Binka

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Binka
Created byRosemary Graham
Written byAndrew Brenner
Rosemary Graham
StarringStephen Tompkinson
Music byEd Welch
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes26
Production
Producer(s)Simon & Sara Bor
Production company(s)Honeycomb Animation
DistributorLace International
Release
Original networkBBC1

Binka is an animated children's television series about the adventures of a fat tomcat named Binka, who frequently travels to three houses for three meals a day. The show aired from 2001 to 2005 (four years, including repeats), running for twenty-six five-minute long episodes on weekday mornings and was first transmitted on BBC1.

Characters and settings[edit]

Binka – The main character in the cartoon. This bloated blue and white colored tomcat likes Suki, chasing squirrels, hunting, eating, exercise and napping. He does not like Spit, bathing or being annoyed by the squirrel.

Suki – A purple coloured cat who likes Binka. She can be friendly to Binka but she also can be disdainful. She walks in a rather vain way.

Tango – The playful puppy who lives with the Lockett family. He likes Binka but he can be an annoyance to him. Binka and Tango are good friends.

Spit – A scornful dark green coloured cat who has a strong dislike for Binka and can be considered the "antagonist" of the show. He intimidates Binka and Tango.

Ollie – A ginger coloured cat who usually pops his head out to see what Binka is doing. They are not friends or enemies.

Mrs. Dawson – The owner of the first house section that Binka goes to regularly.

The Lockett Family – The owners of the second house section that Binka goes to regularly.

Mr. Bolt – The owner of the third house section that Binka goes to regularly.

DVD releases[edit]

In October 2005, a DVD of the series was released, featuring nine or ten episodes, titled Binka and Friends. This is currently the only DVD of this show ever released.

Foreign broadcasting[edit]

Binka has been translated into Welsh and is shown on S4C under the name of Binca. Also, it has been translated to Polish and shown on CBeebies, shown on 2: translated in Portuguese, and has been broadcast on ABC, ABC Kids and ABC2 in Australia, RTÉ2 in the Irish republic, BBC Kids in Canada, MBC 3 in the Middle East, BFBS in Germany, Hop! Channel in Israel, Channel 33 in the U.A.E. and Kids Central in Singapore.

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