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Fun Song Factory
Fun Song Factory.jpg
Logo for the 2004 series
Genre Children's Pre-School
Created by Ged Allen
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 92 (7 live)
Production
Producer(s) Tell-Tale Productions
Running time 20 mins
Production company(s) Tell-Tale Productions
Abbey Broadcast Communications (Original DTV Videos and 1998 TV series)
Entertainment Rights PLC (2004 Series)
Release
Original network ITV Network (CITV/GMTV)
Picture format 4:3 (1994-2000)
16:9 (2004-2006)
First shown in United Kingdom
Original release 1994 – 2004

Fun Song Factory is a British preschool children's show on CITV. It was one of the first songs-based shows to be filmed in front of a live audience of children. It was originally created in 1994 by Will Brenton and Iain Lauchlan, part of the Playdays production team. Seven sell-through videos were shot, selling 750,000 copies in the UK before the series was commissioned by GMTV in 1998. The BAFTA-nominated TV show was originally presented by Justin Fletcher, Katy Stephens, Karl Woolley, Alex Lovell and Dave Benson Phillips alongside a costumed character named Ozzy. This show was nominated for a BAFTA in 1998. In 2004, CITV commissioned an updated version with shorter episodes, featuring a new cast that included a puppet named Harry.

Original production

It was originally created in 1994 by Will Brenton and Iain Lauchlan, part of the Playdays production team, who later went on to create and produce The Tweenies, Boo!, BB3B, and Jim Jam and Sunny.

The first production was a sell-through video filmed at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, presented by Iain Lauchlan, Sarah Davison and Dave Benson Phillips. The video was a great success,[weasel words] and led to a second being filmed at Chicken Shed in North London, this time presented by Iain, Dave, and Michelle Durler.

Seven videos were shot, selling 750,000 copies in the UK before the series was commissioned by GMTV in 1998. The TV show was originally presented by Justin Fletcher, Katy Stephens, Karl Woolley, Alex Lovell, and Dave Benson Phillips alongside a costumed character named Ozzy. This show was nominated for a BAFTA in 1998.

Reboot production

In 2004, CITV commissioned an updated version of the show featuring an all new cast. The cast members in this version all had acting names rather than using their real names. The cast for this new version was Aston Merrygold of JLS as Cookie, Laura Hamilton as Melody, Chris Till as OJ, Kerry Newell as Cal, and Polly Parsons as Paige. They were joined by Ozzy from the previous series and a puppet named Harry. The episodes were also shorter than in the 1998 version, as they lasted 10 minutes rather than 20.

Live Shows (1994-97)

  • Fun Song Factory (1 December 1994)
  • Fun Song Factory 2 (5 January 1996)
  • Party Time at the Fun Song Factory (26 July 1996)
  • The Fun Song Factory at Old MacDonald's Farm (28 September 1996)
  • Christmas at the Fun Song Factory (30 November 1996)
  • Fun Song Factory - Fun and Games (24 September 1997)
  • Fun Song Factory - Nursery Rhyme Land (5 November 1997)

UK VHS and DVD releases

  • Abbey Home Entertainment (through Tempo Pre-School, 1994-1998)
  • Polygram Video (1999)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (1999–2007)
  • Right Entertainment (2004-2007)
VHS Title Release Date Episodes
Fun Song Factory Colours, Collywobbles, Hide and Seek Blue Cover As Seen on GMTV (0585923) 14 September 1998 Colours, Collywobbles, Hide and Seek
Fun Song Factory Please and Thank You, Picnic Time, Helping Green Cover As Seen on GMTV (0585963) 26 October 1998 Please and Thank You, Picnic Time, Helping
Double the Fun at the Fun Song Factory Yellow Cover As Seen on GMTV (0419923) 22 March 1999 Birthdays, People Who Help, Sounds, Big and Small, Farm Animals, Numbers
Making Friends with the Fun Song Factory Orange Cover As Seen on GMTV (0612613) 12 July 1999 Making Friends, Water, Senses
Fun Song Factory Music Purple Cover As Seen on GMTV (0619963) 11 October 1999 Music, Creepy Crawlies, Wild Animals
Out and About Double Pack Fun Song Factory Red Cover As Seen on GMTV (0783623) 20 March 2000 Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Times of the Day, Letters and Words, Transport

Fun Song Factory (1998) episodes

  • "Birthdays" 30 May 1998
  • "Sounds" 6 June 1998
  • "Big and Small" 13 June 1998
  • "Farm Animals" 20 June 1998
  • "Numbers" 27 June 1998
  • "Please and Thank You" 4 July 1998
  • "Picnic Time" 11 July 1998
  • "Helping" 18 July 1998
  • "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" 25 July 1998
  • "Colours" 1 August 1998
  • "Collywobbles" 8 August 1998
  • "Hide and Seek" 15 August 1998
  • "Making Friends" 22 August 1998
  • "Senses" 29 August 1998
  • "Music" 5 September 1998
  • "Creepy Crawlies" 12 September 1998
  • "Wild Animals" 19 September 1998
  • "Times of the Day" 26 September 1998
  • "Transport" 3 October 1998
  • "Water" 10 October 1998
  • "Seasons" 17 October 1998
  • "Letters and Words" 24 October 1998
  • "People Who Help" 31 October 1998

Fun Song Factory Songs in each episode

Fun Song Factory:

Fun Song Factory 2:

Party Time at the Fun Song Factory:

  • Rhythm of the Music
  • Put Your Finger in the Air
  • You Know You Have a Friend
  • My Friend's Orange
  • Do You Know the Muffin Man?
  • Simple Simon
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Aiken Drum
  • Bobby Shaftoe
  • Five Little Men
  • Five Little Soldiers
  • Five Little Mice
  • Five Little Firemen
  • I Can See a Rainbow
  • How High Does a Fly Fly?
  • Three Little Fishes
  • Mousey Brown
  • Chick, Chick, Chick, Chick, Chicken
  • Country Sounds
  • Happy Birthday
  • Dance With Me

The Fun Song Factory at Old MacDonald's Farm:

  • Fun Song Factory Opening
  • Do As I'm Doing
  • How Do You Feel Today?
  • Everybody Do This
  • This is the Way We Polish the Pipes
  • Come Down On the Farm
  • I Went to Visit a Farm One Day
  • When I Was a Lad in My Father's Farm
  • I Can't Stop Tapping My Feet
  • Horsey, Horsey
  • How Now Brown Cow?
  • The Caterpillar Song
  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Pop Goes the Weasel
  • Ride a Cock Horse
  • Little Boy Blue
  • Rub a Dub Dub
  • One, Two Buckle My Shoe
  • Five Little Ducks That I Once Knew
  • Five Little Ducks
  • Incy Wincy Spider
  • I Have a Little Spider
  • Five Little Chickens
  • Five Brown Eggs
  • The More We Are Together
  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  • Fun Song Factory Closing

Christmas Time at the Fun Song Factory:

  • Deck the Halls
  • Here We Come a Caroling
  • We Three Kings
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Away in a Manger
  • Here We Go Round the Christmas Tree
  • Five Little Reindeers
  • Little Donkey
  • Jingle Bells
  • When Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Silent Night
  • All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
  • The Christmas Song
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Fun Song Factory - Fun and Games:

  • Fun Song Factory Opening
  • Copy Me Do
  • Here We Go Looby Loo
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • In and Out the Dusty Bluebells
  • The Farmer's in His Dell
  • There Was a Princess Long Ago
  • I'm a Little Teapot
  • Slowly, Slowly
  • Two Little Dicky Birds
  • Everybody Do This
  • I Went to School One Morning
  • Here We Go Gathering Nuts in May
  • We All Clap Hands Together
  • Sleeping Bunnies
  • Here is a Box
  • Five Little Speckled Frogs
  • Postman Pat Theme
  • Old King Cole
  • Sing a Song of Sixpence
  • BINGO
  • The Grand Old Duke of York
  • Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
  • Hokey Cokey
  • Fun Song Factory Closing

Fun Song Factory - Nursery Rhyme Land:

  • Fun Song Factory Opening
  • Polly Put the Kettle On
  • This Old Man
  • Sing a Song Of Sixpence
  • Michael Finnegan
  • Georgie Porgie
  • Simple Simon
  • Little Jack Horner
  • Jack Sprat
  • Jack be Nimble
  • Peter Piper
  • She Sells Seashells
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Jack and Jill
  • Rub a Dub Dub
  • Goosey, Goosey Gander
  • There Was a Crooked Man
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
  • The Bear Went Over the Mountain
  • Tommy Thumb
  • Two Fat Gentlemen
  • Old Mother Hubbard
  • There Was an Old Woman
  • Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket
  • Do You Know the Muffin Man?
  • Bobby Shaftoe
  • Miss Polly Had a Dolly
  • Doctor Foster
  • Frere Jacques
  • Oranges and Lemons
  • Pop Goes the Weasel
  • Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat
  • Old King Cole
  • The Grand Old Duke of York
  • Fun Song Factory Closing

Birthdays

  • Michael Finnegan
  • If You're Happy and You Know It
  • Five Little Candles
  • Pat a Cake, Pat a Cake
  • The Farmer's In His Dell
  • Happy Birthday
  • Sleeping Bunnies

Sounds

  • Cows In the Kitchen
  • Oranges and Lemons
  • We Can Play On the Big Bass Drum
  • Walking Through the Jungle
  • In the Middle of the Night

Big and Small

  • You Know You Have a Friend
  • Size Magic
  • We Think Mice Are Rather Nice
  • The Ant and the Elephant
  • My Friend's Orange
  • I'm the Same as You
  • I Saw a Giant Walking

Farm Animals

  • There's a Cow In the Kitchen
  • Horsey, Horsey
  • Five Little Ducks
  • This Little Piggy
  • Chick, Chick, Chick, Chick Chicken
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Old Macdonald Had a Farm

Numbers

  • Ten Green Bottles
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Four Wheels On My Wagon
  • Five Little Ducks
  • Ten In a Bed

Please and Thank You

  • How Do You Feel Today?
  • Two Fat Gentlemen
  • Five Currant Buns
  • I'm a Little Teapot
  • Be Kind to One Another
  • Here We Go Looby Loo

Picnic Time

  • Here We Go Looby Loo
  • Ten Fat Sausages
  • I Hear Thunder
  • Jelly On a Plate
  • Feeling Down Song
  • If You're Happy and You Know It

Helping

  • One Finger, One Thumb
  • This Is the Way We Dust It Down
  • We Went to the Kitchen
  • I Can
  • Gonna Help Fred Out
  • Rhythm of the Music

Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

  • Hokey Cokey
  • Put Your Finger In the Air
  • I Can't Stop Tapping My Feet
  • Tommy Thumb
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Colours

  • Ozzy Went to Paint
  • These are All the Colour Moods
  • Mousie Brown
  • Yellow Bird
  • The Colours Song
  • I Can Sing a Rainbow

Collywobbles

  • We All Clap Hands Together
  • Incy Wincy Spider
  • Wiggly Woo
  • The Caterpillar Song
  • If You're Scared
  • Dance With Me

Hide and Seek

  • How Do You Feel Today?
  • We're Playing Hide and Seek
  • I Have a Little Spider
  • They'll Be Coming Through the Factory
  • If You're Happy and You Know It

Making Friends

  • Do As I'm Doing
  • Everybody Do This
  • We're Really Glad You Came
  • One Finger, One Thumb
  • Copy Me Do
  • If You Want to Make a Friend

Senses

  • Everybody Do This
  • Country Sounds
  • Put Your Hands In the Box
  • Five Chocolate Eclairs
  • Looking Through the Telescope
  • The Senses Song

Music

  • Music Man
  • Come On Feel the Music
  • When We're Singing
  • It's the Music Box
  • Rhythm of the Music

Creepy Crawlies

  • There Are Lots of Creepy Crawlies All Around
  • Wiggly Woo
  • Ringo's Beetle Song
  • Caterpillars Only Crawl
  • Mrs Ladybird
  • Insects poem
  • Incy Wincy Spider
  • Five Little Spiders
  • The Minibeasts Song

Wild Animals

  • I've Been All Around the World
  • One Elephant Went Out One Day
  • A Crocodile Swam in the Water
  • The Bear Went Over the Mountain
  • Look After the World
  • Down in the Jungle

Times of the Day

  • What Shall We Do When the Clock Strikes Eight?
  • Eggs and Bacon
  • We Went to the Factory
  • The Jam Sandwich Song
  • There Was a Princess Long Ago
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Transport

  • The Runaway Train
  • Horsey, Horsey
  • Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer
  • The Wheels On the Bus
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • Yellow Submarine

Water

  • Open and Shut Them
  • Wash Your Dirty Hands
  • Down Comes the Rain
  • This is the Bread that Jack Makes
  • Five Little Ducks That I Once Knew
  • Five Little Speckled Frogs
  • Bobby Shaftoe
  • A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea

Seasons

  • Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
  • Seasons Come and Seasons Go
  • The Wind poem
  • Five Little Snowmen
  • The Spring Song
  • Doctor Foster
  • The Sun Has Got His Hat On

Letters and Words

  • SALLY
  • Splash
  • Five Little Speckled Frogs
  • Peter Rabbit
  • Monkey ABC

People Who Help

  • This Old Man
  • Uncle Bill
  • Five Little Firemen
  • Miss Polly Had a Dolly
  • Stop, Look and Listen Before You Cross the Road
  • Dingle Dangle Scarecrow

References

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