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.
Original "Charlie and Lola" books by Lauren Child:
Spin-off books based on scripts and animation from the series:
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.
(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'.)
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.
It was nominated for Best Animated Television Production at the 34th Annual Annie Awards.
|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)
|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.)
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
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.
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.
Demon Music Group Ltd.
BBC Worldwide Ltd.
All tracks published by Tiger Aspect / BMG Music Publishing
Sleeve Package design by David Mackintosh
"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.
It's People Power Rule; Epic Folk Stalwarts Bellowhead Say Democracy Is the Key to Keeping Their 11-Piece Band United. MICHAEL WOOD Chats to Them about Life on the Road
Nov 08, 2013; Byline: MICHAEL WOOD THE idea for the 11-piece folk band Bellowhead was dreamed up by members John Spiers and Jon Boden while...
No Bellow-Ing. We're One Big Happy Family; Folk Heavyweights Bellowhead Roll into Birmingham This Month but They Will Need Two Buses to Get Them Here. Michael Wood Reports
Nov 07, 2013; Byline: Michael Wood THERE are two anecdotes told about the founding of 11-piece folk group Bellowhead in 2004 - and both are...