Bing (TV series)
|Based on||Ted Dewan's original Bing books|
|Developed by||Acamar Films|
Trystan Tomos Thurtle
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||78 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||7 minutes|
|Original release||9 June 2014– 20 May 2015|
Bing is a British CGI-animated children's television series based on the books by Ted Dewan. It is broadcast on UK TV channel CBeebies the series follows a pre-school bunny named Bing as he experiences the world around him. It uses small everyday occurrences to demonstrate how he learns new ways to manage situations with the help of his carer, Flop (voiced by Mark Rylance) and friends. The programme's central phrase is "It's a Bing thing!" which Flop intones at the end of each episode when Bing has successfully conquered a troubling task or enjoyed a new childhood experience. There may be a state if Bing will have a second season.
The series of 78, eight minute episodes show the "mishaps, mess, energy and wonder of being a relatively new human being". The programme focuses on real-life situations experienced by many toddlers and their parents. At the end, Bing summarizes what he has learnt in the episode, with Flop intoning "It's a Bing thing".
- Bing (voiced by Elliot Kerley and Trystan Tomos Thurtle) is the titular protagonist of the programme. His favourite toy is Hoppity Voosh, a rabbit superhero. He wears a green shirt, a red checkered jumper and black and white sneakers and he loves to hum, whistle, pretend and do untroubling childlike things.
- Flop (voiced by Mark Rylance) is Bing's carer, guiding Bing through his toddler life, entertaining him and soothing him when he faces a problem. He is a short orange-skinned creature.
- Sula (voiced by Eve Bentley) is a female brown elephant and one of Bing's best friends.
- Amma (voiced by Akiya Henry), is Sula's carer. Amma runs the creche and park café which the programme's child characters sometimes visit. Similar to Flop, she is a short yet blue-skinned and she's an elephant-like creature.
- Pando (voiced by Shai Portnoy) is a panda who is also Bing's second best friend, and lives next door to him. He shares his catchphrase, "Hoppity-voosh! " with Bing. He wears a white shirt, black sneakers and underwear and he hums, whistles, pretends and does untroubling unchildlike things just like Bing.
- Padget (voiced by Bryony Hannah) is Pando's carer. She runs the corner shop near to where Bing lives. Padget can sometimes be spotted out jogging or else driving her yellow tuk-tuk.
- Coco (voiced by Jocelyn Macnab) is Bing's 5-year-old older cousin and Charlie's older sister. Coco is the eldest of the child characters.
- Charlie (voiced by Poppy Hendley), is Coco's 1-year-old baby brother and Bing's cousin who cannot talk. He puts everything in his mouth and the others say, "Don't chew it Charlie!"
Bing was based on a series of books called "Bing Bunny" written and illustrated by Ted Dewan. Acamar Films acquired the rights to Bing Bunny and produced the program in conjunction with Brown Bag Films and Tandem Films. The series was developed for CBeebies though initial episodes were viewable at MIPTV.
The 70-minute DVDs are released by Studio Canal. The first DVD "Swing... and other episodes" was released on 31 March 2015 and features 10 episodes - Bye Bye, Swing, Blocks, Ducks, Smoothie, Frog, Car Park, Shadow, Musical Statues, and Voo Voo. A second DVD was released on 15 June 2015 and is titled "Storytime... and other episodes", featuring a further 10 episodes - Storytime, Growing, Atchoo, Hide & Seek, Bake, Train, Say Goodbye, Lost, Picnic, and Balloon.
Awards and nominations
|2015||Annecy International Animated Film Festival||TV Series||For "Bye Bye"||Nominated|
|2014||BAFTA||Pre-School Animation||For full series||Nominated|
|2015||Pulcinella Award||TV Series for PreSchool||For full series||Nominated|
|2015||Writers Guild Award||Best Children's TV Episode||For “Bye Bye” by Denise Cassar & the Bing Writing Team||Won|
|2016||International Emmy Kids Award||Pre-School||For full series||Won|
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