Timmy Time

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Timmy Time
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The Timmy Time version of the logo
Also known asIt's Timmy Time
GenrePreschool
Created by Jackie Cockle
Based on Shaun the Sheep
Characters
by Nick Park
Voices of Justin Fletcher
Kate Harbour
Louis Jones
Opening theme"It's Timmy"
Ending theme"It’s Timmy" (second verse)
ComposerMike Stobbie
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languagesEnglish (theme song only)
None (Non-speaking language in all episodes)
No. of series3
No. of episodes80 (original series, including two specials)
78 (It's Timmy Time) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersMiles Bullough
David Sproxton
Peter Lord
Nick Park
ProducerJackie Cockle
Production locationFilmed in Bristol
Running time10 minutes
22 minutes (specials)
5 minutes (It's Timmy Time)
Production company Aardman Animations
Original release
Network CBeebies
Release6 April 2009 (2009-04-06) 
13 July 2012 (2012-07-13)
Related
Wallace and Gromit
Shaun the Sheep

Timmy Time is a British stop-motion animated television programme for preschoolers created and produced by Bob the Builder producer Jackie Cockle for the BBC's CBeebies and produced by Aardman Animations. It started broadcasting in the United Kingdom on 6 April 2009. [1] It is a spin-off of Shaun the Sheep , itself a spin-off of the Wallace and Gromit film A Close Shave (1995). [1]

Contents

The first two series ran for 26 episodes. In the United Kingdom, its most recent run began in September 2011 on CBeebies. In Australia, series one started in May 2009 on ABC1 and series three in May 2011 on ABC 4 Kids. [2] [3] The series also aired in the United States on Playhouse Disney, later called Disney Junior, beginning on 13 September 2010, [4] but later ended its run in May 2014.

Premise and format

In this series, Timmy and his friends [5] have to learn to share, make friends and accept their mistakes. [6] They are supervised by two teachers, Harriet the Heron and Osbourne the Owl. The show is aimed at pre-school-aged children, which the company described as "a natural next step for Aardman". [1]

The show is made up of ten-minute episodes, which do not feature much dialogue, much like Shaun the Sheep , Wallace and Gromit and A Close Shave . Shaun, his friends, Bitzer and the Farmer are absent. [1] A filming of one episode was featured on the Discovery Channel's How It's Made . [7]

During the show's development, the series was simply called Timmy. CBeebies acquired UK-broadcast rights to the series in October 2007. [8]

In 2018, Aardman collaborated with the British Council to create "Learning Time with Timmy", a show to encourage children aged 2–6 around the world to learn the English language, along with a YouTube-exclusive series and three apps.

In October 2019, Aardman announced a new rebooted version of the existing 78 episodes for CBeebies titled It's Timmy Time that began broadcast later on in the month. These versions feature narration from a selection of pre-school children, and are 5-minutes in length when compared to the original 10-minute episodes. [9]

Episodes

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1 266 April 2009 (2009-04-06)13 July 2009 (2009-07-13)
2 2617 May 2010 (2010-05-17)21 June 2010 (2010-06-21)
3 2814 March 2011 (2011-03-14)13 July 2012 (2012-07-13)

Characters

Children

Teachers

Side characters

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