Charlie and Lola
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Title card
Created byLauren Child
Based onCharlie and Lola book series
by Lauren Child
Written by
  • Dave Ingham
  • Bridget Hurst
  • Carol Noble
  • Samantha Hill
  • Anna Starkey
  • Olly Smith
  • Laura Beaumont
  • Paul Larson
Directed byKitty Taylor
Creative directors
  • Alan Kerswell
  • Gary Dunn
  • Leigh Hodgkinson
  • Jonathan Hodgson
  • Gideon Rigal
  • Jim Nolan
Voices of
  • Jethro Lundie-Brown (S1)
  • Maisie Cowell (S1)
  • Daniel Mayers (S2)
  • Clementine Cowell (S2)
  • Oriel Agranoff (S3)
  • Holly Callaway (S3)
Theme music composerTom Dyson
Soren Munk
  • John Greswell
  • David Schweitzer (S2-3)
  • Chris Taylor (S1)
  • Munk & Dyson (S1)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes78 (+2 specials) (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Michael Carrington
  • Lauren Child
  • Claudia Lloyd
  • Tom Beattie
  • Nikki Chaplin
  • Zurine Ainz
  • Stephen Perkins
  • Claire Dodgson
  • Katie Bryer
  • Yulia Martynova
  • Ben Campbell
Running time11 minutes
  • 22 minutes (specials)
Production companyTiger Aspect Productions
Original networkCBeebies
Original release7 November 2005 (2005-11-07) –
24 April 2008 (2008-04-24)

Charlie and Lola is a British animated children's television series based on the popular children's picture book series of the same name by Lauren Child. The show started on 7 November 2005.[1] The series was produced by Tiger Aspect Productions, and has won multiple BAFTA awards. The animation uses a collage style that emulates the style of the original books. Charlie and Lola is also available on BBC iPlayer for over a year.


Charlie has a little sister named Lola; she is 'small, and very funny'. Lola often gets caught up in situations that she (inadvertently) causes, whether it's running out of money at the zoo and having to borrow Charlie's, to forgetting her entire suitcase when having a sleepover at a friend's house. These situations are sometimes comedic (for example, in the episode 'Help! I Really Mean It!') but often reflect real world problems that younger children may face, for example losing a best friend, not getting the preferred part in a school play, or becoming too excited about an upcoming event and accidentally ruining it.

When these situations happen, Charlie usually ends up having to solve her problems through imaginative or creative methods, or by explaining to Lola where she went wrong. This is particularly demonstrated in the debut episode, 'I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato', in which Charlie pretends that her least favourite food (such as carrots, mashed potatoes, fish fingers, and tomatoes) are more fantastical items in order to encourage her to eat them, such as 'orange twiglets from Jupiter' and 'ocean nibblers from the supermarket under the sea'. This may encourage young children to eat particular healthy foods that would otherwise come across as undesirable to them.

In many episodes, Lola's best friend Lotta, Lola's imaginary friend Soren Lorenson, and Charlie's best friend Marv become involved in some way or another. Although adults are mentioned through dialogue, none of them is ever shown or heard on-screen.


Main article: List of Charlie and Lola episodes

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1267 November 2005 (2005-11-07)12 December 2005 (2005-12-12)
2261 May 2006 (2006-05-01)20 April 2007 (2007-04-20)
Christmas Special25 December 2006 (2006-12-25)
32617 November 2007 (2007-11-17)24 April 2008 (2008-04-24)
Autumn Special3 November 2007 (2007-11-03)


Animation style

The television series uses a collage style of animation which captures the style of the original books. 2D Flash animation, paper cutout, fabric design, real textures, photomontage, and archive footage are all employed and subsequently animated in software applications called Adobe Animate, ToonBoom, Adobe Flash, Adobe After Effects, and CelAction2D.[2]

The series is also notable for its use of children rather than adult voice actors, a technique pioneered by the Peanuts television specials. Both the books and the show also follow a technique of never showing adults.

Home releases

In the United States and Canada, volumes 4 and 5 are reversed, as well as volumes 9 and 11. However, volume 9 is titled "What Can I Wear for Halloween?" instead of "Everything is Different and Not the Same"

International transmission

Awards and nominations


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