I recently posted details of the Abney and Teal Toys that were released in Aug 2012 and since then I have been asked lots of questions about what it is, who is Teal, etc. so I thought I would do a short series of posts all focused on The Adventures of Abney and Teal show.
This post is focused on the show itself, what it’s about and how it helps your children (according to the BBC website).
Suitable for: 3-6 year olds
Length of each episode: approx 11 minutes
Number of Episodes: First series has 26 episodes
Starter airing (UK): September 2011
What Is It About?
When it’s time for Abney and Teal in our house, we all sit down together to watch it, with anyone else that happens to be visiting too. Initial comments from people who are new to the show are usually, it’s cute but what is bop? Personally, I love the style, but generally everyone seems pretty relaxed after a quick 11 minute episode.
Abney and Teal are the two main characters of the show and they live in the middle a big city park on an island, with all the hustle and bustle you would expect from a big city going on around them such as the occasional train whizzing past.
Every episode features discovery and exploration along with the other characters they share their island with: Bop, Neep, Poc-Poc and Toby Dog – who officially doesn’t live on the island, but sits across the water playing the occasional tune on his accordion – they are always ready for a new adventure. The story telling is warm and charming, which tends to leave Beth (as well as the adult viewers!) relaxed rather than bouncing and dancing around the room.
The show is narrated by British actor Adrian Scarborough who also provides the voice for Abney, Teal is voiced by Shingai Shoniwa, who is best known as the lead singer of the Noisettes. None of the other characters have speaking roles, apart from Neep’s who is able to say his own name.
The first thing you notice about Abney and Teal is that it’s very vintage looking, which I love and combines hand-drawn style with contemporary animation techniques.
I could not wait for the toys to be released as they are the type of toys I love and when I finally saw the real toys, they are really very true to the characters in the programme and really nice high quality. For more information about the toys available, please take a look at my Abney and Teal Toys blog post.
How Does The Show Help Your Children?
This is one of the reasons I like CBeebies, they have a whole section of their website focused on grown ups as well as a specific support area linking their 7 learning areas (communication, finding out, etc.) with the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage ) curriculum as well as many other interesting articles.
According to the BBC website, the Adventures of Abney and Teal helps children to:
Develop imagination through humour, adventurous play and storytelling
- Explore and discover new ways of looking at a familiar environment
- Understand relationships and social development through friendship and play
- Understand the role of simple mathematics within a narrative
- Become involved with problem solving through storytelling
More Information About The Programme
The show is produced by Anne Wood who, as founder of Ragdoll Productions, had previously brought successful children’s shows such as Teletubbies and In the Night Garden to the BBC. Anne Wood stated that she had been an admirer of Joel Stewart’s picture books and their “distinct brand of gentle, fantastical humour and exquisite drawing style”, but stated that it was his work on the book Addis Berner Bear Forgets that prompted her to contact the author. As well as creator Stewart is also the series director, and spent three years working on the show before it aired. Stewart stated in 2011 that the characters were all original constructs, designed in his sketchbooks, and the inspiration for the setting came from a visit to Victoria Park in East London. The show is co-written by Steve Roberts and Matilda Tristram.