Something Special (TV series)

Something Special is a British children's television programme presented by Justin Fletcher. It was created and co-directed by Allan Johnston. It is broadcast by the BBC, debuting on 9th August 2004. It is designed to introduce children to Makaton signing, and is specifically aimed at children with delayed learning and communication difficulties. It is aired on the CBeebies channel and is currently the longest running CBeebies programme and the longest running preschool series in Britain. In the past, it was also broadcast as part of the CBeebies programme strand on BBC One and BBC Two.

Something Special
GenreChildren's television series
Written byAllan Johnston, Phillip Hawthorn
Directed byAllan Johnston, Michael Towner, Luke Howard
Presented byJustin Fletcher
ComposerArchie Brown
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languagesEnglish, makaton
No. of series12
No. of episodes244
Production
Executive producersSue Nott (season 1), Clare Elstow
ProducerAllan Johnston
EditorsGareth Heal, Stephen Young
Running time
  • 15 minutes (series 1–2)
  • 20 minutes (series 3–12)
Release
Original networkBBC Two
CBeebies
Original release1 September 2003 (2003-09-01) –
present
External links
Website

The name of the programme derives from the idea that all children, irrespective of their position on the learning spectrum, are special. The format of the show has evolved considerably since the original series. In 2012, a new series, "Something Special – We're All Friends" started, introducing some minor changes to the "Out and About" format. This format change has also included a change in location, and introduced the Tumble Tapp, a personalised iPad showing the "special things" to look for.

ContentsEdit

It is presented by Justin Fletcher ("Justin") and features various other characters and clips of children with disabilities. Justin speaks as well as signing, and a spoken narrative is provided over the clips of children.

The other characters played by Fletcher are the Tumble Family: Mr Tumble, a clown-like character who himself displays delayed learning and communication difficulties, Grandad Tumble, Fisherman Tumble and Baby Tumble. Other members of the Tumble family to have made appearances include two Aunts – Polly and Suki (as in the popular nursery rhyme "Polly Put the Kettle On"), Lord Tumble and King Tumble.

The creator and producer is Allan Johnston, who worked as a teacher of children with special needs before joining the BBC in 1989, with an important role in the show.

In series 11, 3 animal characters are introduced to the series, Spotty the Horse, who is Mr Tumble's horse that has appeared in the episodes Animals and Animal Keeper, Dennis the T-Rex who is the dinosaur who has only appeared in the episode Dinosaurs, The T-Rex is also a display at Paultons Park where it was filmed, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer who appears for a short period of time in the episode A magical Christmas.

FormatEdit

Series 1 and 2 (2004–2006)
Justin showcases things in a white studio set, with Mr. Tumble sections in the middle of the episodes. Each episode has a duration of approximately 15 minutes.
Mr Tumble shorts (2007)
From 2007, CBeebies occasionally showed short programmes consisting of the Mr Tumble sections from the various episodes, without the sections featuring Justin.
Series 3 "Out and About" (2008)
The first "Out and About" series featured Justin wandering out of the white studio set through the magic doors and into a diiferent location set within the UK. Each episode has a duration of approximately 20 minutes.
Series 5, 6 and 7 Out and About (2010–2011)
Series 5 of the show followed the Out and About format of series 3, in a "new, daily, week-day, year-round slot designed to provide continuity for its loyal audience" and introduced a new character, Lord Tumble.[1] The series has Mr Tumble and the other Tumble characters primarily based in "Tumble House", a large detached house located in extensive grounds close to the sea, located in Porlock, Somerset.[citation needed] The house and grounds are populated with large coloured spots, balloons and similar circular/spherical items in keeping with the spots on Mr Tumble's costume. The episodes typically feature Mr Tumble sending photographs of items he is interested in finding out about to Justin using his "Spotty Bag". Justin, with the assistance of the children with him, locates these items or activities and in return sends associated items back to Mr Tumble. There is typically a link in the theme between the actions of Mr Tumble and the other Tumble characters, and the activities Justin and the children participate in.
Series 8 (Something Special – We're All Friends) (2012)
In 2012, a new series, "Something Special – We're All Friends" started,[2] introducing some minor changes to the Out and About format. This format change has also included a change in location, and introduced the "Tumble Tapp", a tablet computer and game (the game was available on the CBeebies website but in Early 2009 it was Removed because There was a New one Series 8 was Fillmed from April 2008 to June 2008
Series 9 (Something Special – We're All Friends) (2014)
In 2014, a new series, "Something Special – We're All Friends" starring Justin Fletcher as Mr Tumble as The Unsmiling Principle featuring Mr Tumble,[3] which sees the Mr Tumble, and introduced the "Tumble Tapp in Spotty Bag", and follows him throughout his early life. Series 9 was Fillmed from July 2010 to September 2010
Series 10 (Something Special – We're All Friends) (2016)
In 2016, a new series, "Something Special – We're All Friends" starring Justin Fletcher as Mr Tumble as The Unsmiling Principle featuring Mr Tumble,[3] which sees the Mr Tumble, and introduced the "Tumble Tapp in Spotty Bag", and follows him throughout his early life. Series 10 was Filmed from August 2015 to October 2015
The Tale of Mr Tumble
In March 2016, a theatrical production starring Justin Fletcher as Mr Tumble and Ronni Ancona as The Unsmiling Principle featuring Mr Tumble was performed, which sees the Mr Tumble character as a baby and as a young boy, and follows him throughout his early life.
Series 11 (Something Special – We're All Friends) (2018)
In 2011, a new series, "Something Special – We're All Friends" starring Justin Fletcher as Mr Tumble as The Unsmiling Principle featuring Mr Tumble,[3] which sees the Mr Tumble, and introduced the "Tumble Tapp in Spotty Bag", and follows him throughout his early life. Series 11 Was Filmed from July 2017 to September 2017 The Christmas Special Part 2 was Filmed in November 2017 the Prom was Filmed in June 2017
Series 12 (Something Special – We're All Friends) (2020)
Series 12 was filmed from July 2019 to September 2019. The Diwali special was filmed in October 2020, just before the 2020 Hederabad floods.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
120September 1, 2003 (2003-09-01)September 25, 2003 (2003-09-25)
225September 3, 2006 (2006-09-03)September 27, 2006 (2006-09-27)
315January 14, 2008 (2008-01-14)February 1, 2008 (2008-02-01)
515March 8, 2010 (2010-03-08)March 26, 2010 (2010-03-26)
621October 11, 2010 (2010-10-11)December 24, 2010 (2010-12-24)
725September 19, 2011 (2011-09-19)November 11, 2011 (2011-11-11)
825October 22, 2012 (2012-10-22)December 14, 2012 (2012-12-14)
925January 13, 2014 (2014-01-13)March 14, 2014 (2014-03-14)
1025January 11, 2016 (2016-01-11)February 12, 2016 (2016-02-12)

Season 1Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleSignsOriginal air date
11"Snow"TBASeptember 1, 2003 (2003-09-01)
22"Clothes (Part I)"Shirt / Trousers / Shoes / DressSeptember 9, 2003 (2003-09-09)
33"School"School / Teacher / Classroom / Friends / Boy / Girl / Toilet / Sitting Down / Drinking / EatingSeptember 10, 2003 (2003-09-10)
44"Food (Part I)"Juice / Biscuits / Oranges / Bread / Apples / CakeSeptember 11, 2003 (2003-09-11)
55"Family"Mum / Dad / Brother / Family / Grandmother / GrandadSeptember 12, 2003 (2003-09-12)
66"Transport"Car / Aeroplane / Boat / TrainSeptember 15, 2003 (2003-09-15)
77"Colours"Blue / Yellow / Green / RedSeptember 16, 2003 (2003-09-16)
88"All About Me"Body / Hands / Feet / Mouth / Getting Dressed / Washing Hands / EatingSeptember 17, 2003 (2003-09-17)
99"Food (Part II)"Cheese / Eggs / PizzaSeptember 18, 2003 (2003-09-18)
1010"Under the Sea"Fish / Octopus / Crab / DolphinSeptember 19, 2003 (2003-09-19)
1111"Jungle Animals"Monkey / Lion / Elephant / Snake / CrocodileSeptember 22, 2003 (2003-09-22)
1213"Where I Live"House / Door / Window / Kitchen / Sitting Room / BedroomSeptember 23, 2003 (2003-09-23)
1414"Shops"Baker's Shop / Fruit Shop / Butcher's Shop / Sweet ShopSeptember 24, 2003 (2003-09-24)
1515"Music"Piano / Drum / Tambourine / TriangleSeptember 25, 2003 (2003-09-25)
1616"What I Like"Run / Play / PaintSeptember 25, 2003 (2003-09-25)

Season 2Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleSignsOriginal air date
211"Birds"Owl / Swan / Penguin / ParrotSeptember 3, 2006 (2006-09-03)
222"Meals"Cereal / Toast / EggSeptember 4, 2006 (2006-09-04)
233"Toys (Part II)"Toy Horse / Space Rocket / DiggerSeptember 5, 2006 (2006-09-05)
244"Animals"Kangaroo / Tiger / Gorilla / GiraffeSeptember 6, 2006 (2006-09-06)
255"Nursery Rhymes and Songs 1"n/aSeptember 7, 2006 (2006-09-07)
266"Mini Beasts"A Tiny Black Spider / A Tiny Pink Worm / A Tiny Brown SnailSeptember 8, 2006 (2006-09-08)
277"Birthday"Birthday Card / Birthday Cake / Birthday PresentSeptember 9, 2006 (2006-09-09)
288"Under, On and In"The Bag is Under the Table / The Swimming Goggles are On the Chair / The Swimming Costume is In the BoxSeptember 10, 2006 (2006-09-10)
299"Holiday"Sea / Sand / Bucket and Spade / ShellsSeptember 11, 2006 (2006-09-11)
3010"Nursery Rhymes and Songs 2"n/aSeptember 12, 2006 (2006-09-12)
3111"Vegetables"Cauliflower / Onion / PotatoSeptember 13, 2006 (2006-09-13)
3212"Seasons"Summer / Autumn / Winter / SpringSeptember 14, 2006 (2006-09-14)
3313"Shapes"Square / Triangle / Rectangle / CircleSeptember 15, 2006 (2006-09-15)
3414"Clothes (Part II)"Coat / Scarf / Gloves / HatSeptember 16, 2006 (2006-09-16)
3515"Nursery Rhymes and Songs 3"n/aSeptember 17, 2006 (2006-09-17)
3616"Baby"Nappy / Rattle / BottleSeptember 18, 2006 (2006-09-18)
3717"Doctor"Sore Knee / Tummy Ache / Sore ThroatSeptember 19, 2006 (2006-09-19)
3818"Art"Paper / Paint / PaintbrushSeptember 20, 2006 (2006-09-20)
3919"Opposites"Go / Stop / Up / Down / In / OutSeptember 21, 2006 (2006-09-21)
4020"Nursery Rhymes and Songs 4"n/aSeptember 22, 2006 (2006-09-22)
4121"How Do I Feel?"Happy / Sad / Excited / CrossSeptember 23, 2006 (2006-09-23)
4222"Baby Animals"Puppy / Kitten / Lamb / KidSeptember 24, 2006 (2006-09-24)
4323"People Who Help Us"Postman / Policewoman / NurseSeptember 25, 2006 (2006-09-25)
4424"The Park"Seasaw / Swing / Roundabout / SlideSeptember 26, 2006 (2006-09-26)
4525"Nursery Rhymes and Songs 5"n/aSeptember 27, 2006 (2006-09-27)

Season 3Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title3 Special ThingsTumble SignOriginal air date
461"Farm"Farmer / Hen / TractorScarecrowJanuary 14, 2008 (2008-01-14)
The scarecrow is broken and Mr. Tumble is trying to fix it. (Dondonald)
472"Wood"Signpost / Squirrel / LogPicnicJanuary 15, 2008 (2008-01-15)
Mr. Tumble is having a teddy bears picnic in the wood. (Banstead)
483"Harbour"Fishing Boat / Life Jacket / Blue FlagSeagullJanuary 16, 2008 (2008-01-16)
Mr. Tumble tries to paint a Fishing Boat or a Seagull. But they keep getting away! Luckily Grandad Tumble painted a picture for him. (Weymouth)
494"Theme Park"Carousel / Tiny Truck / Big WheelUmbrellaJanuary 17, 2008 (2008-01-17)
Mr. Tumble is too scared to go on rides. But he found one and wants to go on it again! (Chessington World of Adventures Resort)
505"Stables"White Pony / Saddle / Riding HatReinsJanuary 18, 2008 (2008-01-18)
Mr. Tumble goes horse riding on a horse named Bobby. (Moy)
516"Mountain"Path / Lake / MountainStreamJanuary 21, 2008 (2008-01-21)
Mr. Tumble's toy duck wants to go swimming in the mountains. (Snowdon)
527"Vet"Vet / Medicine / TortoiseThermometerJanuary 22, 2008 (2008-01-22)
Polar Bear & Zebra are feeling poorly and Mr. Tumble is making them better. (Wokingham)
538"High Street"Post Box / Hairdressers / FloristLibraryJanuary 23, 2008 (2008-01-23)
Mr. Tumble is at the library looking for his favourite book. (Enniskillen)
549"Beach"Rock Pool / Seaweed / Ice CreamTowelJanuary 24, 2008 (2008-01-24)
Mr. Tumble is making a picture in the sand. But what is it? (Bowleaze Cove)
5510"School"Wheelchair / Computer / PlaygroundMusic RoomJanuary 25, 2008 (2008-01-25)
Mr. Tumble is teaching the class about music but none of his musical instruments are working.
5611"Railway"Ticket Office / Train Driver / FlagPlatformJanuary 28, 2008 (2008-01-28)
Mr. Tumble was so busy tidying the platform he didn't realize that his watch had stopped and now the train is coming to the station! (Corfe Castle)
5712"Market"Bread Rolls / Cheese / Pink PlantMirrorJanuary 29, 2008 (2008-01-29)
Mr. Tumble is selling everything in his stall. (St. George's Market)
5813"Football"Footballer / Football Boots / GoalGoal KeeperJanuary 30, 2008 (2008-01-30)
Mr. Tumble and Grandad Tumble play football in the garden. (Craven Cottage)
5914"Camping"Tent / Water Tap / BarbequeSleeping BagJanuary 31, 2008 (2008-01-31)
Mr. Tumble tries to put up his tent and tires to have a rest in his sleeping bag. (New Forest)
6015"Castle"Princess / Prince / ThroneQueenFebruary 1, 2008 (2008-02-01)
Mr. Tumble is dressing up as King Tumble. (Carrickfergus)

Season 5Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title3 Special ThingsTumble SignOriginal air date
611"Airport"Helicopter / Fire Engine / PilotKiteMarch 8, 2010 (2010-03-08)
Mr Tumble wants to try and fly with a little help of Grandad Tumble and Lord Tumble.
622"City"Double-decker Bus / Shops / FountainBus StopMarch 9, 2010 (2010-03-09)
Mr Tumble is going to the city, but he missed the bus. So Mr Tumble to the city on a bike with Aunt Polly instead.
633"Garden Centre"Wheelbarrow / Yellow Plant / Plant PotDiggerMarch 10, 2010 (2010-03-10)
Mr Tumble looks for a hole to plant his flower.
644"By The Sea"Chair Lift / Lighthouse / GameChocolateMarch 11, 2010 (2010-03-11)
Mr Tumble is a pirate looking for his treasure.
655"Hospital"Nurse / Pyjamas / ToastGrapesMarch 12, 2010 (2010-03-12)
Mr Tumble visits Grandad Tumble in hospital.
666"Houseboat"Suitcase / Windmill / DuckScooterMarch 15, 2010 (2010-03-15)
Mr Tumble tries to find a good place to put up his tent.
677"Leisure Centre"Swimming Pool / Float / Bouncy CastleEgg CupMarch 16, 2010 (2010-03-16)
Mr Tumble takes part in a Sports day, but he fails every single event. But is given an egg cup for taking part.
688"Animal Park"Snake / Fruit & Vegetables / OwlTigerMarch 17, 2010 (2010-03-17)
Mr Tumble is looking for his animal.
699"Playdate"Sitting Room / Stairs / KitchenCousinMarch 18, 2010 (2010-03-18)
Mr Tumble's cousin, Cool Tumble comes to visit and they play musical bumps, build dens and play Hide-and-seek.
7010"Animal Rescue"Spotty Dog / Rabbit / Ginger CatPaddling PoolMarch 19, 2010 (2010-03-19)
Mr Tumble looks after Aunt Suki's dog.
7111"Bike Ride"Bike / Stream / BenchCycle HelmetMarch 22, 2010 (2010-03-22)
Mr Tumble is pretending to be a postman, so he uses a bicycle to deliver parcels to Lord Tumble, Aunt Polly and Grandad Tumble.
7212"Creative Walk"Sheep / Pig / DonkeyPeacockMarch 23, 2010 (2010-03-23)
Mr Tumble paints a picture of a peacock.
7313"Supermarket"Shopping Trolley / Pineapple / BowlsToilet RollMarch 24, 2010 (2010-03-24)
Mr Tumble brings his shopping home with help from Lord Tumble. But Lord Tumble puts everything in the wrong place.
7414"Butterfly"Caterpillar / Red Flower / CaféVideo CameraMarch 25, 2010 (2010-03-25)
Mr Tumble tries to film a butterfly with his new video camera, but it keeps flying away.
7515"Drive"School Bus / Car Wash / PlaygroundBubblesMarch 26, 2010 (2010-03-26)
Mr Tumble cleans his car using bubbles from Grandad Tumble's bath!

Season 6Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title3 Special ThingsTumble SignOriginal air date
761"Nature Trail"Pond / Branch / MeadowLunchOctober 11, 2010 (2010-10-11)
Mr Tumble goes fishing with Big Teddy.
772"Play"Water Play / Sand Pit / ParachutePlayOctober 12, 2010 (2010-10-12)
Mr Tumble is playing some games of his own with Grandad Tumble and Lord Tumble.
783"Sport"Trampoline / Ramp / Ice RinkSports ClothesOctober 13, 2010 (2010-10-13)
Aunt Polly, Lord Tumble and Grandad Tumble show Mr Tumble how to do some exercises.
794"Island"Island / Grey Seal / PostcardFishermanOctober 14, 2010 (2010-10-14)
Mr Tumble is visiting his friend Fisherman Tumble and helping him get ready to go out on his fishing boat. But the tide has gone out. So they pretended to catch fish instead.
805"Festival"Breakfast / Face Painting / BandGuitarOctober 15, 2010 (2010-10-15)
Grandad Tumble puts on a concert for Mr Tumble and the toys!
816"London"Bridge / Statue / Big WheelPalaceOctober 18, 2010 (2010-10-18)
Mr Tumble has lots of fun at home with his London book.
827"Art"Feet / Sponge / Toy CarRainbowOctober 19, 2010 (2010-10-19)
Mr Tumble paints a rainbow on Grandad Tumble's shed as a surprise. But Mr Tumble is missing some paint.
838"Baby"High Chair / Baby Bath / BuggyBabyOctober 20, 2010 (2010-10-20)
Mr Tumble gets ready for a very special baby visitor of his own.
849"Village Fete"Coconut / Cake Stall / Toy DuckHorseOctober 21, 2010 (2010-10-21)
Mr Tumble holds his own Village Fete for the toys!
8510"Big Animals"Giraffe / Hippopotamus / ElephantHamsterOctober 22, 2010 (2010-10-22)
Mr Tumble is cleaning out Harry the Hamster's cage. But who is looking after Harry?
8611"Music"Guitar / Drum Kit / MicrophonePopstarOctober 25, 2010 (2010-10-25)
Mr Tumble wants to be a pop star after watching his favourite singer Cliff Tumble on TV.
8712"Strawberry Picking"Strawberry Field / Scales / Strawberry JamFruitOctober 26, 2010 (2010-10-26)
Mr Tumble is very hungry and goes looking for fruit in the garden.
8813"Cooking"Knife / Cherries / TeacherSaladOctober 27, 2010 (2010-10-27)
Mr Tumble is making something very special for Grandad Tumble's lunch.
8914"Sleepover"Bedroom / Sausages / Warm DrinkQuietOctober 28, 2010 (2010-10-28)
Mr Tumble is having a sleepover of his own in his garden.
9015"Routines"Bread Roll / Laptop / Cricket BatToothbrushOctober 29, 2010 (2010-10-29)
Mr Tumble shows us what he does before he goes to bed
9116"Birthday Party"Parcel / Party Food / CDBirthday PartyNovember 22, 2010 (2010-11-22)
The Tumbles are doing a surprise party for Lord Tumble.
9217"Shopping"Saree / Jewelry / SweetsGlassesNovember 23, 2010 (2010-11-23)
Mr Tumble is doing his washing and needs to find some spare clothes to wear while it is drying.
9318"Café"Menu / Waitress / PurseChefNovember 24, 2010 (2010-11-24)
Mr Tumble opens his new Café and we are introduced to the all new Chef Tumble!
9419"Forest Art"Leaf / Twig / FeatherBearNovember 25, 2010 (2010-11-25)
Mr Tumble is in his forest looking for animals from inside his den!
9520"Park"Slide / Maze / Dragon BoatSailboatNovember 26, 2010 (2010-11-26)
Mr Tumble is trying to find a boat of his own to go on a sea adventure. But he has forgotten a few things.
9621"Christmas"Christmas Tree / Christmas Presents / Christmas Choirn/aDecember 24, 2010 (2010-12-24)
It's Christmas and Mr Tumble, Lord Tumble and Grandad Tumble are decorating the Tumble house. Meanwhile, Justin and his friends haven't got any Christmas presents, but Mr Tumble and Father Christmas brought them back just in time.

Season 7Edit

Season 8Edit

Season 9Edit

Season 10Edit

AwardsEdit

Royal Television Society Educational Television Awards 2004
Awarded Best Early Years Programme (for the episode Garden)[4]
BAFTA Children's Awards 2005
Awarded Best Pre-school Live Action Series[5]
BAFTA Children's Awards 2007
Nominated for Best Presenter (Justin Fletcher)[6]
BAFTA Children's Awards 2008
Awarded Best Presenter (Justin Fletcher)[7]
BAFTA Children's Awards 2009
Awarded Best Presenter (Justin Fletcher)[8]
BAFTA Children's Awards 2010
Awarded Best Presenter (Justin Fletcher)[9]
BAFTA Children's Awards 2011
Nominated Best Presenter (Justin Fletcher)[10]
BAFTA Children's Awards 2012
Awarded Best Presenter (Justin Fletcher)[11]
BAFTA Children's Awards 2013
Nominated Best Presenter (Justin Fletcher)[12]
BAFTA Children's Awards 2018
Awarded Best Presenter (Justin Fletcher)[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Network TV BBC Week 10: Monday 10 March 2008". BBC. 25 February 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2010.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "BBC Media Centre – Programme Information – Something Special – We're all Friends". BBC. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "The Tale of Mr Tumble". Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Royal Television Society – Educational Television Awards 2004". Royal Television Society. Retrieved 17 March 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees – Children's – Awards – 2005". BAFTA. Retrieved 17 March 2010.
  6. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees – Children's – Awards – 2007". BAFTA. Retrieved 17 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees – Children's – Awards – 2008". BAFTA. Retrieved 17 March 2010.
  8. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees – Children's – Awards – 2009". BAFTA. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  9. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees – Children's – Awards – 2010". BAFTA. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  10. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees – Children's – Awards – 2011". BAFTA. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  11. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees – Children's – Awards – 2012". BAFTA. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  12. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees – Children's – Awards – 2013". BAFTA. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  13. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees – Children's – Awards – 2018". BAFTA. Retrieved 4 August 2021.

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