Baby Jake

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Baby Jake
Format Children's television series
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 52
Production
Executive producer(s) Maddy Darrall
Running time 15 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBeebies
Original run 4 July 2011 (2011-07-04) – present
Sibsey Trader Mill in Lincolnshire was the location used in the filming of Baby Jake

Baby Jake is a children's television programme originally broadcast in the UK and first aired on 4 July 2011.[1] The programme features Jake, a nine-month old baby. Jake is the youngest of ten children all living in a windmill with their parents. Each episode features Jake embarking on an adventure with a host of magical characters including Pengy Quin the Penguin, Toot Toot the Tractor, the Rocket Ship, Captain Spacey and the Hamsternauts, Nibbles the Rabbit, Sydney the Monkey, and, of course, Magic Baby Jake, himself.[2]

The show features a child narrator and all ten children are depicted in real life, although Baby Jake is given a multi-angle photographic face on an animated body. Jake's babbling is translated by his 5-year old brother Isaac. Isaac is voiced by a real-life 5-year-old boy, in a move described by the Guardian as "a risk"[1] since the majority of successful children's television is narrated by adults. The roles of Jake and Isaac are portrayed by real-life brothers Adamo and Franco Bertacchi-Morroni respectively, with Kaizer Akhtar providing the voice of Isaac.[3]

The programme cost £1.85m to produce, and was funded by the Irish Film Board[4] and CBeebies.[1]

Darrall Macqueen Ltd originated the series and produced the animated elements of the programme through JAM Media .[4] JAM Media are an Irish animation studio who also made Tilly and Friends.[5] Maddy Darrall was quoted by the Metro as gaining inspiration for the show from watching her 7-year-old nephew understanding her 1-year-old son.[6]

The series is animated by Jam Media in Dublin and the lead writer is Dave Ingham (Charlie and Lola, Koala Brothers).

Location[edit]

The windmill featured in the series is Sibsey Trader Mill just outside the village of Sibsey near Boston in Lincolnshire. In the programme it is shown as a large family home with additional floors, rooms and windows rather than a working mill, although it shows full working sails. Wheat harvesting in fields in and around the mill at the time had to be delayed to allow filming to take place back in the late summer of 2010 so that they had the correct ripened wheat colours.

Series[edit]

Series one of Baby Jake ran in the UK each weekday from July to August 2011 and consisted of 26 episodes in total.[3]

Series two began in September 2012.[3]

The title of each episode begins "Baby Jake loves". The first episode of series one was entitled "Baby Jake loves playing chase".[3] (To see episodes: List of Baby Jake episodes)

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