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Charlie and Lola

Charlie and Lola are the principal characters from a series of children's picture books by Lauren Child. The stories are narrated by seven-year-old Charlie, and focus on the antics of his imaginative and excitable four-year-old sister, Lola. The books as well as the television series also emphasise the relationship between closely-aged siblings.

The first "Charlie and Lola" book, I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, published in 2001, won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. The character of Lola was based upon an inquisitive little girl whom Child encountered on a train in Denmark. The parents have been mentioned but not seen.

This section is about the book series. For the TV show adaption of the same name, see below.

Book titles

Original "Charlie and Lola" books by Lauren Child:

  • I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato (US title: I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato)
  • I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed
  • I Am Too Absolutely Small for School

Spin-off books based on scripts and animation from the series:

  • I've Won, No I've Won, No I've Won
  • Snow Is My Favourite and My Best
  • But Excuse Me That Is My Book (TV episode title: But That Is My Book)
  • We Honestly Can Look After Your Dog (TV episode title: We Do Promise Honestly We Can Look After Your Dog)
  • My Wobbly Tooth Must Not Ever Never Fall Out (TV episode title: I Do Not Ever Never Want My Wobbly Tooth To Fall Out)
  • Say Cheese!
  • I'm Really Ever So Not Well
  • Whoops! But It Wasn't Me! (TV episode title: It Wasn't Me!)
  • This Is Actually My Party.
  • I Can Do Anything That's Everything All on My Own
  • You Can Be My Friend
  • But I Do Know All About Chocolate (special edition for Comic Relief)
  • My School Play Sticker Book (Based upon the episode There Is Only One Sun and That Is Me!)
  • My Haircut Sticker Book (Based upon the episode I Like My Hair Completely the Way It Is)
  • My Very Busy Sticker Book (Based upon the episode I'm Far Too Extremely Busy)
  • My Picnic Sticker Book (Based upon the episode The Most Wonderfullest Picnic in the Whole Wide World)

There are also various colouring books and a magazine in the UK.

The "Charlie and Lola" books have been translated into Welsh under the name Cai a Lois and into many other languages.

Characters

  • Charlie Sonner, aged 7
  • Lola Sonner, aged 4 (going on 5)
  • Marvin "Marv" Lowe, Charlie's best friend
  • Lotta, Lola's best friend
  • Soren Lorensen, Lola's imaginary friend
  • Sizzles, Marv's dog
  • Morten, Marv's little brother

Appearance of main characters

Charlie Sonner

Charlie has the distinctive tapered, vaguely heart-shaped head distinctive of much of Child's work, shared by all other characters in the series. Appearing to be around four feet tall, he has blonde hair and black eyes. Charlie's most distinctive outfit is his blue-and-white shirt with his jeans turned up, from the bottoms of which protrude his feet. When outdoors or with his friend Marv, Charlie wears a variety of long-sleeved shirts, to which he always has matching shoes, but generally keeps the same jeans. He occasionally wears blue check pajamas.

Lola Sonner

Lola is almost the same character design as Charlie, with lighter blonde hair but the same black eyes; she is about two-thirds of his height, and wears various skirts, tights and shoes, but also wears various crazy-looking outfits, such as a sixties-style "retro" costume and a ballerina outfit, but unlike Charlie, she does not often change her outfit when she goes out. She wears full-length patterned pale-yellow pyjamas to bed.

(NOTE: The Surname 'Sonner' has been verified by Lauren Child's agent Caroline Walsh on 11th December 2006. It is often mistaken to be 'Summer'.)

Television series

The books have been adapted by Tiger Aspect into a cartoon series, using a collage style of animation which accurately captures the style of the original books. 2D cel animation, paper cutout, fabric design, real textures, photomontage, and archive footage are all employed and subsequently animated in a software application called CelAction. The cartoons are also notable for their use of children's voices, rather than adult voice actors, a technique pioneered by the Peanuts television specials. (Both the books and the cartoon also mirror Peanuts' technique of never showing adults.) The first series of 26 episodes (11 minutes each) was first broadcast on November 7, 2005 on CBeebies . The second series of 26 episodes (again, 11 minutes each) started broadcasting on CBeebies on October 2, 2006 (with the morning broadcast also being shown on BBC Two) a third series is currently airing in the UK. In the television series, Charlie is ten and Lola is five, and goes to school (her teacher is called Mrs. Hansen). In episodes of both the first and second series, Charlie celebrates his birthday (in "It's a Secret..." and "This Is Actually My Party"), although this doesn't seem to affect his age in other episodes.

In some countries, the episodes are packaged as double-bills. In Germany, the episodes are shown on their own on the children's channel KI.KA but also included in the long-running show Die Sendung mit der Maus (The Show with the Mouse) on KI.KA and ARD.

The complete first season is out and available as a box set in a special Charlie and Lola design tin. One can also buy seasons individually titled one, two, three, and four. Number five is now available for purchase in the USA and six has been released in the UK to buy.

The series has been dubbed into Gaelic and is regularly shown on BBC Two Scotland durning the morning. It goes by Charlie is Lola.

Awards

  • Cartoons On The Bay 2006
    • Best Series For Infants
    • Best Programme
    • The Rai Sat YOYO Best Series
  • Bradford Animation Festival 2006
    • Best TV Series
  • Annecy Animation Festival 2007
    • Best TV Series
  • Broadcast Awards 2007
    • Best Children's Programme

It was nominated for Best Animated Television Production at the 34th Annual Annie Awards.

Cast

(Note: The characters [except for Marv, Lotta, & Soren Lorenson] are voiced by a different actor/actress in each season.)

Series 1

Series 2

  • Daniel Mayers – Charlie Sonner
  • Clementine Cowell – Lola Sonner
  • Ryan Harris – Marv Lowe
  • Morgan Gayle – Lotta
  • Stanley Street – Soren Lorenson
  • Macauley Keeper - Morten Lowe, Marv's little brother
  • Eoin O'Sullivan - Arnold Wolf
  • (Marv also has an older brother, Marty, heard but not seen or credited in "Look After Your Planet". His name was mentioned in "I Am Collecting a Collection").
  • (Note: Clementine Cowell, the second voice of Lola, is the younger sister of Maisie Cowell, who provided Lola's voice in the first series)

Series 3

Episodes

Series 1

Episode Number Title UK Airdate US Airdate AUS Airdate Description DVD Volume Notes
1 I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato Monday April 11, 2005 Monday, October 3, 2005 Lola is a very fussy eater, and Charlie must try and convince her to give her food a try. But will he ever convince her to eat a tomato? One This episode is adapted from Lauren Child's first Charlie and Lola book.
2 I Can Do Anything That's Everything All on My Own Tuesday March 22, 2005 Tuesday, October 4, 2005 Lola insists on doing everything for herself, even though some of the things, she is not very good at doing on her own. Charlie tries to teach her that there is nothing wrong with accepting a little help occasionally. Three
3 I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed Monday April 4, 2005 Wednesday, October 5, 2005 Charlie has to get Lola ready for bed - but Lola insists that she is not tired, and is too busy drinking pink milk with tigers, playing with a whale in the bath, and dancing with some disco dogs. Two
4 But That Is My Book Monday March 21, 2005 Thursday, October 6, 2005 Lola's favourite book is 'Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies', which she often borrows from the local library. But when someone else borrows her beloved book, Charlie must try to find another book that will win her interest. Two
5 There Is Only One Sun and That Is Me! Thursday March 24, 2005 Friday, October 7, 2005 Lola is set on playing the Sun in an upcoming school production - so is upset when she is cast as a leaf. Charlie tries to convince Lola that leaves are very important. Three
6 We Do Promise Honestly We Can Look After Your Dog Wednesday March 23, 2005 Monday, October 10, 2005 In the park, Lola and Lotta persuade Marv to let them look after Sizzles while he and Charlie play football. But then Sizzles gets lost! One
7 I've Won, No I've Won No I've Won Monday March 28, 2005 Tuesday, October 11, 2005 Lola always has to win at everything - even if it means bending the rules in her favour. So Charlie challenges her to a race around the park that she cannot possibly cheat at. Three
8 I Like My Hair Completely the Way It Is Friday March 25, 2005 Wednesday, October 12, 2005 It's time for Charlie and Lola to have their hair cut - but Lola doesn't want hers done. Four
9 I'm Really Ever So Not Well Monday April 18, 2005 Thursday, October 13, 2005 Lola is ill in bed. Charlie has promised Marv that he'll play football with him, but Lola begs him to stay and cheer her up. One
10 I Am Hurrying I'm Almost Nearly Ready Monday April 25, 2005 Friday, October 14, 2005 Charlie is trying to get Lola to hurry up or else they'll be late to school. But Lola finds it so hard to hurry when there is colouring, dancing with clouds, playing hopscotch on musical pavements, and laughing with hysterical hedgehogs to distract her. Four This episode is sometimes listed as simply "I am Hurrying".
11 BOO! Made You Jump! Tuesday June 21, 2005 Monday, October 17, 2005 Charlie is good at making Lola jump. Lola is desperate to be able to make him jump back, but, as hard as she tries, just can't seem to do it. Two
12 The Most Wonderfullest Picnic in the Whole Wide World Saturday July 2, 2005 Tuesday, October 18, 2005 Charlie and Lola are planning a picnic with Marv and Lotta. But will the event be spoilt when the weather turns? Two
13 It Wasn't Me! Monday July 25, 2005 Wednesday, October 19, 2005 Charlie tells Lola not to touch his wonderful home-made model rocket, but Lola just can't resist when she and Soren Lorenson have to use it to transport a sad elephant home to the jungle. But when the rocket gets broken, Lola has trouble admitting that she did it. Three
14 It's a Secret... Monday August 15, 2005 Thursday, October 20, 2005 It is Charlie's birthday, and Lola knows what his birthday surprise is. Will she be able to stop herself blurting it out and spoiling it? One
15 I Love Going to Granny and Grandpa's... It's Just That... Monday November 21, 2005 Friday, October 21, 2005 Charlie and Lola are going to stay at Granny and Grandpa's house by the sea. Lola loves going to Granny and Grandpa's, but she is worried about remembering to pack everything. Then she is worried about missing Mum and Dad, and them missing her. One This episode is sometimes listed as simply "I Love Going to Granny and Grandpa's".
16 I Do Not Ever, Never Want My Wobbly Tooth to Fall Out Monday August 22, 2005 Monday, October 24, 2005 Lola has a wobbly tooth, but does not want it to fall out. That is, until she learns about the tooth fairy, who will leave her money in exchange for her tooth. Four
17 Say "Cheese" Tuesday August 23, 2005 Tuesday, October 25, 2005 Lola must keep clean for a whole day for her first school photograph. But keeping clean for a whole day is so difficult! Three
18 I'm Just Not Keen on Spiders Wednesday August 24, 2005 Wednesday, October 26, 2005 Lola finds a spider in the flat. She isn't keen on spiders. Charlie tries to show her that spiders are nice. Soon, Lola has grown to quite like the little creepy crawly. But after they have put the spider outside, the weather turns, and Lola is worried about her new friend. One
19 Snow Is My Favorite and My Best Monday December 12, 2005 Thursday, October 27, 2005 Snow is forecast and Lola can't wait for it to arrive. When it finally arrives, Charlie, Lola, Marv, Lotta and Sizzles all have a lovely time playing in it. But when the snow melts, Lola is sad, and Charlie must try and explain it would lose its appeal if it snowed all the time. Four
20 You Won't Like This Present as Much as I Do! Thursday August 25, 2005 Friday, October 28, 2005 Lola wants to choose the best present in the world for Lotta's birthday. She chooses a doctor's kit, but doesn't think that Lotta will appreciate the kit as much as she would, and would rather like to keep it for herself. Two
21 I Must Take Completely Everything Friday August 26, 2005 Monday, October 31, 2005 Lola is going to stay at Lotta's for the night, and packs absolutely everything for them to play Cinderella. Back home, Charlie and Marv set up their racing cars track. But Lola forgets her stuff and Charlie and Marv can't find an important piece of track - teaching both parties a lesson in improvisation and imagination. Four
22 I Want to Play Music Too Monday September 19, 2005 Tuesday, November 1, 2005 Charlie and Marv are to do a musical assembly about outer space at school. Lola wants to join in and desperately wishes that she could play music too, but can't seem to master any instruments. Charlie comes up with some make-shift instruments that she might be able to manage. But on the day of the presentation, Marv is ill - who will take his place? Two
23 I'm Far Too Extremely Busy Monday January 16, 2006 Wednesday, November 2, 2005 Lola is busy playing secretary, waitress, dentist and librarian. Far too busy to play with Lotta, or Charlie, or Soren Lorenson. But Charlie's new card game, Flip Flop, is awfully tempting. One
24 I Want to Be Much More Bigger Like You Friday October 28, 2005 Thursday, November 3, 2005 Lola wishes she was taller. Charlie tries to show her that being small can have its benefits. Four
25 My Little Town Saturday April 22, 2006 Friday, November 4, 2005 Charlie and Lola have fun playing with the 'My Little Town' playset that Granny and Grandpa have bought them. But Charlie wants to build airports and play aliens, whereas Lola wants draw and build a zoo. Will they manage to share? Three
26 But I Am an Alligator Monday February 27, 2006 Monday, November 7, 2005 Granny and Grandpa have bought Lola an alligator costume. Lola loves it and insists that she will never take it off. Never. But with an upcoming school assembly presentation about things she likes, Charlie is worried that his little sister will make a fool of herself. Four

(Note: The first series is listed here in production order, the order in which it was originally broadcast in the United Kingdom and Australia. The order of episodes, on BBC One, CBeebies and ABC Australia, has been shuffled on repeat runs. The American broadcasts were also in a different order)

Series 2

Episode Number Title UK Airdate US Airdate AUS Airdate Description DVD Volume Notes
27 It Is Absolutely Completely Not Messy Monday May 1, 2006 Monday, 30 April 2007 Charlie and Lola's parents tell them to clean their bedroom. Charlie is willing, but has a very hard time getting Lola to cooperate. Five
28 I Spy with My Little Eyes Monday May 1, 2006 Friday, 27 April 2007 Lola likes playing spying - observing things and then drawing them. But in doing so, she and Soren Lorenson become convinced that a family of wolves has moved in next door! Eight
29 I Am Extremely Magic Saturday May 6, 2006 Tuesday, 01 May 2007 Charlie has a new magic kit and dazzles Lola and their friends with his tricks. Lola thinks that if Charlie is magic, that must mean that she is magic too; So she becomes very frustrated when she can't seem to do any tricks. Eight
30 This Is Actually My Party Monday May 22, 2006 Wednesday, 02 May 2007 It is Charlie's birthday, and he is planning a monster-themed birthday party. But Lola doesn't like the theme and starts changing everything - much to the annoyance of Charlie. Seven
31 How Many More Minutes? Saturday May 6, 2006 Thursday, 03 May 2007 Charlie and Lola have to make their own amusements when they have to wait for Mum in the dentist's waiting room. Six
32 I Am Collecting a Collection Monday May 22, 2006 Friday, 04 May 2007 Charlie is collecting a set of plastic dinosaur figures from cereal packets, and Lola decides that she'd like to collect something too. But what will she collect? Six
33 My Best Best Bestest Friend Monday July 3, 2006 Monday, 07 May 2007 Lola and Lotta are best friends. But when Lotta is asked to watch over Evie, a new girl at school, Lotta starts to lose interest in Lola, and Lola is worried and upset that she has lost her beloved friend forever. Seven
34 Lucky, Lucky Me Thursday June 22, 2006 Tuesday, 08 May 2007 Lola feels extremely lucky. But when she and Charlie set out to go to the cinema to see the movie of their favourite character, 'Bat Cat', a series of events convinces Lola that her luck has run out, and that she may never be lucky again. Seven Although he can be spotted on Lola's lunch-box in several episodes previously, this episode formally introduces Charlie and Lola's favourite super-hero, 'Bat Cat'.
35 I Just Love My Red Shiny Shoes Thursday June 22, 2006 Wednesday, 09 May 2007 Lola's favourite shiny red shoes are too small for her. Charlie takes her to buy a new pair, but Lola wants to keep the pair that she has. Seven
36 I Really Wonder What Plant I'm Growing Monday July 3, 2006 Thursday 10 May 2007 Lola is impressed by the tomato plant that Charlie is growing (even though she doesn't like tomatoes). She decides to grow a plant of her own. She gets a seed - but doesn't know what it will grow. Eight
37 Charlie Is Broken! Monday August 28, 2006 Charlie and Lola are rehearsing a circus show for Granny and Grandpa, with Charlie juggling and Lola desperately trying to do forward rolls. But when he is playing football in the park with Marv, Charlie breaks his arm. Will the show go on? Eight
38 I Will Be Especially, Very Careful Monday August 28, 2006 Lola loves Lotta's soft, white new coat. She swaps the coat for a handbag that Mum gave her until school tomorrow, promising to take good care of it. But a series of events threatens to spoil the coat. Five
39 Yes I Am No You're Not Monday September 4, 2006 Charlie and Lola are looking forward to a Chinese puppet show, but they can't stop squabbling with each other. Their parents tell them that they won't be allowed to see the show unless they behave. Will they manage to stop arguing for long enough? Five
40 I Am Really, Really, Really Concentrating Monday September 4, 2006 School sports day is coming up. Charlie and Marv are going to do the three legged race, and Lotta is going to enter the octopus (obstacle) race. But what event will Lola be good at? Maybe the egg and spoon race. Eight
41 Will You Please Stop Messing About Monday January 15, 2007 Mum has told Charlie and Lola that they must have a big tidy up, or else Charlie won't be able to watch his favourite television programme, Space Family Hudson. But all Lola seems to want to do is play games. Seven
42 I Completely Know About Guinea Pigs Monday January 15, 2007 Lola wants to look after Burt, the class Guinea Pig, over the holidays. Lola finds out all about how to look after Guinea Pigs properly, and is allowed to bring Burt home. At first all is well, but then Burt goes missing. Eight
43 What if I Get Lost in the Middle of Nowhere? Friday November 10, 2006 Lola has a fear of getting lost. She is not looking forward to the school trip and would rather stay behind. Charlie teaches her some methods that should stop her getting lost and help her if she does - but the school trip turns out to be to a giant maze. How will Lola cope? Seven
44 Welcome to Lolaland Friday November 10, 2006 Charlie and Marv are learning Spanish. Lola would like to learn a foreign language too, but can't grasp it. With Soren Lorenson, she decides to make up her own imaginary language and place - Lolaland. Six
45 Please May I Have Some of Yours? Monday October 9, 2006 Granny and Grandpa are taking Charlie and Lola to the zoo. But Lola eats up all of her sandwiches before lunch, wastes all her bread to feed to the ducks in one go, uses up all of her camera film, and spends all of her money - when she is so set on buying a toy seal for the bath. Charlie reluctantly helps her out - but will she ever learn to save things for herself? Five
46 Can You Maybe Turn the Light On? Monday October 9, 2006 After Charlie reads her a story about an ogre, Lola is frightened of the dark. But all of the things she wants to make her feel safer keep Charlie awake. Five The voice of the Ogre is provided by Abel Lundie-Brown, no doubt a relation of Jethro Lundie-Brown, who provided the voice of Charlie in the first series.
47 You Can Be My Friend Saturday August 11, 2007 While Marv's Dad takes Marv and Charlie to the insect house, Lola is left in the company of Marv's little brother, Morten. But Morten is rather quiet and shy, and doesn't seem to want to play any of the games that Lola suggests. Five
48 I Wish I Could Draw Exactly More Like You Saturday August 11, 2007 Charlie, Marv, Lola, and Lotta all have to draw pictures of their houses for a school project. They all have their own ways of drawing, and look at some famous paintings for inspiration. Six
49 I Will Not Ever Never Forget You, Nibbles Monday February 26, 2007 Charlie and Lola get a pet mouse, which they name Nibbles. Nibbles can do lots of tricks, and they love him very much. But eventually, Nibbles dies, and the siblings must learn to cope with the upset of losing a pet. Six Called "I Will Miss Our Mouse Too Much" on the DVD.
50 Never Ever Never Step on the Cracks Monday February 26, 2007 Lola is very superstitious, and believes everything that people tell her. She hops to bed so the sea-ticklers won't tickle her, sleeps tightly so the bed bugs won't bite, washes really hard behind her ears so mushrooms won't grow there, and turns around three times when she sees a magpie. So Charlie quickly regrets when he tells her not to step on the cracks in the pavement or else the bears that live underneath will get her. Six
51 Look After Your Planet Sunday April 22, 2007 Lola learns all about recycling, and doing things to save the planet. In a magazine, she and Charlie spot a competition to win your very own tree if you recycle 100 things. They decide to enter - and Lola is determined to recycle everything. Everything. Seven
52 Too Many Big Words Sunday April 22, 2007 Lola is learning to count and read at school. But she finds it very difficult and does not like it. Eventually, Charlie persuades her to give it a try, and helps her read about Picolo, a little bird who cannot sing. Five Elements in this episode are adapted from Lauren Child's original book, I Am Too Absolutely Small For School.

(Note: The second series is listed here in its production order, the order in which it was originally broadcast on CBeebies and BBC Two in the United Kingdom. The episodes were broadcast in a slightly different order in America.)

Charlie and Lola Christmas Special

Episode Number Title UK Airdate US Airdate AUS Airdate Description DVD Volume Notes
53 How Many More Minutes Until Christmas? Sunday 24 December 2006 Saturday December 16, 2006 Monday December 24, 2007 Lola is ever so extremely excited about Christmas. But it seems that it may be ruined, first when she accidentally mixes up her Christmas card to Lotta with her letter to Father Christmas, and then when the door for Christmas Day goes missing on her and Charlie's advent calendar. She and Charlie go through the calendar into the North Pole and find out the mystery of the missing advent calendar door. Eight This episode is double-length.

Charlie and Lola Autumn Special

Episode Number Title UK Airdate US Airdate Description Notes
54 Everything Is Different and Not the Same Saturday November 3, 2007 Saturday October 13, 2007 It is the beginning of Autumn term at school, and Lola finds that everything is different. She and Lotta have new sitting places, she has a new teacher, the school smells funny, and the leaves have fallen off of her favourite tree. Eventually, she decides to hibernate and wait for Spring. This episode is double-length, shown ahead of Season 3.

Series 3

Episode Number Title UK Airdate US Airdate Description Notes
55 I Really Absolutely Must Have Glasses Monday November 26, 2007 Friday November 17, 2007 Lola refuses to have her eyes tested at the optician's. She has tested them herself, 'and they are really very clever'. Until, that is, Mini Reader appears at school with the most beautiful pair of glasses Lola has ever seen. Now, Lola can't wait to have her eyes tested because she 'absolutely does need glasses'. But when she finds out she doesn't need glasses, and feels very frustrated, Charlie makes her her very own glasses.
56 Thunder Completely Does Not Scare Me Tuesday November 27, 2007 Friday November 17, 2007 Lola asks, is there is a big hungry giant up in the sky with a rumbly tummy, or is the sky going to fall down? Wooden spoons and biscuit trays holds the answer to helping Charlie stop Lola from being frightened.
57 I Slightly Want to Go Home Wednesday November 28, 2007 Saturday June 21, 2008 Lola is going to Lotta's house for her first ever sleepover, and it couldn't be more exciting. But, little by little, Lola realises everything is a bit different from her normal bedtime. Lotta brushes her teeth after bath time, not before! Even a midnight feast can't cheer her up. When it's finally time to put the light out, Lola admits that she wants to go home. Although in this episode it is claimed that Lola is sleeping overnight at Lotta's for the first time, she had actually done so already in the first season's 'I Must Take Completely Everything'.
58 I Am Extremely Absolutely Boiling Thursday November 29, 2007 Saturday June 21, 2008 It's extremely hot and Charlie and Lola are trying to stay cool. Lola falls out with Arnold but ends up friends again.
59 I Can Train Your Dog Friday November 30, 2007 Saturday January 12, 2008 Marv's Mum says that Sizzles really is a very naughty dog but Lola knows this isn't true. Sizzle just needs some practice! Charlie and Lola take Sizzles back to their flat and set about training him. Things aren't going well, until they discover that Sizzles will do anything for a sausage!
60 Do Not Ever Never Let Go Monday December 3, 2007 Saturday January 12, 2008 Lola and Lotta both love their tricycles but when Lotta is given her big cousin's bike. Now, Lola wants a big bike too! She gets Charlie's old one and is delighted. But when Lola gets to the park, she discovers that Lotta has taken her stabilisers off. Lola has to learn to ride without stabilisers too, and it's not as easy as it looks!
61 Our Shop Sells Everything Tuesday December 4, 2007 Saturday February 9, 2008 Lola and Lotta have got a pretend shop that sells everything. They're having great fun until they accidentally sell Charlie's swimming goggles to Morten, their only customer. Charlie wants his goggles back immediately, but Morten doesn't want to swap the goggles for anything.
62 I Am Inventing a Usefullish Invention Wednesday December 5, 2007 Saturday February 9, 2008 Charlie and Marv have to come up with an invention for a school project by tomorrow. Lola reckons that she's an extremely good inventor too, and keeps interrupting their efforts with ideas of her own. The boys have got to invent something really fantastic and time is running out. Just as they are beginning to panic, Lola the Inventor stumbles on a brilliant idea!
63 But We Always Do It Like This Thursday December 6, 2007 Sunday September 7, 2008 When Charlie and Lola visit Granny and Grandpa they always build an extremely special sandcastle on the beach, and they always do it together. This time a little girl, and her whole family, is determined to join in and Lola's not too happy about it.
64 I Can't Stop Hiccupping! Friday December 7, 2007 Sunday September 7, 2008 Lola and Lotta are practising their song for the school concert when Lola gets a fit of the hiccups. At first it's very funny, but soon she just wants her hiccups to go away. Everyone tries to help Lola get rid of her hiccups, but will they go before the big performance?
65 I Am Completely Hearing and Also Listening Monday December 10, 2007 Monday December 10, 2007 Lola thinks that she's good at listening. However, her not listening leads to problems at home and at school. When Arnold Wolf invites everybody to his house for a Batcat party, Lola doesn't listen to the instructions, and Charlie and Lola miss the party. Lola has to become a good listener.
66 But I Don't Really Like This Present Tuesday December 11, 2007 Monday December 10, 2007 Lola doesn't like the hat that Lotta gives her. It's itchy and it has "dangly bits". Even Soren Lorenson, Lola's imaginary friend, thinks it wouldn't be too bad if she lost the hat by accident. It's only when she really does lose it that Lola realizes her friendship with Lotta is more important. Also known as "But I Really Don't Like This Present" (as "really and "don't" were switched by mistake).
67 I Can Dance Like a Dancer Wednesday December 12, 2007 Saturday March 29, 2008 Lola is sure that she is a good dancer. But some dancing is a bit too swirly, ballet is too floaty, while tap dancing is too shuffly and not tappy enough. Just when she thinks she will never ever be any good, Lola finds a way of combining all the different dances and coming up with one big special dance all of her own - Lola dancing.
68 Help! I Really Mean It! Friday April 4, 2008 Saturday March 29, 2008 Granny and Grandpa's cat, Caspar, has come to stay with Charlie and Lola. Lola loves looking after Caspar but keeps calling for Charlie's help. Lola and Lotta think that it's quite fun calling for Charlie and watching him come running. Fun, that is, until Caspar gets stuck up in the sky and Lola and Lotta really need Charlie's help.
69 I Would Like to Actually Keep It Friday April 11, 2008 Saturday April 19, 2008 Lola finds a toy rabbit outside her school and takes it home with her after nobody claims it by hometime. Charlie and Lola put up posters of the rabbit so that it's owner can claim it back but Lola eventually decides she would rather keep it for herself.
70 It's Raining, It's Boring Friday April 18, 2008 Saturday April 19, 2008 Marv finds a compendium of games and tries to play every game before the rain stops.
71 I Am Goody the Good Friday April 25, 2008 Saturday May 17, 2008 Lola decides to be helpful like the hero of her book, Goody the Good.
72 What Can I Wear for Halloween? Friday May 9, 2008 TBA Charlie, Lola, Lotta and Marv have been growing a pumpkin all year for the Halloween party. Lola can't decide what to wear, and the boy from downstairs shatters the pumpkin: the party is ruined!
73 But Marv Is Absolutely Charlie's Best Friend Friday May 16, 2008 TBA Lola is distraught when she sees Charlie and Marv playfighting. To make things worse, someone called Jack is claiming to be Marv's new best friend. Lola and Lotta hatch a plan to get them back together - involving pirates!
74 I Am Making a Craze Friday May 23, 2008 Saturday July 26, 2008 Everyone is hooley hooping - Charlie, Marv, Lotta - in fact, the whole school is hooley hooping, and Lola has had enough. She decides to make up a new craze, but soon realises it's not as easy as you might think. Until she hits on 'Cuppy Catch-Ball'.
75 But Where Completely Are We? Friday May 30, 2008 Saturday July 26, 2008 Charlie and Lola's parents let them go 'camping' in the garden. Charlie is kitted up like a real explorer, and is all excited by the prospect of wild animals, survival and living off the land, but Lola isn't so sure.
76 I Really, Really Need Actual Ice Skates Friday June 6, 2008 TBA Having begged Granny and Grandad for a scooter, Lola suddenly decides that what she really wants is a pair of white, sparkly ice skates. Charlie warns her that they will end up like her yoyo- neglected at the bottom of her cupboard. But Lola is convinced that if she gets them she'll be the best ice skater in the whole school.
77 I Am Going to Save a Panda Friday June 20, 2008 Saturday August 30, 2008 Lola and Lotta are adopting a panda and decide to raise money by getting sponsored to do difficult things. Charlie will balance an apple on his head, Marv will stand on one leg, Lotta is going to skip and Lola hop. Then Lola wakes up ill and Mum says she has to stay in bed. How will she save a panda now?
78 I've Got Nobody to Play With Friday June 27, 2008 Saturday August 30, 2008 Playing Piggy in the Middle is fun, but you need other people. Charlie is going out and Lotta has a cold. So Lola has no one to play with - until she remembers her imaginary friend Soren Lorenson.
79 It is Very Special and Extremely Ancient Friday July 4, 2008 Saturday May 17, 2008 Lola and her best friend Lotta find out what a fossil is and are determined to find one. Charlie doesn't think they will. Undeterred, Lola searches her lunchbox, the sandpit and the rockery. They find all sorts of things, but no fossils. Maybe their luck will change at the beach?
80 I Wish I Could do that, and also that too Saturday August 23, 2008 TBA Lola promises to play beads with her friend from school, but then Marv invites her to his space party on the same day! She did promise, but there's going to be games and cake at Marv's house.
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  • Season Three will stretch to 26 episodes and a 30-minute special.
  • The information list for Season Three above is taken from the Radio Times and the final episode order as found on any forthcoming DVDs may be different.
  • Season Three began airing on the UK digital channel CBeebies in 16:9 aspect from November 26, 2007 to December 12, 2007.
  • It appears that the series will continue from April 4, 2008 on CBeebies; however, the schedule seems to be limited to a new episode every Friday evening at 18:15, not every day, as the run of episodes is interspersed with ones from other seasons.
  • Episodes in Season Three include a 30-second title, 10 minutes of content and 15 seconds of credits exactly.

DVD Releases

As of April 13 2008, there are currently eight official volumes of Charlie and Lola episodes. These cover series one (volumes 1 to 4) and series two (volumes 5 to 8) and are available in Region One and Two formats. In addition to this there is a boxed set for season one, which comes as a standard boxed set or as a special edition in a tin lunchbox, and a boxed set for seasons one and two (which is scheduled for U.S. release on October 14, 2008).

The Charlie and Lola Album

Charlie and Lola's Favourite and Best Music Record was released on 19 March 2007, aimed at parents as well as children. The music is largely a development of existing interstitial and theme music taken from series 1 and 2. There are elements of easy listening, lounge, big band jazz, reggae, bluegrass, eastern European, sci-fi, Latin, classical and film music. There are 17 tracks plus one hidden track, with the programme's theme tune opening and closing the album.

Each track includes spoken word extracts from the series. In many cases, these are manipulated to fit with the musical accompaniment.

"The Bestest in the Barn" was released as a single on March 12, 2007. It features Lola and Lotta teaching various animals on their farm how to sing, dance and play music. This is the only track on the album which does not appear in any episode. Lola and Lotta do however appear as farmers in "I Do Not Ever Never Want My Wobbly Tooth To Fall Out". They also have a tendency to imagine that animals are capable of developing impressive human skills, as seen in "We Do Promise Honestly We Can Look After Your Dog" and "I Will Not Ever Never Forget You Nibbles".

The album is a collaboration between various composers and musicians who write and perform for the TV series. Much of the music is programmed but many tracks feature performances by musicians from London based bands – Menlo Park, Polar Bear and Acoustic Ladyland.

Four of the tracks have been animated by Tiger Aspect Productions: "The Bestest in the Barn", "Sizzles", "Batcat" and "It's Snowing". "The Bestest in the Barn" video is encoded as an mpeg on the album CD, and all four videos are included as DVD extras on the series 2 DVD collection.

Track listing

  1. Charlie and Lola Theme Tune
  2. I Really Want to Play Music
  3. The Bestest in the Barn
  4. Boo!
  5. Sizzles
  6. I will not ever Never eat a Tomato
  7. Milk Monkeys
  8. Germs
  9. Magic
  10. Bat Cat
  11. Lolaland
  12. Greendrops
  13. I am not Sleepy
  14. Martian Attack
  15. All Sleepy
  16. Can you maybe turn the Light on?
  17. Charlie and Lola Theme Tune (Extended Version)
  18. .... It's Snowing (secret track)

Music Credits

Theme Tune written by Tom Dyson and Søren Munk
Production & Arrangement with John Greswell

All other tracks written by John Greswell and produced by Greswell / Taylor for MPM London Ltd.

Except:

  • 3 written by John Greswell, Christopher Taylor, Benjamin Nicholls
  • 6, 12 written by John Greswell, Christopher Taylor
  • 7 written by Tom Dyson, Søren Munk
  • 16 written and produced by David Schweitzer

Additional Musicians

  • Andy Mellon – Trumpet / Flugel horn / Piano / Vocals / Clarinet
  • Benjamin Nicholls – Guitars / Banjo / Jews harp / Double bass / Bass guitar
  • Pete Wareham – Tenor saxophone
  • Sebastian Rochford - Drums / Percussion
  • Joe Bentley – Trombone

Demon Music Group Ltd.

BBC Worldwide Ltd.

All tracks published by Tiger Aspect / BMG Music Publishing

Sleeve Package design by David Mackintosh

Voices

  • Charlie – Jethro Lundie-Brown, Daniel Mayers
  • Lola – Masie Cowell, Clementine Cowell
  • Marv – Ryan Harris
  • Lotta – Morgan Gayle
  • Soren Lorenson – Stanley Street

Animation of promos

"The Bestest in the Barn", "Sizzles", "Batcat" and "It's Snowing" promos animated by Tiger Aspect Productions Ltd. Tom Beattie, Betti Doherty, Alistair Douglas, Catherine T. Elliot, Tim Fehrenbach, Claudia Lloyd, James O’Shea, Caroline Parkinson, Mark Patterson, Steve Perkins, Kitty Taylor, Clare Winkworth, Andrew Zein.

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