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In the Night Garden... is a live-action preschool BBC children's television series, aimed at children aged from one to six years old.[2] It is produced by Ragdoll Productions. Andrew Davenport created, wrote, and composed the title theme and incidental music for all 100 episodes.[3][4] It was produced by Davenport and Anne Wood, the team that also co-created Teletubbies. The programme is narrated by Derek Jacobi. It is filmed mostly in live action, and features a mix of actors in costume, puppetry and computer animation. The characters include Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka, the Tombliboos, the Pontipines / the Wottingers, the Ninky Nonk and the Pinky Ponk.

In the Night Garden…
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Created byAndrew Davenport
Developed byRagdoll Productions
StarringHolly Denoon, Rebecca Hyland, Nick Kellington, Andy Wareham, Elisa Laghi, Justyn Towler, Isaac Blake
Narrated byDerek Jacobi
Music byAndrew Davenport
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes100 (list of episodes)
Producer(s)Andrew Davenport and Anne Wood
Running time30 minutes approx.
Production company(s)Ragdoll Productions
DistributorBBC Worldwide
Original networkCBeebies
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release19 March 2007[1] –
6 March 2009
Related showsTots TV
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The series was announced in October 2006, and twenty episodes were first broadcast in 19 March 2007. Two series were made, with 100 episodes in all. The BBC confirmed in 2010 that it would not be commissioning another series.[5] The show's budget was £14.5 million.[6]

The programme's creators have said that it is designed to relax and entertain its intended audience of one to six-year-olds.[6]


The programme features a large cast of colourful characters with unusual names who live in a magical forest scattered with large daisies and brightly coloured flowers. The characters mostly speak short, phrases and each has their own special song and dance. The garden is a sunny, colourful environment and the music is jaunty and music box-like. Producer Anne Wood said:

Each episode starts with a different child in bed, while the narrator introduces the episode. The scene cuts to Igglepiggle, in his boat, travelling to the Night Garden. Then the camera pans up to the sky and zooms in, followed by flowers. After the title appears under a hedge, either the Ninky Nonk or the Pinky Ponk appears. The episodes end with one character receiving a bedtime story, which is generated by the magical gazebo that sits at the centre of the Night Garden. This story is a summary of the plot of the episode. Sometimes the characters all dance together under the Gazebo.

Igglepiggle does not go to sleep, and his goodbye sequence ("Igglepiggle's not in bed!" ... "Squeak!" ... "Don't worry, Igglepiggle! It's time to go") rounds off the programme. The Night Garden turns into the night sky and Igglepiggle is seen asleep on his boat as the end credits roll.

In the Night Garden... is intended to help children relax and achieve calming relationships with parents. Wood states: "We became very aware of the anxiety surrounding the care of young children which manifested itself in all kind of directions; but the one big subject that came up again and again was bedtime. It's the classic time for tension between children who want to stay up and parents who want them to go to bed... so this is a programme about calming things down whereas most children's TV is about getting everything up."[7]

In 2007[8] and 2008,[9] the show won the Children's BAFTA for "Pre-school live action," as well as being nominated in 2009.[10]



The Stepping Stone Path is a path where only Igglepiggle goes, for a session in the Night Garden. It leads to the Gazebo at the beginning and end of an episode.[11] It was first featured in the episode "Makka Pakka Washes Faces".

The Daisy Patch is where Upsy Daisy lives. It is a field full of daisies. Upsy Daisy is usually the only character that can be seen in the patch.[12] It was first featured in the episode "The Pontipines in Upsy Daisy's Bed".

Makka Pakka's Cave is where he lives and his Og-Pog (a three-wheeled cart or trolley) is kept outside it, behind a boulder. The cave, along with the Stepping Stone Path was first featured in the episode "Makka Pakka Washes Faces".

The Tombliboo Bush is where the Tombliboos live. It is the largest house in the garden with so many activities to do such as playing music, playing with blocks and brushing teeth (like the Pinky Ponk and the Ninky Nonk it is bigger on the inside). It was first featured on the outside in "The Tombliboos' Waving Game" and on the inside in the episode "Too Loud Tombliboos!! Nice and Quiet!!"

The Pontipines/Wottingers' House is a small house at the foot of a tree where the Pontipines and Wottingers live. It, along with the Stepping Stone Path and Makka Pakka's Cave was first featured in the episode "Makka Pakka Washes Faces".

The Tune Bridge is a musical bridge near Makka Pakka's cave. Whenever someone walks on the bridge, it plays a musical tune. It, and the Stepping Stone Path, Makka Pakka's Cave and the Pontipines/Wottingers' House, were first featured in the episode "Makka Pakka Washes Faces". However, Makka Pakka and the Tombliboos, for unknown reasons, do not walk on the bridge.

The Gazebo is where the characters meet to dance at the end of some episodes.[13] It has a picture of all the characters including the Ball (but except the Tittifers, one of the Trubliphones, the Tiddle and the Bed), the Tittifers' Tree, a Daisy, the Tune Bridge, the Tombliboo Bush, the Tombliboo Instruments, Igglepiggle's Blanket, the Tombliboo Bricks and, of course, the Gazebo, itself. It has two pictures of Makka Pakka, one with his Og-Pog, the other with him blowing his trumpet. The first dance was featured in the episode "The Tombliboos' Waving Game" and it first gave a clue in "Igglepiggle's Blanket in Makka Pakka's Ditch".

The Tittifers' Tree is where the Tittifers sing in a certain section and together and at the end.


Until 1 April 2008, the show aired on the CBeebies channel every day, including weekends, at 6:25 PM in the "Bedtime Hour" slot, in addition to earlier daytime showings on weekdays (like every other show on CBeebies, the same episodes are shown all day).[14] From April until August 2008, In The Night Garden... was removed from its 6:25 PM "Bedtime Hour" slot, which resulted in a petition asking for the programme to be re-instated to its normal slot.[15] One parent petitioner was quoted by The Daily Telegraph commenting that "My four-year-old refused to believe it was bedtime because ITNG hadn't been on and it was daylight outside."[15]

The show returned to the daily "Bedtime Hour" slot at 6:25 PM as of 30 August 2008, and began showing the second series (beginning with "Slow Down Everybody") on 1 September 2008.[16] From December 2008, the show was moved again, this time to 6:00 PM. As of January 2010, it airs at 6.20 PM.

As of February 2008, in Canada, the show airs daily at 5:30 AM on Treehouse TV, Mondays to Fridays at 7:30 PM, and Saturdays at 10:30 AM. And as of April 11, 2016 in Canada, as well the show airs daily at 2:00 pm on family jr during the Monday funday block of programming .

As of March 2016, in Australia, the show airs during the ABC 4 Kids block of programming on ABC2 every weekends at 11:30 AM. As of October 2008, in India, the show airs every day on the CBeebies channel, including weekends, at 9 AM, 12 PM and 3 PM.

As of 2008, in Norway, the show airs every weekday on the NRK Super channel, at 5:30 PM. As of 2009, the show airs on TV2 in Malaysia on weekday mornings at 8:30 AM. As of 2009, the show airs on Luli and Hop! in Israel. Twenty new episodes began broadcasting on CBeebies and BBC HD on 9 February to continue at 6 PM daily. As of 2010, Series 1 of the show airs daily on Baraem on Nilesat and Arabsat covering the Middle East in Arabic at 7:30 PM. As of 2010, the show airs on Clan in Spain sometime around 8:30 AM on weekdays and around 7:50 AM on weekends. In The Netherlands, it airs on Disney Junior. And In Poland, it airs on CBeebies.

As of 11 October 2010, the series was added on The Hub in the U.S. as part of the "HubBub" programming block. On 24 June 2012, it was removed on The Hub along with The Future Is Wild and Wilbur. However, the series returned on the Hub Network on 2 June 2013 and was removed again on 13 October 2013.

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • Awarded Best Children's Live-Action Series[8]
  • The website for the programme was nominated for Best Interactive Site[8]
  • BAFTA Children's Awards 2008
  • Awarded Best Pre-School Live Action Series[9]
  • BAFTA Children's Awards 2009
  • Nominated for Best Pre-School Live Action[10]


In the Night Garden... books, DVDs and toys have been marketed since 2007.


In 2014, Penwizard[17] introduced a line of personalised books where customers can customise the story to include their child's name and likeness in the story alongside IgglePiggle and friends.


Several Region 2 DVDs have been released in the UK by the BBC since October 2007:

DVD Title Episodes
Who's Here? Makka Pakka Washes Faces

Tombliboos Waving Game
Everybody all aboard the Ninky Nonk
The Prettiest Flower
Makka Pakka's Trumpet Makes a Funny Noise

Hello IgglePiggle! IgglePiggle's Blanket in Makka Pakka's Ditch

Jumping for Everybody
IgglePiggle's Mucky Patch
The Pinky Ponk Adventure
IgglePiggle's Blanket Walks About by Itself

Hello Upsy Daisy! Quiet Please Tombliboos!! Upsy Daisy Wants to Sing!!

Upsy Daisy Kisses Everything!
Upsy Daisy's Big Loud Sing Song!
IgglePiggle Looks for Upsy Daisy and Follows her Bed!
The Ninky Nonk Wants a Kiss!

Hello Makka Pakka! Makka Pakka's Stone Concert

Runaway Og-Pog
Makka Pakka's Present
Makka Pakka Gets Lost
Washing the Haahoos

Hello Tombliboos! Too Loud Tombliboos!! Nice and Quiet!!

The Tombliboos' Busy Day
Tombliboo Trousers
Tombliboo Ooo Drinks Everybody Else's Pinky Ponk Juice!
Tombliboos Tower of Five

Isn't That a Pip? The Pontipine Children of the Roof

Looking for Each Other
Slow Down Everybody!
IgglePiggle Goes Visiting
Where is the Pinky Ponk Going?

Igglepiggle's Tiddle!
(Originally released as Look At That!)
IgglePiggle's Tiddle

Makka Pakka's Piles of Three
Where Are the Wottingers?
Mr Pontipine's Moustache Blows Away
Too Loud Tombliboos!! Nice and Quiet!!

What Fun! Sneezing

Hide and Seek
Mind the Haahoos
The Pontipines Find IgglePiggle's Blanket
Upsy Daisy Dances with the Pinky Ponk

All Together! Waving from the Ninky Nonk

Playing Hiding with Makka Pakka
Wake Up Ball
Up and Down
Sad and Happy Tombliboos.

Best Friends Upsy Daisy's Tiring Walk

Trubliphone Fun
Shshsh! Upsy Daisy's Having a Rest!
Who's Next on the Pinky Ponk?
Makka Pakka's Circle of Friends

All Aboard Ninky Nonk or Pinky Ponk

Upsy Daisy's Special Stone
Ninky Nonk Dinner Swap
The Tombliboos Swap Trousers
Igglepiggle's Accident.

Out For A Walk Upsy Daisy's Funny Bed

The Ball
Wave to the Wottingers
The Pontipines in Upsy Daisy's Bed
Igglepiggle's Noisy Noises.

What Lovely Music Tombliboo Eee Gets Lost

Make Up Your Mind Upsy Daisy!
Upsy Daisy Dances With The Haahoos
Long Distance Ball Game

Wake Up Igglepiggle Wake Up Igglepiggle

Where Can Igglepiggle Have a Rest
Oh Look It's Wottingers
Dinner in the Ninky Nonk
Tombliboos Clean Their Teeth.

Each DVD features five episodes.

A boxset, Hello Everybody!, has been released, containing "Hello IgglePiggle!", "Hello Upsy Daisy!", "Hello Makka Pakka!" and "Hello Tombliboos!" Each of these titles have episodes relating to the character on which the DVD is based.


The show's makers, Ragdoll Productions, signed a deal to make the toy producer Hasbro a global partner before the show was first broadcast, and merchandise was first made available in July 2007. The range includes small Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka stuffed toys and a small Ninky Nonk train with detachable carriages. Wheeled toy licensee MV Sports & Leisure Limited produced a range of scooters and trikes. Play-doh made some dough that came packaged with an Igglepiggle-shaped cut-out.

In spring 2008, several new toys arrived, including roll-along characters, Talking Cuddly Makka Pakka, Ninky Nonk Pop-up tent and more. Hasbro won the 2008 "Best Licensed Toy or Game range" Licensing Award for their In The Night Garden... range.[18]

In January 2009, a spokesman for the BBC confirmed that they had asked Hasbro to change the skin colour of the Upsy Daisy doll following "a handful of complaints". The doll was originally released with a noticeably lighter complexion than seen in the television series, as it was based on the animated version of Upsy Daisy.[19]

In 2010, more New Toys were released like the Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy set that contained a copy of the Series 2 episode The Pontipines' Picnic (2008) on DVD as well as a electronic Ninky Nonk (which made the actual sounds from the Show) and a Playmat that had the Bridge, the Tombliboo Bush (with The Tombliboos and their beds) The Gazebo and the Pinky Ponk

Live theatrical showEdit

In the Night Garden...Live! started a UK tour in July 2010. The show took place in an inflatable purpose-built show dome. The show premièred in Liverpool, and moved on to London, Glasgow and Birmingham. In the Night Garden Live has toured the UK every summer.[20][21]


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