam
Street (Soren Lorenson)
Jack Lundy (Hippopotamus)