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|Format||Children's television series|
|Created by||Anne Wood|
|Developed by||Ragdoll Productions for Cole Entertainment|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||104|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Original run||14 April 2003 – 2004|
The programme was made for preschool children between three and six years old. It is mainly intended to be an exercise show. It is also meant to be silly, and to get children thinking. The show is similar to Teletubbies in that both have a science fiction theme. The Boohbahs are five furry round creatures. They are meant to be atoms of energy.
There are 104 episodes in total. Each episode runs for 25 minutes. In the United Kingdom, the programme started on 14 April 2003 on ITV. It was divided into two series of 52 episodes each. The second series began on 16 March 2004.
In the United States, the programme started on 5 January 2004 on PBS. All 104 episodes were shown as one series in the U.S. The last episode was shown on 2 July 2006. Boohbah is also shown in the Netherlands on Nick Jr. "Boohbah" means "doll" in Hebrew, but it is not known if the show was named for this.
Characters and features
The Boohbahs are five furry, round, gumdrop-shaped creatures. They are played by actors in full body costumes. They have big eyes. Their eyebrows are rows of lights. They do not speak, but instead make noises like squeaks, squeals, and clicks. Each Boohbah is a different color. They are:
- Humbah (Yellow) - Emma Ainsley
- Zumbah (Purple) - Alex Poulter
- Zing Zing Zingbah (Orange) - Cal Jaggers
- Jumbah (Blue) - Phil Hayes
- Jingbah (Pink) - Laura Pero
The Storypeople are a group of characters who live in Storyland. They are in short stories. They are:
- Grandmamma (Linda Kerr-Scott) – An elderly but active woman. She has white hair and wears a dark pink housedress, white sweater, white socks, and red sneakers.
- Grandpappa (Robin Stevens) – An elderly but active Caucasian man. He has white hair and a white moustache; he wears a long-sleeved yellow shirt, dark gray slacks, red suspenders (UK: braces), and white sneakers.
- Mrs. Lady (Harvey Virdi) – A heavyset Indian woman. She has dark hair and wears a loose light blue blouse, loose bright pink pants, and pink sneakers.
- Mr. Man (Mark Ramsey) – A heavyset African man. He is bald and wears a short-sleeved bright pink shirt, white trousers, and black trainers.
- Brother (Manuel Bravo) and Sister (Vee Vimolmal) – Always paired, they both look like they are in their late teens. Brother: A Latino boy with short dark hair; he wears a bright blue t-shirt, bright red knee-length shorts, and white trainers with pink laces. Sister: An Asian (Thai) girl with hip-length black hair in a long ponytail; she wears a bright red t-shirt, bright blue capri pants, and white trainers with pink laces.
- Auntie (Sachi Kimura) – An Asian (Japanese) woman. She has short black hair and wears a long-sleeved lavender blouse, black trousers, lavender socks, and black shoes.
- Little Dog Fido (Dash) – A Jack Russell Terrier. He wears a red collar.
They do not speak. (When Little Dog Fido appears, he gives an "arf!") Though they sometimes show frustration or confusion, the Storypeople rarely, if ever,look upset or sad. The Storyland segments are narrated by actor Chris Langham. In each episode the Storypeople magically receive an object sent to them by a child or group of children.
One of the common things in Boohbah is the Boohball. The Boohball, a glowing white ball, is where the Boohbahs live, and it appears out of nowhere in various parts of the show. It travels from country to country when it is called by children. Inside the Boohball is a spinning recharging pod, where the Boohbahs recharge energy. It looks like five deep spoons with the handles linked. One could also say that the hammocks look like five fig halves. The energy is created by the laughter of the children when playing with the Boohbahs, the Boohball, and the Storypeople.
Notes and References
- Frazier Moore (9 January 2004). "Children's Show 'Boohbah' to Start on PBS". HighBeam Research. Associated Press (New York). http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-89232006.html.
- Ragdoll Ltd. (April 2003). "Ragdoll announces the launch of Boohbah". Press release. http://www.ragdoll.co.uk/html/pressrel_boohbah.html.
- "Interview: In the silly money". Broadcast (London: Media Business Insight Ltd.). 14 April 2003. http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/interview-in-the-silly-money/1115302.article.
- Ragdoll Ltd. (March 2004). "Boohbah bounces back with a brand new second series on CiTV!". Press release. http://www.ragdoll.co.uk/html/pressrel_boohbah_2nd_citv.html.
- "Boohbah – A World Of Storytelling". TV Teacher. 12 September 2011. http://tvteaches.com/?p=56.
- Lorri Freifeld (February 2004). "Ragdoll's Boohbah Follows in Teletubbies' Licensing Footsteps". License! 7 (1): 98. http://business.highbeam.com/437403/article-1G1-113907473/ragdoll-boohbah-follows-teletubbies-licensing-footsteps.
- Idaho Public Television. "Boohbah". Idaho State Board of Education. http://idahoptv.org/schedules/listingDetails.cfm?TZ=MT&SeriesID=11968&thisChannel=KAID&VersionID=121272&ThisDate=7-2-2006&thisTime=07:30:00. Retrieved 6 February 2014.