Big Cook, Little Cook

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Big Cook, Little Cook
The Big Cook Little Cook Logo
Genre Children's
Presented by Big Cook, Little Cook
Starring Steve Marsh and Dan Wright
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 100
Camera setup Mike Callan
Running time 20 minutes
Original network BBC
Picture format 16:9
Original release 2 February 2004 – 25 December 2006
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Big Cook, Little Cook is a television series for nursery school aged children, broadcast on BBC television channels (particularly the CBeebies digital television channel). The programme is set in the kitchen of a café, with two principal characters, Big Cook Ben and Little Cook Small. Ben is a full-sized adult, but Small is only a few inches tall (somewhat ironic, as his actor is the taller of the two) and flies around on a wooden spoon. Ben and Small are played by Stephen Marsh and Dan Wright respectively.

The first series of Big Cook, Little Cook aired on 2 February 2004, whilst the second series began on 4 February 2006, with two new episodes being broadcast that day.

In 2005 the duo featured in commercials for Betfair, the broadcaster Channel 4's official sponsor, during The Ashes cricket series, being shown as two-part advertisements at the beginning and end of each break. Trailers for the programme on the BBC spoofed the food adverts of Marks & Spencer, which featured the voice of Dervla Kirwan. Until February 2012, CBeebies aired repeats on the channel.[1]


The format of the programme generally includes a visit to the café by a nursery rhyme, fairy tale, or fictional character (such as Little Miss Muffet or Humpty Dumpty). Each episode would begin with Big Cook Ben and Little Cook Small encountering a problem, and next a visitor would arrive by the door of their cafe with Small giving the viewer and Ben hints about who the visitor is. After revealing that visitor, Small then tells a short story about his experience with the visitor (who paints himself as the real hero). Next, they decide to cook the visitor an appropriate meal from Ben's recipe book. If an ingredient is missing or one of the two want to know how a certain ingredient is made, Small will then fly away on his magic spoon to see where one of the ingredients is made, e.g. chutney factory. Once Small gets the ingredient or tells how an ingredient is made, the two sing a song, remind the viewers of what is required for the recipe, and begin to cook. After finishing the meal and serving it to the customer, they then sing a song involving cleaning up the kitchen. In return of cooking a meal for the visitor, they receive a gift that would solve their problem. Activities within the kitchen, such as washing/tidying up, are accompanied by catchy song and dance routines.

Both cooks act in an expansive and overblown style, but the show seems intended to encourage children to take an interest in cooking. The cooks rhyme a lot, like "We need a story to help us cook. Let's take a look in Little Cook's Book." Big Cook does most of the actual cooking and telling the viewers how to make the recipes; Little Cook does some preparation or sets the timer. Some of the aerial shots of Little Cook flying were filmed over the town of Skipton, North Yorkshire.

Episodes, customers & recipes[edit]

Series 1[edit]

  • 1. Princess and the Pea: Princess: Princess Pie
  • 2. Flower Fairy: A Flower Fairy: Flutterby Cakes
  • 3. Knight: Norman the Knight: Pizza Shield
  • 4. Cat: Cassy the Black Cat: Fishy in a Dishy
  • 5. Old Macdonald: Old Macdonald: Farmyard Smoothies
  • 6. Spaceman: An Astronaut: Moon Rock Cakes
  • 7. Holiday Maker: Little Betty Blue: Veggie Sandcastles
  • 8. Decorator: Dougie the Decorator: Fruity Borders
  • 9. Humpty Dumpty: Humpty Dumpty: Humpty's Salad
  • 10. Magician: Malcolm the Magician: Magic Bread
  • 11. Footballer: Franco the Footballer: Fab Footballs
  • 12. Bear: Bear: Buzzy Bees
  • 13. Racing Driver: Robert the Racing Driver: Hot Rod Dogs
  • 14. Robot: Robot: Gingerbread Robot
  • 15. Little Red Riding Hood: Little Red Riding Hood: Flowery Basket Daisy Biscuits
  • 16. Elephant: Elephant: Elephant Treat
  • 17. Mermaid: Miranda the Mermaid: Mermaid Soup
  • 18. Clown: Charlie the Clown: Strawberry Clown
  • 19. Pilot: Paul the Pilot: Pilot's Plane
  • 20. Hairdressers: Harriet the Hairdresser: Dotty Hairstyles
  • 21. Crocodile: Colin the Crocodile: Apple Swamp
  • 22. Duck: Desmond the Duck: Duck Dippers
  • 23. Pink Monster: Pink Monster: Monster Muffins
  • 24. Tortoise: Timothy the Tortoise: Tortoise Salad
  • 25. Disco Dancer: AJ the Disco Dancer: Disco Pops
  • 26. Police Officer: Polly the Police Officer: Traffic Light Toast
  • 27. Sailor: Sam the Sailor: Jolly Jelly Boats
  • 28. Little Bo Peep: Little Bo Peep: Bo Peep's Sheep

Series 2[edit]

  • 1. Mary Mary: Mary Mary Quite Contrary: Fancy Flowers
  • 2. Elf: Ernie the Elf: Elfy Mushrooms
  • 3. Penguin: Penny the Penguin: Iceberg Slush
  • 4. Dragon: Daniel the Dragon: Croissant Dragon
  • 5. Scarecrow: Sidney the Scarecrow: Popcorn Bracelet
  • 6. Painter: Monsieur Le Splat: Herby Paint Pots
  • 7. Pop Star: Rocking Raymond the Popstar: Jazzy Ice Cream
  • 8. Firefighter: Frank the Firefighter: Nee Naw Sirens
  • 9. Three Little Pigs: Three Little Pigs: Crispy Bricks
  • 10. Man in the Moon: Man in the Moon: Starlight Toasties
  • 11. Dentist: Denise the Dentist: Melon Smile
  • 12. Pirate: Percy the Pirate: Pirate's Gold
  • 13. Snow White: Snow White: Seven Dwarves Pies
  • 14. Mouse: Mouse: Cheesy Mice
  • 15. Train Driver: Terry the Train Driver: Choo Choo Train Cake
  • 16. Octopus: Olivia the Octopus: Rock Pools
  • 17. Queen of Hearts: The Queen of Hearts: Queen of Hearts Tarts
  • 18. Garden Gnome: Edwin the Garden Gnome: Fish Finger Crab
  • 19. Rabbit: Rodney the Rabbit: Carrot Cakes
  • 20. Diver: Dorothy the Diver: Shark Samosas
  • 21. Teacher: Mrs Meacher the Teacher: Alphabet Crunch
  • 22. Little Miss Muffet: Little Miss Muffet: Noodle Webs
  • 23. Explorer: Edna the Explorer: Tiger Sushi
  • 24. Monkey: Martin the Monkey: Monkey Baskets
  • 25. Postman: Freddie Flat the Postman: Postman's Pancakes
  • 26. Ballerina: Selina Marina the Prima Ballerina: Berry Ballerina
  • 27. Jack and the Beanstalk: Jack: Beany Giant
  • 28. Cinderella: Cinderella: Pumpkin Pie

Series 3[edit]

  • 1. Frog Prince: The Frog Prince: Froggy Feast
  • 2. Swan: Samantha the Swan: Swan Sorbet
  • 3. Carpenter: Callum the Carpenter: Veggie Tool Belt
  • 4. Fashion Designer: Fenella the Fashion Designer: Fancy Fashion Biscuits
  • 5. Teddy Bear: Terry the Teddy Bear: Teddy Sandwiches
  • 6. Hansel and Gretel: Hansel and Gretel: Vegetable House
  • 7. Rumplestiltskin: Rumplestiltskin: Golden Thread Treat
  • 8. The Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe: The Old Lady Who Lived a Shoe: Pasty Boot
  • 9. Circus Ringmaster: Roberto the Circus Ringmaster: Circus Ring Omelette
  • 10. Cow: Clover the Cow: Spotty Trifle
  • 11. Photographer: Phil the Photographer: Fishcake Camera
  • 12. Librarian: Libby the Librarian: Tortilla Book
  • 13. Aladdin: Aladdin: Magic Carpet Waffle
  • 14. Bumblebee: Barry the Bumblebee: Flower Power Salad
  • 15. Cowgirl: Casey the Cowgirl: Star Bean Burger
  • 16. Vet: Vera the Vet: Pitta Bread Dog
  • 17. Gardener: Gary the Gardener: Gardener's Pickle
  • 18. Golden Goose: Goldie the Golden Goose: Golden Plum Eggs
  • 19. Snake: Sylvester the Snake: Snaky Pasta
  • 20. Jack and Jill: Jack and Jill: Citrus Punch
  • 21. Goldfish: Gupta the Goldfish: Fish Tank Quiche
  • 22. Bus Driver: Betty the Bus Driver: Bagel Wheels
  • 23. Wee Willie Winkie: Wee Willie Winkie: Eight O'Clock Cake
  • 24. Archaeologist: Amanda the Archaeologist: Dinosaur Mash
  • 25. Yeti: Yan the Yeti: Yeti Pear Pudding
  • 26. Butterfly: Belinda the Butterfly: Cabbage Butterfly
  • 27. Twins: Bob and Bill the Twins: Twin Bean Salad
  • 28. Magpie: Monica the Magpie: Fruity Nest
  • 29. Three Billy Goats Gruff: Three Billy Goats Gruff: Baguette Bridge
  • 30. Snail: Sarah the Snail: Cheese and Spinach Snails
  • 31. Gingerbread Man: Gingerbread Man: Gingerbread People
  • 32. Weather Forecaster: Wendy the Weather Forecaster: Cauliflower Clouds
  • 33. Seagull: Siegfried the Seagull: Seafood Cocktail
  • 34. Donkey: Daphne the Donkey: Munchy Crunchy Carrot
  • 35. Lion: Lionel the Lion: Lion Crumble
  • 36. King from Sing a Song of Sixpence: King: King Pie
  • 37. Sleeping Beauty: Sleeping Beauty: Wake Up Juice
  • 38. Pied Piper: Pied Piper: Cheeky Potato Rats
  • 39. Conductor: Colin the Conductor: Cheesy Batons
  • 40. Astronomer: Astrid the Astronomer: Marrow Telescope
  • 41. Mole: Marco the Mole: Mince Pie Moles
  • 42. Kangaroo: Kim the Kangaroo: Kangaroo Pouch
  • 43. Optician: Omar the Optician: Aubergine Spectacles
  • 44. Father Christmas: Father Christmas: Meringue Snowman


  1. ^ "CBeebies - Big Cook Little Cook". BBC. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 

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