Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks

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Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks
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Created byFrancis Fitzpatrick
Denise Fitzpatrick
StarringPeadar Lamb
Maile Flanagan
Russi Taylor
Tara Strong
Charles Adler
Nika Futterman
Melissa Disney
Pamela Adlon
Mel Brooks
Joan Rivers
Theme music composerHarriet Schock
Country of originUnited States
United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes53 (list of episodes)
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)Entara Ltd.
Mike Young Productions
Crest Communications
Taffy Entertainment
Original networkPBS Kids (US)
CBBC and CBeebies (UK)
RTE Two (Ireland)
Original releaseSeptember 7, 2003 (2003-09-07) –
January 24, 2007 (2007-01-24)[2]

Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks (or Jakers in Europe) is an American-British-Irish computer-animated children's television series. The series was broadcast in the United States on PBS Kids, CBBC, Cbeebies, and Qubo.[3] It was also broadcast in Australia on ABC Kids.[4]

The show chronicles the boyhood adventures of Piggley Winks, an anthropomorphic pig from Ireland, and how he relates these stories to his grandchildren as a grandfather in the modern day.[5]

The story takes place on Raloo Farm in Skryne, County Meath, Ireland, where show creators Francis and Denise Fitzpatrick live.[6]

The word "jakers" was originally a euphemism for "Jesus" in much of Ireland during the 1950s and 1960s, and was an exclamation of surprise, delight, dismay, or alarm. Piggley and his father exclusively use it to express their delight when they discover something on their adventures.

Notably, the show contains voiceovoer work by Joan Rivers and Mel Brooks.


Jakers! takes place in two different settings, in two different time periods.

In the present time (the frame story), Piggley Winks lives in the United States (or Great Britain, according to different versions) and tells stories of his childhood in a rural area in the south of Ireland to his three grandchildren. In flashbacks, he is seen as a child, playing with his friends and going to school in rural Ireland in the mid-1950s. Most of the main characters are anthropomorphic animals—including Piggley and his family, who are all pigs. However, there are normal, non-anthropomorphic animals in the show as well.


Piggley Winks lived with his parents Pádraig and Elly and his younger sister Molly at Raloo Farm in Ireland during the 1950s. His best friends are Dannan O'Mallard, a duck who lives in a hut by a pond with her rarely seen grandmother, and Fernando "Ferny" Toro, a young bull who lives with his widowed father, the Spanish blacksmith Don Toro in the village of Tara. Piggley's rival is the main antagonist, Hector McBadger.

Piggley lives his everyday life on the farm as a normal child, going to school, helping his parents, taking care of his sister, and having adventures, almost always followed by his friends. He has always been interested in stories and legends, and his fertile mind and mischievous spirit put him in many unpredictable situations, like believing fairies turned Ferny into a bug, trying to hatch a supposed dragon's egg, using the Salmon of Knowledge to pass the school exam, and even trying to capture the legendary Fir Darrig.

Each story also features a subplot featuring Wiley, the sheep (voiced by Mel Brooks). As the only sheep in the flock who can talk, he believes he is their natural leader, and tries to get the other sheep to do all kinds of different things (singing, racing, playing sports, acting, etc.), with varying degrees of success. He is later assisted by his mate, a female sheep named Shirley (in earlier seasons, Shirley had no lines, and in the episode "Growing Pains" gave birth to a lamb, later named Little Baa).

A running gag on the show is that Wiley's subplot and Piggley's plot would collide (e.g. in "Sheep on the Loose", Wiley runs away and Piggley, as the shepherd, tries to find him).

CommonSenseMedia explains that at the end of each episode there is a live-action segment, in which "group of children talk about their own experiences and feelings, reflecting on what the episode has been about".[7]


An elderly Piggley lives with his daughter Ciara and her three children, the twins Seán and Séamus, and their older sister Meg. Whenever the children have a issue, Piggley tells them one of his childhood stories as a moral lesson. The grandchildren are able to identify exaggerations in his stories.

The original American accents of Ciara and her children have been dubbed with English accents for broadcast in the United Kingdom.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
140September 7, 2003 (2003-09-07)June 27, 2004 (2004-06-27)
212September 5, 2004 (2004-09-05)January 30, 2005 (2005-01-30)
312September 18, 2006 (2006-09-18)January 23, 2007 (2007-01-23)







Jakers! The Adventures Of Piggley Winks was shown on CBeebies and CBBC in United Kingdom from 2004 up until early 2011. It first aired in the United Kingdom on the CBBC Channel on September 6, 2004 and later was repeated on CBeebies from February 13, 2006 on the BBC One strand at 3:25pm. But it didn't air on the CBeebies Channel until March 19, 2007, when the scheduling of CBeebies was changing.[8] and Qubo, PBS Kids, and Sprout in United States.[9]

9 Story Media Group currently distributes the series.[10]

The show was repeated on PBS kids until August 31, 2008


Critical response[edit]

CommonSenseMedia gave the show a rating of 4 stars out of 5, commenting "The animation is lovely, the characters are amusing and cute, and the lessons are so gently presented that it really is a pleasure to learn them."[7]


  • Humanitas Award Children's Animation Category for "The Gift" Written by Sindy McKay, Dennis Haley & Marcy Brown (2007)
  • Humanitas Award in the Children's Animation Category for "Waking Thor" Written by Kelly Ward and Cliff McGillivray (2005)
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Animated Program (2006)
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramMaile Flanagan (2006)
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction & Composition (2005)
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual in Animation – Milk Melodrama (2005)
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual in Animation – Production designer (2004)
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual in Animation – Storyboard artist: All Night Long (2004)
  • BAFTA Award for Best Animated Series in the International Category (2005)
  • Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo Award in the Animated Series Category (2005)
  • Chicago International Film Festival Silver Hugo Award in the Animated Series Category (2004)
  • Webby Award for PBS/Jakers! Website (2005)
  • Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award in the Television Category (2004 & 2006)
  • Genesis Commendation Award from the Humane Society of the United States (2004)
  • New York Festivals Gold World Medal Award in the Animation category for Youth/Young Adult Programs (2006)
  • Prix Jeunesse Web Prize Winner (2004)


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  8. ^ "Jakers: The Adventures of Piggley Winks – Episode guide – BBC – CBBC". BBC. Archived from the original on September 4, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  9. ^ "Jakers! | Qubo – Qubo is the nation's only 24/7 over-the-air network for children". Qubo. Archived from the original on August 3, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  10. ^ https://9story.com/portfolio/jakers/

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