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Hey Duggee is a British animated educational preschool television series aimed at 2 to 5 year olds. Created by Grant Orchard,[1] it is produced by Studio AKA in association with BBC Studios.

Hey Duggee
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Created byGrant Orchard
Narrated byAlexander Armstrong
Theme music composerOliver M.A. Knowles
Composer(s)Tin Sounds
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes114
Production
Executive producer(s)Henrietta Hurford-Jones
Jackie Edwards
Sue Goffe
Producer(s)Janine Voong
Editor(s)Anna Kubik
Running time7 minutes
Production company(s)Studio AKA
DistributorBBC Studios
Release
Original networkCBeebies
Original release17 December 2014 (2014-12-17) –
present
External links
Page from Studio AKA

The programme is based around The Squirrel Club, an activity club for children. The children take part in all kinds of activities, have adventures and earn badges for their accomplishments.

Hey Duggee is airing its third series. It was first shown in December 2014. BBC and Studio AKA produced a second series in early 2016,[2] with the first episode airing in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2016. A third series was commissioned in October 2017,[3] with the first episode due to be broadcast in Autumn 2018, but was pushed back to 4 February 2019.

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ProductionEdit

The programme is animated using the computer program Flash, with a minimalist style using filled shapes with no outlines, and only effects that Flash is capable of,[4] and only the Duggee character uses any gradients. The frog character is a plain green triangle.

The production team consists of around 16 in-house animators, with six to eight scriptwriters.[4]

FormatEdit

In each episode, a situation will present itself that can be solved by learning a new skill. When the skill has been learned, and the situation resolved, the Squirrels receive one of Duggee's badges. Each episode ends with a "Duggee Hug", where all the children hug Duggee at once. They then return to their parents with the badge they have earned.

The voice of the narrator is provided by English entertainer Alexander Armstrong. The narrator frequently talks to Duggee and the children.[5]

CharactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Duggee (Sander Jones) – A brown dog who is the protagonist of the series. He is the leader of The Squirrel Club. Unlike the children, he does not speak and only communicates via the onomatopoeia "Woof". In spite of this, everybody understands him perfectly.
  • Betty (Jasmine Bartholomew) – An intelligent and imaginative octopus.
  • Happy (Duke Davis) – A tall, happy crocodile who enjoys splashing in the water and wears light teal eyeglasses. Happy is adopted,[6] and his adoptive parents are elephants.
  • Roly (Leo Templer in series 1, Dexter Varrall in later series) – An enthusiastic, loud and hyperactive hippo.
  • Tag (Alfie Sanderson) – A sweet-natured rhino with thick skin.
  • Norrie (Poppie Boyes series 1&2) (Bella Green series 3 latest) – A chatty, silly and fast moving mouse.

SupportingEdit

  • Sander Jones as Enid – Duggee's pet cat.
  • Sander Jones as the Rabbits – They live in the field near the clubhouse. They all speak in similar voices and sound like 1960's hippies. Besides one that speaks French.
  • Phillip Warner as Naughty Monkey.
  • Grant Orchard as Mice – A gang of three trouble-making mice styled as a 50's biker gang; usually leaving with the phrase "Let's bounce".
  • Adam Longworth as Lord Fingal of Skye Castle – A Scottish Scottish Terrier wearing a kilt.
  • Adam Longworth as the Soldier Ants – An army of ants in uniform. A large ant is a parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • Adam Longworth as Tino the Artistic Mouse – A mouse who is a perfectionist and whom Roly describes as grumpy.
  • Adam Longworth as Hedgley – An African-American accented hedgehog.
  • Adam Longworth as John Crab – A dramatic orange crab. He is in an same-sex relationship with a mute crab named Nigel.
  • Adam Longworth as Eugene – The leader of the parade.
  • Adam Longworth as Penguins – First seen in "The Snowman Badge," they make fun of Duggee's snowman.
  • Adam Longworth as Thora and Agnes, the two old deers – (Old Dear is a British term for an elderly lady, sometimes used derogatively).[7]
  • Phillip Warner as King Tiger
  • Poppy Green as and crying voice Charley Orchard as Duglee – Duggee's little nephew who loves to cause chaos in the clubhouse.
  • Lucy Montgomery as Hennie – A tall, sports-loving ostrich.
  • Phillip Warner as Wilbert/Chipmunk – A postman.
  • Sander Jones as Diesel – An angry bull who often chases Duggee and the squirrels.
  • Lucy Montgomery as Chew Chew the Panda- A confectionery-loving panda.
  • The Hummingbirds – The other group of young animals in Jamboree, with their very own version of Duggee. In Jamboree, these were Finbar and Merry (voiced by Charley Orchard), Chad (voiced by Bastian Varrall), Rochelle (voiced by Poppy Green) and Ottie/Otzi (voiced by Sean Orchard)
  • Morgana Robinson as Peggee – A wildebeest in Jamboree. She is the leader of The Hummingbird Club. Unlike Duggee, she does speak English.
  • Morgana Robinson as Katarina the Flamingo – the lead swimmer of a synchronised swimming team.
  • Morgana Robinson as Buggee – a small bug who feels useless due to her small size until the Squirrels show her otherwise.

Release, merchandise and other licensing dealsEdit

BroadcastEdit

The series made British television debut when the episode "The Tinsel Badge" was aired in advance on 17 December 2014 as a Christmas special on CBeebies. Its regular run began on 12 January 2015, when the first episode, "The Drawing Badge", was shown.

Internationally, the series is distributed by BBC Worldwide, a commercial arm of the BBC which also operates the versions of CBeebies channel in select areas outside the UK.

A deal announced on 23 February 2015 by BBC Worldwide for the series include RTÉ in the Republic of Ireland, France Télévisions in France, YLE in Finland, NRK in Norway, SVT in Sweden, and RÚV in Iceland.[8]

In Italy, The series premiered on 6 June 2016 on Cartoonito.

In the United States, The series premiered on 11 July 2016 on Nick Jr. with the first episode The Drawing Badge.[9]

In Latvia, LTV1 premiered the series on 2 September 2017 with a second series. On 15 October through 4 November, 12 episodes were announced including a Halloween special in the UK and most countries.

Home media and online viewingEdit

In the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, BBC Worldwide so far released two volumes of DVDs, each containing ten episodes. All of the episodes have now been made available through iTunes and Netflix (UK), with s number of episodes also free on Amazon Prime (UK).

On February 20th, 2019, the first season (52 episodes) of the series was made available or streaming on Nickelodeon's NOGGIN streaming video service in the USA.

AdaptationsEdit

In the UK, the BBC Children's Books imprint published books based on the series.

Merchandise and other licensesEdit

Golden Bear Toys manufactures Hey Duggee toys sold in the UK.

As of May 2015, Jasnor holds the master toy license in Australia and New Zealand.[10]

"Stick Song"Edit

The "Stick Song" premiered in the series 2 episode, Hey Duggee: The Stick Badge, which was first broadcast in the UK on 7 December 2017. Duggee and the Squirrels are making a campfire when Roly discovers one of his sticks can talk. The talking stick begins to chant the word "stick!" repeatedly. The chant is set to dance music and the stick sings and dances to the beat.

To date, the "Stick Song" has been viewed more than 3.5 million times on YouTube.[11] The track has been featured on BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Newsnight.[12] There is a heavy metal cover version[13] and a special version of the song was done for the 2018 FIFA World Cup called "Kick! Kick! Kick! (The Kick Song)".[14]

There are many versions of this song done, making it the show's ultimate internet meme. Several examples of this include the following:

  • Original
  • Sing-Along Version (CBeebies YouTube Channel)
  • CBeebies House Continuity Presentation Version (CBeebies YouTube Channel)
  • 5 minute loop
  • Stick Badge Cookies/Biscuits DIY Craft Video
  • Dance with Duggee (done with real life kids)
  • Arcade Version
  • Heavy Metal Version
  • Live from Rave A Roo
  • 60 minute/1 hour loop
  • 2018 FIFA Soccer/Football World Cup Parody (The Kick! Song)
  • Performances during Hey Duggee Live at CBeebies Land Alton Towers
  • Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games Parody (The Ski! Song)

Usage of classical musicEdit

There have been several episodes when Duggee uses classical music (most classical songs from the Baby Einstein Company library) to make the plots of the episodes more bright or dramatic.

Several examples include;

  • "Entry of the Gladiators" by Julius Fucik – used in The Circus Badge
  • "Moonlight Sonata 1st Movement" by Ludwig van Beethoven – used in The Bubble Badge
  • "Carmen Suite No. 1" by Georges Bizet – used in The Footprint Badge
  • "Symphony No. 9, New World" by Antonin Dvorak – used in The Going Slow Badge
  • "Symphony No. 6" by Ludwig van Beethoven – used in The Going Slow Badge
  • "Here Comes the Bride" by Richard Wagner – used in The Wedding Badge
  • "Wedding March" by Felix Mendelsohn – used in The Wedding Badge

EpisodesEdit

Series 1 (2014–2015)Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Tinsel Badge"Grand OrchardSam Morrison17 December 2014 (2014-12-17) (In advance)
This episode was premiered in advance on 17 December 2014 as a Christmas special before the series' regular run.
2"The Drawing Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard12 January 2015 (2015-01-12)
Duggee and the Squirrels stay indoors because it is raining outside, and they decide to do some drawing.
3"The Cake Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard13 January 2015 (2015-01-13)
While playing outside, Happy comes across a cake in a field and eats it. The owners of the cake, who turn out to be rabbits, are not very pleased with that.
4"The Hair Badge"Grant OrchardMyles McLeod14 January 2015 (2015-01-14)

The Squirrels try to help fix Duggee's hair.

Note: This is the first episode to center around the title character himself only.
5"The Summer Holiday Badge (or "The Summer Vacation Badge")"Grant OrchardMyles McLeod15 January 2015 (2015-01-15)
The Squirrels pack summer holiday (summer vacation) stuff for a bird named Mawk, who was migrating to "find summer" just with a photo camera around his neck and a toothbrush in a suitcase.
6"The Rescue Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard16 January 2015 (2015-01-16)

Duggee and the Squirrels rescue Enid the cat, who was stuck on a tree branch while chasing a mouse.

Note: This is the first episode to focus on Enid.
7"The Super Squirrel Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard19 January 2015 (2015-01-19)

Duggee and the Squirrels play superheroes, eventually helping a little duck to find its family.

Note: Out of all the Squirrels, this episode (possibly) centers around Betty.
8"The Jam Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard20 January 2015 (2015-01-20)

The Squirrels are watching Duggee making a jar of jam when a "naughty monkey" steals a barrel of fruits; the gang eventually share jam toasts with the monkey.

Note: This is, presumably, the first episode to focus on all 5 of the Squirrels.
9"The Treasure Hunt Badge"Grant OrchardDanny Stack21 January 2015 (2015-01-21)
The Squirrels, using a treasure map, go on an adventure to find a treasure to bring to Duggee. It turns out that the treasure was, in fact, located near the Clubhouse.
10"The Scarecrow Badge"Grant OrchardDanny Stack22 January 2015 (2015-01-22)
To stop some birds, which are crows, from eating Duggee's grain, the Squirrels decide to build a scarecrow in order to scare the birds away. Betty, Happy, Norrie, and Tag help Duggee with the scarecrow, while Roly keeps a close eye on the birds.
11"The Funny Face Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard23 January 2015 (2015-01-23)
Duggee and the Squirrels decide to try and cheer up their friend Whoooooo the Shamanistic Owl.
12"The Bouncing Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard26 January 2015 (2015-01-26)

Duggee puts up a bouncy castle for Tag on his (Tag's) birthday.

Note: Out of all the Squirrels, this episode focuses mostly on Tag due to the plot happening on his birthday.
13"The Leaf Badge"Grant OrchardDanny Stack27 January 2015 (2015-01-27)
A weird noise is heard while Duggee and the Squirrels go for a walk in the woods while searching for a new leaf for Duggee.
14"The Omelette Badge"Grant OrchardDanny Stack28 January 2015 (2015-01-28)
Duggee wants to make omelettes, but there are no eggs, so Duggee and the Squirrels need to find the chickens and get them to help.
15"The Food Growing Badge"Grant OrchardSam Morrison29 January 2015 (2015-01-29)

The Squirrels want to grow things after they see Duggee doing this as well. However, Happy doesn't think that his strawberry (which he had chosen to grow) will grow at all.

Note: This episode mostly centers around Happy.
16"The Paddling Pool Badge (or "The Wading Pool Badge)"Grant OrchardJames Henry30 January 2015 (2015-01-30)
On a hot day, Duggee gets out his big paddling pool (wading pool). The Squirrels love paddling pools, especially Happy.
17"The Paper Boat Badge"Grant OrchardSam Morrison2 February 2015 (2015-02-02)
The Squirrels learn how to make a paper boat from Duggee. They also do this in order to help some ants get to a picnic.
18"The Castle Badge"Grant OrchardMyles McLeod3 February 2015 (2015-02-03)
Duggee and the Squirrels hear a spooky voice coming from a tower in a big castle.
19"The Show & Tell Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard4 February 2015 (2015-02-04)
The Squirrels watch Duggee 'Show and Tell' something interesting, and then they decide to find their own things for Show and Tell, too.
20"The Rocking Horse Badge"Grant OrchardJo Clegg5 February 2015 (2015-02-05)
Duggee and the Squirrels fix Bucky, Duggee's old rocking horse, and then the Squirrels play with him (Bucky).
21"The Get Well Soon Badge"Grant OrchardSander Jones6 February 2015 (2015-02-06)

Duggee and the Squirrels (except Norrie) help other animals in trouble while the team heads to Norrie's house to give her a Get Well Soon card.

Note: This episode centers around Norrie due to her being sick, despite her not being seen for most of the plot.
22"The Hiccup Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard9 February 2015 (2015-02-09)
The Squirrels' friend, Worm, has the hiccups, so the Squirrels need to cure him, and as usual, they turn to Duggee for some help.
23"The Maze Badge"Grant OrchardPhillip Warner10 February 2015 (2015-02-10)
The Squirrels create a maze from items they find in Duggee's workshop. However, their maze works too well when Duggee gets lost in it, so the Squirrels must find him.
24"The Rain Dance Badge"Grant OrchardDanny Stack11 February 2015 (2015-02-11)
The Squirrels are taught a rain dance by Duggee in order to give his flowers water on a hot day.
25"The Acorn Badge"Grant OrchardSam Morrison12 February 2015 (2015-02-12)
Duggee gets the Squirrels to gather acorns and give them, for free, to other animals, who are about to hibernate.
26"The Balloon Badge"Grant OrchardDanny Stack13 February 2015 (2015-02-13)

Duggee shows off his balloon blowing skills to the Squirrels. They want the balloons, but Duggee 'tells' them that they are for Tino the Artistic Mouse on his (Tino's) birthday.

Note: This episode centers around Tino due to the plot happening on his birthday.
27"The Hide and Seek Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard8 June 2015 (2015-06-08)

Duggee and the Squirrels play hide-and-seek. Duggee is the one seeking, and he manages to find all the Squirrels. All of them except Roly, that is. So that leaves only one question: Where could Roly be?

Note: This episode centers mostly around Roly.
28"The Sheep Badge"Grant OrchardPhillip Warner9 June 2015 (2015-06-09)
Duggee and the Squirrels must get 10 missing sheep back into their field after they (the sheep) appear in the Clubhouse.
29"The Spider Badge"Grant OrchardJo Clegg10 June 2015 (2015-06-10)

A spider is discovered in the dressing-up box by Norrie.

Note: This episode centers mostly around Norrie.
30"The We Love Animals Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard11 June 2015 (2015-06-11)
The Squirrels want to find strokable animals after they see Duggee stroking Enid the cat.
31"The Snowman Badge"Grant OrchardSam Morrison12 June 2015 (2015-06-12)
Duggee and the Squirrels build a snowman.
32"The Decorating Badge"Grant OrchardJames Henry15 June 2015 (2015-06-15)
The Squirrels help Duggee to paint the Clubhouse. They all get some more help from Tino.
33"The Tidy Up Badge"Grant OrchardSam Morrison16 June 2015 (2015-06-16)
It's time to clean up the Clubhouse, and Duggee has bought a new vacuum cleaner.
34"The Circus Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard17 June 2015 (2015-06-17)
Duggee and the Squirrels are excited by the arrival of the circus, but not when they find out it's a flea circus.
35"The Egg Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard18 June 2015 (2015-06-18)
It's time for Chicken to lay her egg. She does, but when the egg runs away, the Squirrels must find it and give it back to Chicken.
36"The Puppy Badge"Grant OrchardJo Clegg19 June 2015 (2015-06-19)
Duggly, Duggee's baby nephew, stays over at the Clubhouse.
37"The Cardboard Box Badge"Grant OrchardJames Henry22 June 2015 (2015-06-22)
Duggee and the Squirrels have fun with an old cardboard box that Duggee ordered.
38"The Caterpillar Badge"Grant OrchardJames Henry23 June 2015 (2015-06-23)

Tag befriends a very hungry caterpillar, and soon he decides to show the caterpillar to his friends.

Note: This episode centers mostly around Tag.
39"The Sandcastle Badge"Grant OrchardMyles McLeod24 June 2015 (2015-06-24)
Mr. Crab and his friend, Nigel, need help from Duggee and the Squirrels to build them a new home. The Squirrels manage to do this with their knowledge on building sandcastles.
40"The Football Badge (Also known as "The Soccer Badge")"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard25 June 2015 (2015-06-25)

Innocent of the rules of association football, the Squirrels still want to play the game with Duggee.

Note: In the American and Canadian versions of this episode, the sport is called Soccer, as opposed to its original title of Football (for which the sport is called in the rest of the world, and has little similarity to American football).
41"The Puppet Show Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard26 June 2015 (2015-06-26)
Duggee and the Squirrels want to show everyone their latest adventure by performing a puppet show.
42"The Birdwatching Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard19 October 2015 (2015-10-19)
What better way to observe birds than using Duggee's binoculars? Duggee and the Squirrels look for more birds, but their bird sightings keep getting constantly, and unsurprisingly, spoiled by Roly.
43"The Big Parade Badge"Grant OrchardJo Clegg20 October 2015 (2015-10-20)
After Eugene, the leader of the Big Parade, hurts his leg, Duggee and the Squirrels lend a hand (or paw).
44"The Be Careful Badge"Grant OrchardDanny Stack21 October 2015 (2015-10-21)

Duggee and the Squirrels rescue Naughty Monkey after he falls into a hole.

Note: This episode centers around Naughty Monkey, making this his most recognizable major role.
45"The First Aid Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard22 October 2015 (2015-10-22)

Duggee and the Squirrels give first aid to Tag after he hurts his knee.

Note: This episode centers around Tag due to him hurting his knee.
46"The Bubble Badge"Grant OrchardSam Morrison23 October 2015 (2015-10-23)

Happy has trouble blowing bubbles with Duggee and the rest of the Squirrels.

Note: This episode centers around Happy.
47"The Submarine Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard26 October 2015 (2015-10-26)

It's a day out for Duggee and the Squirrels as they go on an underwater adventure with Betty's dad in his submarine.

Note: This is the first, and currently only, episode where one of the Squirrels' parents (Betty's in this case) plays a big role in it.
48"The Detective Badge"Grant OrchardPhillip Warner27 October 2015 (2015-10-27)
Duggee puts his homemade apple pie on the windowsill to cool down, but then it disappears. Who took it? Can the Squirrels find out? They'll have to be good detectives in order to solve this mystery.
49"The Sewing Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard28 October 2015 (2015-10-28)
Duggee and the Squirrels are sewing ponchos when they hear a loud noise. They must investigate and find out what the noise is.
50"The Surprise Badge"Grant OrchardSam Morrison29 October 2015 (2015-10-29)

Duggee and the Squirrels have bought Hennie a present for her birthday. But before they surprise her, they need to wrap it up.

Note: This episode centers around Hennie due to the plot happening on her birthday.
51"The Teddy Bear Badge"Grant OrchardJo Clegg30 October 2015 (2015-10-30)
Duggee and the Squirrels take their teddy bears on a picnic, where they meet a real bear who wants a teddy too, so she can join in.
52"The Story Badge"Grant OrchardGrant Orchard2 November 2015 (2015-11-02)

The Squirrels tire themselves out with all their activities, so Duggee suggests they take a break and listen to a story.

Note: This episode focuses on all 6 main characters. This is one of the many episodes to do this. Also, this episode features many different "flashbacks" from past episodes.

Series 2 (2016–2018)Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. air date
1 (53)"The Making Music Badge"Grant OrchardJenny Landreth26 September 2016 (2016-09-26)N/A
When the Squirrels find Duggee playing a saxophone, they want to have a go too.
2 (54)"The Whistling Badge"Grant OrchardSam Morrison27 September 2016 (2016-09-27)January 26, 2019
The Squirrels want to learn how to whistle.
3 (55)"The Shape Badge"Grant OrchardDanny Stack28 September 2016 (2016-09-28)February 2, 2019
The Squirrels play a shape matching game but it might rain so they decide to go inside. Norrie is worried about the animals getting wet so they try and find places to keep them dry.
4 (56)"The Juice Badge"Grant OrchardJo Clegg29 September 2016 (2016-09-29)February 9, 2019
Duggee makes the Squirrels juice from fresh fruit in the garden where they meet Buggee, a little bug, who hates being too small.
5 (57)"The Footprint Badge"Grant OrchardIan Skelton30 September 2016 (2016-09-30)February 16, 2019
The Squirrels are playing hide and seek but they can't find Happy. Duggee can though – he follows Happy's footprints.
6 (58)"The Fossil Badge"Grant OrchardPhillip Warner3 October 2016 (2016-10-03)February 22, 2019
The Squirrels are digging in the garden when they find a fossil, so Duggee and the Narrator explain all about fossils and prehistoric times.
7 (59)"The Treehouse Badge"Grant OrchardJames Henry4 October 2016 (2016-10-04)March 1, 2019
Duggee is cleaning the clubhouse so the Squirrels take refuge in the treehouse, but it's getting a little bit cramped these days.
8 (60)"The Kite Badge"Grant OrchardJames Henry5 October 2016 (2016-10-05)March 12, 2019
It's a windy day and the Squirrels want to play outside. Duggee is flying his kite. The Squirrels make their own kites.
9 (61)"The Tadpole Badge"Grant OrchardJo Clegg6 October 2016 (2016-10-06)March 21, 2019
Duggee has made a rock pool, a place of calm for all the animals. The Squirrels spot the strangest things – wriggling dots with tails.
10 (62)"The Honey Badge"Grant OrchardIan Skelton7 October 2016 (2016-10-07)March 29, 2019
Duggee's made some delicious pancakes, but the clubhouse is out of honey. Time for the bees to get busy!
11 (63)"The Pottery Badge"Grant OrchardSam Morrison10 October 2016 (2016-10-10)April 3, 2019
Duggee is having a cup of tea in his favourite cup when Roly surprises him with a very loud PEEK-A-BOO! It is so loud that Duggee jumps and drops his cup which shatters into pieces. Time for a bit of pottery.
12 (64)"The Teamwork Badge"Grant OrchardDanny Stack11 October 2016 (2016-10-11)April 15, 2019
A big box of bits and pieces is delivered to the Clubhouse and the Squirrels are very excited. Duggee and the Squirrels will have to work very hard to put it all together, so it's time for a bit of teamwork.
13 (65)"The Dancing Bug Badge"Grant OrchardPhillip Warner12 October 2016 (2016-10-12)April 23, 2019
When a dancing bug lands on Duggee's head, he can't stop dancing. The Squirrels see that it's a tiny hillbilly bug with a fiddle.
14 (66)"The Train Badge"Grant OrchardJames Henry12 June 2017 (2017-06-12)May 2, 2019
Duggee is playing with his train set. Choo-choo! It's amazing! The Squirrels are curious and want to know all about it. Duggee explains that it is a toy but it works exactly like a real train. Hennie arrives and she has a train too. The Squirrels ask if they can play with it. Hennie points out that "you can't play with it; you can play IN it." All aboard!
15 (67)"The Pizza Badge"Grant OrchardPhillip Warner13 June 2017 (2017-06-13)May 13, 2019
The Squirrels help Duggee try out his new outdoor pizza oven. Duggee makes the bases, then the Squirrels each put on all the toppings they like best. Some of their combinations are... interesting.
16 (68)"The Medicine Badge"Grant OrchardJo Clegg14 June 2017 (2017-06-14)TBA
Duggee's not very well. He's lost his voice. The Squirrels want to make him feel better. Duggee tries to tell them that he needs some water, but the Squirrels don't quite understand, so they ask all the other animals for advice. Does anyone have the answer?
17 (69)"The Camping Badge"Grant OrchardJenny Landreth15 June 2017 (2017-06-15)TBA
Duggee and the Squirrels are going camping. They need to find somewhere to pitch their tent but it's not as easy as they thought it would be. They all work together and finally get settled. But Tag realises he can't sleep without his teddy, and Happy would like a glass of water. Suddenly Duggee is up and down and in and out of the tent getting everything the Squirrels need. In fact, Duggee works so hard that he's the first to fall asleep.
18 (70)"The Making Friends Badge"Grant OrchardJo Clegg16 June 2017 (2017-06-16)TBA
The Squirrels are off for a jamboree to make some new friends, play games and have a picnic. They meet another group of young animals with their very own version of Duggee but everything they do is different – even Roly finds one of them too loud!
19 (71)"The River Badge"Grant OrchardSander Jones19 June 2017 (2017-06-19)TBA
Duggee has a package that needs delivering right to the other end of the river, a long way from the Clubhouse. It looks like the Squirrels are going to have a day out on the boat. Good thing Duggee has his river badge.
20 (72)"The Yoga Badge"Grant OrchardJo Clegg20 June 2017 (2017-06-20)TBA
It's one of those days. The Squirrels have arrived and they're all a little bit hyped up with bundles of energy. Things are starting to get a bit frantic and Duggee needs to calm them all down. Fortunately, he has his yoga badge.
21 (73)"The Collecting Badge"Grant OrchardIan Skelton21 June 2017 (2017-06-21)TBA
Duggee is cleaning his biscuit tin collection, one of the many things he collects. The Squirrels are inspired to start their own collections. They busy themselves doing the collecting bit, and then display their precious things in the Clubhouse. The Squirrels have made lots of great collections, but Tag has the best one of them all: things that make him happy.
22 (74)"The Shadow Badge"Grant OrchardJenny Landreth22 June 2017 (2017-06-22)15 October 2018
The sun is setting, and the Squirrels are sitting on the sofa. They've had a very busy day. Suddenly, all the lights go out! There's been a power cut (or a power outage). The Squirrels can't see anything. Thank goodness Duggee has got his torch (flashlight) – and he has torches (flashlights) for everyone.
23 (75)"The Theatre Badge"Grant OrchardDanny Stack23 June 2017 (2017-06-23)TBA
Tino and Eugene are having a disagreement about an amateur dramatic show they want to put on. One wants an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza, while the other wants a serious drama. Can Duggee and the Squirrels help them get something ready to perform?
24 (76)"The Memory Badge"Grant OrchardJames Henry26 June 2017 (2017-06-26)TBA
Happy discovers his wobbly tooth has come out, but he's lost it!
25 (77)"The Going Slow Badge"Grant OrchardDanny Stack27 June 2017 (2017-06-27)TBA
The Squirrels are rushing around, so Duggee shows them how to take a slower pace.
26 (78)"The Obstacle Course Badge"Grant OrchardJames Henry28 June 2017 (2017-06-28)TBA
Duggee and the Squirrels compete in the annual Animal Obstacle Course Race.
27 (79)"The Spooky Badge"Grant OrchardMyles McLeod28 October 2017 (2017-10-28)TBA
Duggee and the Squirrels try to find out what's making spooky footprints all over the place. They track what seems to be a ghost...then discover it's actually only a sheep with a sheet over it.
28 (80)"The Space Badge"Grant OrchardSam Morrison4 December 2017 (2017-12-04)TBA
The Squirrels take a pretend ride through space after looking through Duggee's telescope. They discover many things including that there are no playgrounds, bouncy castles, treehouses or paddling pools (wading pools) in space. Roly is especially unhappy that there are no toilets in space.
29 (81)"The Harvest Badge"Grant OrchardDanny Stack5 December 2017 (2017-12-05)TBA
The Squirrels help Duggee out with a big harvest. Then, when Duggee's tractor breaks down, the Squirrels find help from all the other animals.
30 (82)"The Colour Badge"Grant OrchardDanny Stack6 December 2017 (2017-12-06)20 October 2018
The Squirrels help out Duggee with his colouring book. But Duggee only has six coloured paints, which means that everyone will have to mix colours together to get secondary colours like orange, cyan and purple, or "Blammo", "Lemonberry", and "Fizzysip" as the Squirrels name them.
31 (83)"The Stick Badge"Grant OrchardSander Jones and Diggy Hicks-Little7 December 2017 (2017-12-07)TBA
The Squirrels help with collected wood for a campfire, but their first efforts are wood which is still useful (a spoon, a cane, a door, a tennis racket and some washing pegs). While looking for some twigs that have fallen on the ground, Roly finds a stick that looks suspiciously like an insect. The stick insect performs a Euro-pop song for them too.
32 (84)"The Voice Badge"Grant OrchardTBA8 December 2017 (2017-12-08)15 October 2018
When the Squirrels start talking to each other in the wrong voices, it's clear something has gone awry.
33 (85)"The Island Badge"Grant OrchardTBA10 December 2017 (2017-12-10)TBA
Duggee and the Squirrels are doing a bit of sailing, but when they stop at an island for lunch, they find their food is missing!
34 (86)"The Sleeping Badge"Grant OrchardTBA11 December 2017 (2017-12-11)TBA
Tag can't sleep, so Duggee tells him a few tricks that other animals use to get to sleep.
35 (87)"The Brave Banana Badge"Grant OrchardTBA12 December 2017 (2017-12-12)TBA
It's a stormy day, and the Squirrels are scared of all the thunder and lightning. Well, all of them except Roly, at first. Fortunately, Duggee knows how to help the Squirrels overcome their fears. They just need to go to their happy places, just like Duggee did when he himself was scared.
36 (88)"The Water Badge"Grant OrchardTBA13 December 2017 (2017-12-13)TBA
Happy lets a tap drip, wasting water. The Squirrels think water is limitless, and they explain where they think it comes from.
37 (89)"The Traffic Badge"Grant OrchardTBA14 December 2017 (2017-12-14)TBA
Duggee is taking the Squirrels to the lake, but many other animals have had the same idea. To make things worse, this leads to a traffic jam.
38 (90)"The Dressing Up Badge"Grant OrchardTBA15 December 2017 (2017-12-15)TBA
It's Enid's birthday. She doesn't like surprises or cakes, so Duggee and the Squirrels decide to throw her a dressing up party. But how can they do that?
39 (91)"The Getting On Badge (or "The Getting Along Badge")"Grant OrchardTBA1 January 2018 (2018-01-01)TBA
Fox, Badger, Mole, Vole and Worm are not getting on (getting along). Can Duggee and the Squirrels suggest ways that they can all live peacefully? This episode contains two rare scenes rendered in 3-D.
40 (92)"The Wedding Badge"Grant OrchardConnor Matteson19 May 2018 (2018-05-19)TBA
There is another royal wedding taking place between King Tiger and Chew Chew. All guests are required to bring fruit and wear hats (although Roly just puts a bucket on his head). The Squirrels help to create a new ensemble for Chew Chew when she gets trapped in a bush and rips her wedding dress. Duggee catches the bouquet.....[15]
41 (93)"The Grandparents Badge"Grant OrchardConnor matteson25 June 2018 (2018-06-25)TBA
Today, it's "Bring Your Grandparents to Squirrel Club" Day.
42 (94)"The Organizing Badge"Grant OrchardConnor Matteson26 June 2018 (2018-06-26)TBA
Duggee and the Squirrels reorganize everything in the clubhouse, and outside too.
43 (95)"The Looking After Badge"Grant OrchardConnor Matteson27 June 2018 (2018-06-27)TBA
There's a hot air balloon outside the Clubhouse. Someone is going on an adventure!
44 (96)"The Comedy Badge"Grant OrchardConnor matteson28 June 2018 (2018-06-28)TBA

When Tag hurts his knee (again), the Squirrels decide laughter is the best medicine, according to Happy's mum. But none of their plans to make Tag laugh seem to work, until Duggee helps by doing something completely unexpected.

Note: This is the second episode where Tag hurts his knee, the first one being "The First Aid Badge."
45 (97)"The Singing Badge"Grant OrchardConnor Matteson29 June 2018 (2018-06-29)TBA
Duggee and the Squirrels go on a long, tiring walk through the countryside.
46 (98)"The Playing Badge"Grant OrchardConnor Matteson2 July 2018 (2018-07-02)TBA
Naughty Monkey's cousins come to visit him. But they turn out to be even naughtier than Naughty Monkey himself!
47 (99)"The Party Badge"Grant OrchardJo Clegg3 July 2018 (2018-07-03)TBA
There's a parcel for Duggee, but why is it wrapped up like a present?
48 (100)"The Tour Guide Badge"Grant OrchardConnor Matteson4 July 2018 (2018-07-04)TBA
In the 100th episode of Hey Duggee, Gerbie the snake is on holiday (vacation) and would like to see all the beautiful sights.
49 (101)"The Sailing Badge"Grant OrchardConnor Matteson5 July 2018 (2018-07-05)TBA
A giant, regal sailing ship runs aground on the beach, so the Squirrels go to investigate.
50 (102)"The Key Badge"Grant OrchardConnor Matteson6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)TBA
Roly digs up a key in the graden, but what does it do?
51 (103)"The Fashion Badge"Grant OrchardConnor Matteson9 July 2018 (2018-07-09)TBA
Duggee's uniform is getting old and worn out. It's time he made himself a new outfit.
52 (104)"The Glasses Badge"Grant OrchardConnor Matteson10 July 2018 (2018-07-10)TBA
Mole is sad that he couldn't pursue his childhood dream because his vision is too fuzzy.

Series 3 (2019–2020)Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. air date
1 (105)"The Being Quiet Badge"Grant OrchardJo Clegg4 March 2019 (2019-03-04)N/A
Duggee and the Squirrels go on an adventure to find a famous shy creature.
2 (106)"The Duck Badge"Grant OrchardJulia Kent5 March 2019 (2019-03-05)N/A
The clubhouse is suddenly inhabited with baby ducklings who think that Norrie is their mum.
3 (107)"The Toothbrushing Badge"Grant OrchardJenny Landreth6 March 2019 (2019-03-06)N/A
Duggee and the Squirrels meet a lion, who has unfortunate bad breath.
4 (108)"The Camouflage Badge"Grant OrchardJenny Landreth7 March 2019 (2019-03-07)N/A
The Squirrels meet a chameleon named Cosey and learn all about blending into surroundings.
5 (109)"The Get Indoors Badge"Grant OrchardJenny Landreth8 March 2019 (2019-03-08)N/A
A weather forecast warning from Duggee's barometer leads the Squirrels to round up all the animals.
6 (110)"The Day Off Badge"Grant OrchardJenny Landreth11 March 2019 (2019-03-11)N/A
It's Duggee's day off from school, but the Squirrels show up at his clubhouse anyway to tell him all about their great adventures.
7 (111)"The Pen Pal Badge"Grant OrchardJo Clegg12 March 2019 (2019-03-12)N/A
Duggee arranges for the Squirrels to write to some pen pals.
8 (112)"The Big Day Out Badge"Grant OrchardJenny Landreth13 March 2019 (2019-03-13)N/A
In an episode adaptation of the Hey Duggee Live show from the CBeebies Land theme park at Alton Towers Resort, Duggee takes the Squirrels and their parents (except for Roly's dad, since Roly took his grandpa) on an exciting mystery trip.
9 (113)"The Tree Badge"Grant OrchardJenny Landreth14 March 2019 (2019-03-14)N/A
Duggee helps the Squirrels learn about the many wonderful things that trees can do for the various creatures around them.
10 (114)"The Cheese Badge"Grant OrchardJenny Landreth15 March 2019 (2019-03-15)N/A
Duggee and the Squirrels go on an epic mission to contain an outbreak.

ReceptionEdit

Stuart Heritage, writing in The Guardian, described the series as being "peerless."[16] Elements of the London Fire Brigade (LFB) complained on social media about "The Dressing-Up Badge". In the episode, Roly dresses up as a firefighter, but is described as being a fireman, which the LFB described as being "outdated" and [that] the term "‘Firefighter’ is the preferred respectful, inclusive, non-sexist, non-gendered term that should be being widely used by all media but especially the BBC [sic].[17]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2015 Annecy International Animated Film Festival TV Series[18] For "The Rescue Badge" Nominated
2015 BAFTA: Children's Pre-School Animation For "Series" Nominated
2016 International Emmy Kids Awards Kids: Preschool Nominated
2016 BAFTA: Children's Pre-School Animation For "Series" Won
2017 International Emmy Kids Awards Kids: Preschool Won
2017 Emile Awards Best Background and character design in a TV/Broadcast Production Won
2018 BAFTA: Children's Pre-School Animation For "Series" Won
2019 International Emmy Kids Awards Best Preschool Program Won
2019 Kidscreen Awards Best Animated Series Won
2019 Annie Awards Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production: Preschool Nominated

Apps & GamesEdit

In 2015, Hey Duggee was adapted into several videogame apps for mobile devices. To date, eight of these have existed.

These include:

  • The Big Badge App
  • The Big Outdoors App
  • We Love Animals
  • Colo(u)ring
  • Jigsaw Puzzles
  • The Counting Badge
  • The Exploring App
  • The Squirrels Club

CuriositiesEdit

  • Betty is considered the most intelligent character of Hey Duggee. Among the various abilities involving her intelligence, she is fluent in Japanese, as shown in the episode "The Spider Badge" (Given that Betty and her friends are of school age, it is possible that she has a super high i.q.). She also proves to be an environmental activist in the episode The Maze Badge (in it she says that several objects could be reused by someone, getting to give two sermons in the Roly for calling the objects of garbage)
  • Hey Duggee addresses topics previously considered taboo in children's shows such as Homosexuality (in the figure of the couple of crabs John Crab and Nigel) and themes involving several types of family (In the figure of Happy, the crocodile, one of the protagonists of the series, one of the Squirrels and that is adopted and is adoptive son of elephant parents).
  • This series has several characters that came from other countries, such as Hedgley who has an African-American accent and who (possibly) came from the United States of America or Canada (Note: The African-American Accent or African-American Vernacular English is spoken by both African-Americans and Black Canadians, so it is possible that he is American or Canadian and has come from the United States of America or Canada), Lord Fingal of Skye Castle, who is Scottish and Tino, the Artistic Mouse, John Crab and one of the Rabbits, who are French and come from France. These characters in question are the representation of Modern immigration to the United Kingdom.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BBC – Brand new children's series Hey Duggee launches on ABC Kids Australian Channel – Media Centre".
  2. ^ Jamila Atta (16 February 2016). "Global Children's Hit 'Hey Duggee' to return to CBeebies for a Second Series". BBC. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  3. ^ BBC Worldwide (2 October 2017). "More Duggee Hugs Are Coming! BBC Worldwide and CBeebies commission Series Three of the award-winning pre-school series Hey Duggee". BBC. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b INTERVIEW: ‘Hey Duggee’ Creator Grant Orchard On Creating An Unconventional Preschool Show, Cartoon Brew, 28 February 2017, retrieved 20 April 2017
  5. ^ Felperin, Leslie (18 January 2019). "Hey Duggee at the Cinema! review – CBeebies earns its movie badge". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  6. ^ TWITTER: Hey Duggee FAQ, 12 March 2015, retrieved 27 November 2017
  7. ^ Ditum, Sarah (29 February 2012). "Who are you calling 'old dear'? Why language about elderly people matters | Sarah Ditum". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  8. ^ "BBC – BBC Worldwide celebrates global success with premium childrens animation – Media Centre".
  9. ^ "Hey Duggee readies for Nick Jr. US debut".
  10. ^ "BBC – BBC Worldwide signs Jasnor as Hey Duggee partner for Australia & New Zealand – Media Centre".
  11. ^ "Hey Duggee – The Stick Song – 5 MINUTE LOOP". Hey Duggee Official.
  12. ^ "How the 'Stick Song' got toddlers moving and started a baby rave craze/". iNews.
  13. ^ "STICK SONG (Heavy Metal) by SLAY DUGGEE". Slay Duggee.
  14. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/bbcstudios/2018/hey-duggee-kick-song
  15. ^ Cherry-Becker, Frances (17 May 2018). "BBC – Hey Duggee cordially invites you to celebrate King Tiger's Royal Wedding on CBeebies on 19 May at 7.25am – Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  16. ^ Heritage, Stuart (5 January 2018). "Do British children really need saving from YouTube and Netflix?". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  17. ^ Moir, Sophia (4 January 2018). "BBC accused of sexism for using the word fireman on CBeebies show Hey Duggee". Metro. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  18. ^ CITIA, ©. "Annecy > Programme > Index".

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