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|Format||Children's television series|
|Created by||Anne Wood|
|Developed by||Ragdoll Productions for Cole Entertainment|
|Country of origin|| United Kingdom
|No. of episodes||104|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Original run||April 14, 2003 – present|
Boohbah is a 2003 children's television programme. It was produced by Ragdoll Productions. It was made for children between three and six years old. In the United Kingdom, it started in April 2003 on ITV. In the United States, it started on 19 January 2004 on PBS It was made by Anne Wood. Alan Dapre and Robin Stevens wrote the scripts. Anne Wood also made the children's show Teletubbies. This show and Teletubbies are similar (For example, both have a "science fiction" theme).
Characters and features[change | edit source]
The Boohbahs[change | edit source]
The Boohbahs are five furry, round creatures. They are played by actors in full body costumes. They have no hair on their heads. They have big eyes. Their eyebrows are rows of lights. The official website says they are "five magical atoms of power." They do not speak, but instead make noises like squeaks, squeals, and clicks. Each Boohbah is a different color. They are:
- Humbah (Yellow) - Emma Ainsley
- Zumbah (Purple) - Alex Poulter
- Zing Zing Zingbah (Orange) - Cal Jaggers
- Jumbah (Blue) - Phil Hayes
- Jingbah (Pink) - Laura Pero
The Storypeople[change | edit source]
The Storypeople are a group of characters who live in Storyland. They are in short stories. They are:
- Grandmamma (Linda Kerr-Scott) – An elderly but active woman. She has white hair and wears a dark pink housedress, white sweater, white socks, and red sneakers.
- Grandpappa (Robin Stevens) – An elderly but active Caucasian man. He has white hair and a white moustache; he wears a long-sleeved yellow shirt, dark gray slacks, red suspenders (UK: braces), and white sneakers.
- Mrs. Lady (Harvey Virdi) – A heavyset Indian woman. She has dark hair and wears a loose light blue blouse, loose bright pink pants, and pink sneakers.
- Mr. Man (Mark Ramsey) – A heavyset African man. He is bald and wears a short-sleeved bright pink shirt, white trousers, and black trainers.
- Brother (Manuel Bravo) and Sister (Vee Vimolmal) – Always paired, they both look like they are in their late teens. Brother: A Latino boy with short dark hair; he wears a bright blue t-shirt, bright red knee-length shorts, and white trainers with pink laces. Sister: An Asian (Thai) girl with hip-length black hair in a long ponytail; she wears a bright red t-shirt, bright blue capri pants, and white trainers with pink laces.
- Auntie (Sachi Kimura) – An Asian (Japanese) woman. She has short black hair and wears a long-sleeved lavender blouse, black trousers, lavender socks, and black shoes.
- Little Dog Fido (Dash) – A Jack Russell Terrier. He wears a red collar.
They do not speak. (When Little Dog Fido appears, he gives an "arf!") Though they sometimes show frustration or confusion, the Storypeople rarely, if ever,look upset or sad. The Storyland segments are narrated by actor Chris Langham. In each episode the Storypeople magically receive an object sent to them by a child or group of children.
The Boohball[change | edit source]
One of the common things in Boohbah is the Boohball. The Boohball, a glowing white ball, is where the Boohbahs live, and it appears out of nowhere in various parts of the show. It travels from country to country when it is called by children. Inside the Boohball is a spinning recharging pod, where the Boohbahs recharge energy. It looks like five deep spoons with the handles linked. One could also say that the hammocks look like five fig halves. The energy is created by the laughter of the children when playing with the Boohbahs, the Boohball, and the Storypeople.
Notes and References[change | edit source]
- "Information for Parents." Boohbah.tv. Ragdoll Limited, 2003. Web. 22 Dec. 2012.