Big & Small

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Big & Small
Big&Small edit 1.jpg
Big (right) and Small (left)
Genre Children's comedy
Created by Kindle Entertainment
Voices of Lenny Henry (Season 1–3)
Imelda Staunton (Season 1–2 UK)
Tamsin Heatley (Season 3 UK)
Opening theme "The Big and Small Song" by Lenny Henry
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
Executive producer(s) Anne Brogan Series 1–3
Producer(s) David Collier
Running time 11 minutes/ep
Production company(s) Kindle Entertainment
3J's Productions
Sixteen South (season 3)
Original network

BBC HD (2009–2012)

Boomerang (UK & Ireland)
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release October 6, 2008 (2008-10-06) – October 6, 2011 (2011-10-06)
External links
[Big & Small Offline Website]

Big & Small is a British/Canadian children's television series aimed at preschoolers. Big & Small is a co-production between Kindle Entertainment and 3J's Productions produced in association with the BBC, Treehouse TV, and Studio 100.[1] The first series was deemed a success worldwide and a second series was commissioned by the BBC. The show is a live action comedy for preschoolers, and follows the lives of puppets. Big & Small Online, a section of CBeebies Online, won a Children's BAFTA in 2009 for the best interactive content.

Episode structure

The show starts off with the characters doing many things, such as playing a game, or making something. There is then a conflict between the characters that leads to the plot of the episode. The characters then resolve their conflict before the end of the episode. There is always at least one song in each episode, which is filmed in shadowmation.


Character Voices Description
Big Lenny Henry (Season 1–3 UK)| Todd Doldersum (Season 1-3 CAN) Jason Hopley (season 1-3 CAN) A large purple creature with fuchsia polkadots on his back. Big is very friendly and laid-back.
Small A hyperactive and loud little orange creature with long ears. Small is very raucous and impulsive.
Ruby Jamie Shannon (Season 1-3 CAN)
Imelda Staunton (Season 1–2 UK)
Tamsin Heatley (Season 3 UK)
A pink mouse with red hair. Ruby lives in Big and Small's house in a mousehole.
Twiba Jamie Shannon (Season 1-3 CAN) Imelda Staunton (Season 1–2 UK) A green worm that lives in an apple in the apple tree. Twiba is an acronym which stands for "The Worm in Big's Apple".
The Frogs A pair of different green-coloured frogs with hats that live in the garden pond. One is lime green with a red wool hat, the other is dark green with a business hat.


In the United Kingdom, Big & Small is shown on BBC1, BBC2, and CBeebies,[2] and is shown on Cyw in Wales.[3] Treehouse TV aired Big & Small in Canada, while Big & Small was broadcast in the United States on Nick Jr..[4] In total, over 40 channels worldwide feature the show.[3]


  • Awarded "Best Writing" at Kidscreen 2013
  • Awarded Best Interactive Service to Big & Small Online at the BAFTA Children's Awards 2009.[5]
  • Awarded Best Children's Programme for the episode "Blame It on the Drain" at the Royal Television Society's Educational Television Awards for 2009 ("A well constructed programme with great warmth, charm and child appeal.")[6]


  1. ^ Waller, Ed (29 August 2009). "CBeebies is having a laugh!". C21Media. 
  2. ^ "Find out more about Kindle's completed productions". Kindle Entertainment. Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Second UK network for Big & Small". C21Media. 12 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Kindle Entertainment Big and Small News Page Archived 18 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Children's Nominations 2009". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Archived from the original on 26 February 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "RTS Programme Awards 2009". Royal Television Society. 16 March 2010. Archived from the original on 19 April 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 

External links

  • Official Big & Small store UK
  • Big & Small Online
  • Big & Small at
  • Big & Small on IMDb
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