Sarah & Duck
Sarah & Duck is a British animated children's television series created by Sarah Gomes Harris and Tim O'Sullivan (aka "Duck"), and produced by Karrot Animation for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Though designed as a story-driven animation primarily targeted at 4- to 6-year-old children since premiering at the MIPCOM trade show in 2012, the series now has somewhat of an adult following.
|Sarah & Duck|
Sarah (left) and Duck (right)
|Genre||Children's television series|
|Created by||Sarah Gomes Harris |
|Written by||Sarah Gomes Harris|
John Randolph Davies
|Directed by||Tim O'Sullivan (Series Director) |
Tim Fehrenbach (Animation Director, series 1)
Martyn Jones (Animation Director, series 2)
Alastair Park (Animation Director, series 3)
|Voices of||Tasha Lawrence|
|Composer(s)||Tanera Dawkins & Tim O'Sullivan|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||120 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Chris White |
|Editor(s)||Graham Silcock (series 1) |
Sophie Weller (Assistant Editor, series 1)
Mark Edwards (series 2)
Florence Kennard (Assistant Editor, series 2)
Michele Chiappa (series 3)
|Running time||7 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Karrot Entertainment|
|First shown in||United Kingdom|
|Original release||18 February 2013 –|
15 December 2017
|Sprout Online: Sarah & Duck|
Sarah & Duck was first broadcast on the UK channel CBeebies on 18 February 2013. A total of 120 episodes have been commissioned, with 40 each for Series 1, 2, and 3. The 3rd series started in October 2016.
The series follows the adventures of Sarah, a very kind and polite seven-year-old girl with big eyes, rosy cheeks and a green hat, and her best friend Duck, a mallard. The central theme is the relationship between these two characters and the adventures they have together. CBeebies states that the show has two learning themes: 'Friendship and imagination' and 'Problem Solving'.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||40||18 February 2013||19 December 2013|
|2||40||11 August 2014||15 December 2015|
|3||40||18 October 2016||15 December 2017|
Cast and charactersEdit
|Sarah||Tasha Lawrence||She is a very kind, polite and somewhat eccentric seven-year-old girl. She is best friends with Duck. She plays the tuba, likes sea cows (manatees), and drinks "lemon water".|
|Duck||N/A||He is Sarah's quacky, flappy best friend. Duck wants to be a penguin and has a toy robot. He turns two years old in series 1.|
|Narrator||Roger Allam||He talks to Sarah & Duck, asks them questions and gives them suggestions. There is a possibility that the Narrator is Sarah's father, given the reference made in 'Old Toys'.|
|Scarf Lady||Lesley Nicol||She is a forgetful old lady who loves knitting. She lives in a house full of woollen items. She has a talking knitting bag and a pet donkey.|
|Bag||Andy Nyman||He is Scarf Lady's knitting bag. He corrects Scarf Lady when she gets confused.|
|Donkey||N/A||He is Scarf Lady's pet. He looks sad but isn't really.|
- John is Sarah's Japanese friend voiced by Luca Pilkington Massey.
- Flamingo is John's pet voiced by Tim O'Sullivan.
- The Shallots are planted by Sarah & Duck in the first episode. There are three similar-sized and one tiny one. The three repeat the same phrase when spoken to while the tiny one says a variation thereof. They live in Sarah's front garden by the door, and are voiced by Tim O'Sullivan and Tony Clarke.
- Rainbow makes friends with Sarah & Duck after a rain shower. He is very tickly, and voiced by David Carling.
- Moon first meets Sarah & Duck at the Big Shop when he is heading to work at night. He is voiced by Pete Gallagher.
- Venus is a good friend of Moon and normally Sarah only sees her at night.
- Mars, a bruff Sergeant Major type character, joins Moon & Venus from time to time.
- Hat Lady (or Hattie) is Scarf Lady's old sporting rival and runs the local hat museum. Like her arch-nemesis Scarf Lady, she is voiced by Lesley Nicol.
- Umbrella is scared of the rain and voiced by Jamie Oram.
- Bug is a large ladybird that lives in Sarah & Duck's house plant and collects buttons.
- The Cloud Captain is a French engineer who operates the weather system from Sarah's local park, voiced by Derek Griffiths.
- The Ribbon Sisters are Sarah & Duck's quiet next-door neighbours wearing differently-coloured large sunglasses. They like to play with ribbons and are voiced by Kiki Brooks.
- Scooter Boy has a scooter and wears a helmet. He has been seen riding his scooter only once, and walks it everywhere he goes. He is voiced by Dylan Issberner.
- Plate Girl carries a plate with her at most times and is voiced by Yaeli Miller.
- Cake helps bake and is voiced by Andy Nyman.
- Bread Man runs the local bakery, which Sarah and especially Duck like to visit.
- Tortoise is slow and easily scared. His shell has windows so that he can look out. He doesn't speak.
- Leftover Wool sits patiently in Scarf Lady's wool room, and is voiced by Andy Nyman.
- Poetry Pete is first featured on one of Scarf Lady's LPs and is voiced by Simon Callow.
A second series began airing on 11 August 2014.
On 17 June 2015 it was renewed for a third series  which aired starting the 18 October 2016 on CBeebies.
BBC Worldwide have secured global distribution and merchandising rights for the new show and airs it to BBC Worldwide's network of channels. On 19 August 2013, Sarah & Duck was first broadcast in the U.S. on Sprout. The first series of Sarah & Duck was also broadcast in Japan (NHK), Norway (NRK), Sweden (SVT), Denmark (DR), Finland (YLE), Germany (KiKa), Portugal (RTP), Iceland (RUV), the Netherlands (NPO) and Israel (HOP). In Canada it is broadcast on the Family Jr. channel. In Australia, it is also broadcast on ABC Kids. On 12 February 2016 Sarah & Duck was made available in the U.S. on Netflix, but left Netflix August 12, 2018  without ever airing episodes made in 2017–2018.
|Release No.||Release Name||Episodes||Number and duration||R2 release date|
|1||Lots of Shallots and other stories||Lots of Shallots, Sarah Duck & the Penguin, Cheer Up Donkey, Cake Bake, Scarf Lady's House, Robot Juice, Bouncy Ball, Rainbow Lemon, Sit Shop, Kite Flight||70 mins||17 February 2014|
|2||Doubles and other stories||Doubles, Umbrella and the Rain, Big Shop, Woollen Music, Fairground, Sarah Gets a Cold, Ribbon Sisters, Stargazing, Coloured Light, Strawberry Souffle||70 mins||8 September 2014|
|3||Balloon Race and other stories||Balloon Race, Camera, Tapping Shoes, Fireworks Dance, Fancy Park, Pipe Conductor, Slow Quest, World Bread Day, Pond Princess, Puncture Pump||70 mins||16 February 2015|
|4||Petal Light Picking and other stories||Petal Light Picking, Bobsleigh, Plate Fog, Scared of Stairs, Moon Paint, The Play, Bread Bike, Bug's Button Bank, No More Wool, Octogon Club||70 mins||19 October 2015|
|5||Cloud Tower and other stories||Cloud Tower, Outside Outside, Umbrella Bubbles, Sound Jumble, The Mouse's Birthday, Tortoise Snooze, Fast Slow Bungalow, Bags of Bags, Ribbon Fall, Garden Gaming||70 mins||15 February 2016|
|6||Duck Hotel and other stories||Duck Hotel, Origami Overload, Shallot Circus, Toy Tidy, Plate Escape, The Big Sleepover, Paisley Sea, Duck's Quack, Rainbow's Niece, Decorating Donkey||70 mins||16 May 2016|
|7||Beach Break and other stories||Beach Break, Parasol Show, Extra Bounce, Cake Relocate, Lost Librarian, Scooter Stand Still, Music Fixer, Wool on Wheels, Lemon Cafe, Star Renovation||70 mins||25 July 2016|
|8||Duck Flies and other stories||Duck Flies, Seacow Snowtrail, Woolly Memories, Bubble Bumbling, Toggle Tangle, Tummy Talk, Moon's Exhibition, Pond Prose, The Art of Pink, Bug Bop||70 mins||17 October 2016|
|9||Train Fudge and other stories||Train Fudge, Picture Planes, Hat Fuss, Dewy Morning, Sticker Swap, Magic Panic, Birthday Buoy, Alarm Clock, Twang Ball, Auto Cat||70 mins||20 February 2017|
|10||Constable Quack and other stories||Constable Quack, Fluff Bread, Moonbow, Bench Blocked, Planetarium Aquarium, Shallot Boat, Cake Decorate, Balloon Barnacles, Basking Shark, Old Toys||70 mins||2 October 2017|
|11||Brolly Bus and other stories||Brolly Bus, Rainbow Race, Hair Cut, Arcade Dance Off, Mars as Moon, Donkey Jump, Castle Scribbling, Haber Dasher, Cloud Jam, Pillow Fill||70 mins||12 February 2018|
|12||Snowball Skate and other stories||Snowball Skate, Mountain Mints, Comet's Coming, Perimeter Pals, Hedge Opera, Boo Night, Park Trimming, Whatsathingy, Cinema Scoot, Ribbon Alvida||73 mins||8 October 2018|
A pilot for Sarah & Duck was first aired at the Cartoon Forum 2010 where it was warmly received. The series was an immediate hit in the UK, and the first four episodes were the most popular pre-school programmes of their week on the BBC catch-up TV service, iPlayer.
In January 2014 Sarah & Duck was nominated in the pre-school category of the British Animation Awards.
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