Me and My Monsters

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Me and My Monsters
Created byMark Grant
Claudia Lloyd
StarringFelix Williamson
Lauren Clair
Macauley Keeper
Ivy Latimer
Puppeteers: Heath McIvor
Don Austen
David Collins
Country of originAustralia
United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Production
Executive producer(s)Greg Brenman
Donna Andrews
Lisa Henson
Halle Stanford
Running time25 minutes
Production company(s)The Jim Henson Company
Tiger Aspect Productions
Sticky Pictures
DistributorBBC Worldwide
Release
Original networkNetwork Ten (Australia)
CBBC (UK)
Original release18 October 2010 –
27 April 2011
External links
Website

Me and My Monsters is a children's comedy television program from The Jim Henson Company that combines live action and puppetry. The series is an Australian/UK co-production filmed in Australia. It first screened on CBBC on 18 October 2010 and airs on Network Ten and Nickelodeon.[1]

Overview[edit]

The Carlson family, who have recently relocated from Australia to the UK, discover that there are three monsters living in their basement. Eddie would get along with the monsters much to the chagrin of his father and sister and to the delight of his mother.[2]

Production[edit]

The series is produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and Sticky Pictures with the Jim Henson Company. It was commissioned by the BBC in the UK for CBBC, ZDF in Germany, and Network Ten and Nickelodeon Australia in Australia. It features four human actors and three monster puppets developed by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. The series is written by Mark Grant, Rebecca De Souza, Claudia Lloyd, Larry Rickard, George Sawyer, Tom Basden, Sam Leifer, and James Bachman. There are 13 episodes in the first series which have all been aired. A second series aired in less than half a year and features 13 more episodes. The first series aired on CBBC on 18 October 2010 and aired every week day except Monday until Series 1 Episode 10, Dust Bag Love, which aired on 29 October. Episodes 1 through 10 had a slot of 8:00 am or 8:05 am during half term. When half term finished, the show did not air until 3 November 2010 with Episodes 11 and 12, airing at 6:30pm. Episode 13 aired after that weekend on its normal Tuesday not Monday slot concluding Series One on 8 November 2010. A second series was then set to start airing on 11 April 2011 at 8:00 am, and a new repeat slot of 6:15 pm for the new episodes has been made on CBBC. Originally, the whole two seasons was made as 26 episodes of half hour for one whole series but has split into two seasons with a 4 to 5-month gap in between their original airdates.[3]

Characters[edit]

  • Eddie Carlson (played by Macauley Keeper) – The monsters' best friend, who is at school at Whitgift in Surrey.
  • Angela Carlson (played by Ivy Latimer) – Eddie's older sister who doesn't like the monsters.
  • Kate Carlson (played by Lauren Clair) – Eddie's mother who the monsters call "human-mum-thingy-person".
  • Nick Carlson (played by Felix Williamson) – Eddie's father who the monsters call "human-dad-thingy-person".

Monsters[edit]

  • Haggis (performed by Don Austen, Sean Masterson (Season 1) and David Collins (Season 2), voiced by David Collins) - A gigantic red and orange monster. He doesn't do a good job at being a monster since he tends to scare himself.
  • Norman (performed by Fiona Gentle, Matthew McCoy (Season 1) and Sean Masterson (Season 2), voiced by David Collins) - A purple monster who is a bit of an oddball and is the only one who can't talk; instead making bizarre noises though Fiend and Haggis can still understand him.
  • Fiend (performed by Heath McIvor and Alice Osborne, voiced by David Collins) - A green multi-eyed monster who is the smallest of the bunch. He considers himself the leader of the monsters.

DVD release[edit]

The full series of Me and My Monsters was released as a box set in Germany and Switzerland. Also in Norway and Sweden. In Australia, there has been a DVD release of Me and My Monsters called Series 1: Episodes 1–7. As the title says it contains the first seven episodes only.

Books[edit]

Four episodes from the series were turned into books. The first one was called monsters in the basement and was based on series 1, episode 1. The second book was called Monster mess and was based on series 1, episode 10. The third book was called Monster mess and was based on series 1, episode 12. The fourth and final book was called Monster school and was based on series 1, episode 2. Although all books are based on episodes from series 1, the third and fourth book were released during series 2. All books are written by Rory Growler.

Episodes[edit]

Series 1[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Strictly No Pets"Martin DennisMark GrantTBA
The Carlson family are moving into their new home, unaware that it has a basement with three monsters living in it. The Monsters tell Eddie that they scared off everyone else who came to look at the house; choosing them to stay. Eddie has to think about how to break the news to the rest of his family…
2"Monster Smart"Lynn HegartyMark Huckerby & Nick OstlerTBA
After Angela gets straight A’s on her school report, Eddie becomes extremely nervous that his own report is going to be terrible. So to prevent his parents from getting it, he tries to find it in the post while the Monsters distract the rest of the family.
3"Monster-in-a-Box"Martin DennisMark GrantTBA
Haggis is depressed and no-one is fully sure as to why. The family ask a therapist who concludes that he simply needs a father figure; so Nick reluctantly agrees to take the job.
4"The Fabulous Monsterettes"Martin DennisMark GrantTBA
After learning that Angela is going to have sing in her school assembly, the Monsters decide to reform their old singing group “The Fabulous Monsterettes”. Meanwhile, Eddie believes his dad is having an affair and becomes terrified that he’s going to leave. So he recruits the Monsters to try to help keep his parents together.
5"The Big Fib"Marcus ColeMark Huckerby & Nick OstlerTBA
Kate attempts a new goth rock look for her cooking show which does not really suit her but Nick and Angela, unconvincingly, claim it was good; much to the Monsters confusion. Eddie then teaches them about the concept of lying, which soon leads to things getting very out of hand...
6"Haggis Strikes Back"Mark BarnardLaurence Rickard & George SawyerTBA
One of Fiend’s schemes results in Angela being woken in middle of the night but it’s Haggis who gets the brunt of her fury. Knowing that Haggis lacks confidence and is often bullied into doing what Fiend wants, Eddie teaches him to stand up for himself. However, this then leads to him becoming overly assertive.
7"My Big Fat Monster Wedding"Marcus ColeJamie Lennox & Louis WaymouthTBA
Nick forgets his and Kate’s anniversary and he attempts a last minute surprise dinner for her but the pressure he’s under from his boss cause it to go horribly wrong. Kate then remarks that Nick is “not the man [she] married”. This leads the monsters to believe that Nick is an imposter and they kidnap him.
8"Sleepover"Marcus ColeLaurence Rickard & George SawyerTBA
Angela is preparing for a sleepover but her friends bail on her at the last minute. The Monsters offer to step in to prevent her being alone and, much to her surprise, she really enjoys their company. But then her friends suddenly turn up, leaving her in a difficult situation of trying to please them and the Monsters.
9"Dear Diary"Marcus ColeTom Basden & Sam LeiflerTBA
After stealing Angela’s diary, Eddie and the Monsters keep reading it, becoming obsessed with her day-to-day life. Kate initially tells them off for this but cannot risk sneaking a peak at it herself after she becomes sceptical about a boy Angela seems to be spending a lot of time with.
10"Dust Bag Love"Martin DennisMark GrantTBA
Kate becomes sick of the Monsters constantly making a mess so she hires a cleaner. Unfortunately, the Monsters disobey Kate’s instructions to stay in the basement and scare the cleaner away. Kate then reaches her breaking point so Eddie suggests the Monsters try to clean the house to make it up to her.
11"Baby Love"Lynn HegartyJames BachmanTBA
Angela, much to her disgust, is made to look after the baby son of some friends for an afternoon. The Monsters are curious as to how babies are made so Nick tries to explain it to them as delicately as he can but, as usual, they completely misunderstand and Haggis ends up believing he’s pregnant.
12"Call of the Mild"Mark BarnardMark Huckerby & Nick OstlerTBA
Tired of their constant trouble-making, Nick and Kate banish the Monsters down to the basement (yet again). Eddie then tinkers with the pipes and floods the basement so that his friends can live upstairs. They start trying to act like grown-ups which, naturally, doesn’t go very well so Nick and Kate begin acting like monsters.
13"Bogey Brothers"Mark BarnardMark GrantTBA
As he enjoys being among his monster friends so much, Eddie decides that he wants to become a full-time monster. Nick and Kate are not too pleased by this so they invite over a boy from across the street to play video games with Eddie. This proves to be a success but the Monsters become bored and play a prank on Nick to which he finally snaps and abandons them in the woods. Eddie is horrified at this, as are Kate and Angela, and they all set out to find the Monsters.

Series 2[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Monster Lurgy"Mark BarnardJamie Lennox & Louis WaymouthTBA
Eddie pretends to be ill so he can avoid a big maths test at school and play with the Monsters all day. However Nick is also home ill, leading the Monsters to believe there is a “bug” roaming around and become so terrified that they set up an elaborate trap in the basement to catch it.
2"Shiny Stuff"Peter CudlippLaurence Rickard & George SawyerTBA
The Monsters become obsessed with shiny objects but once Eddie introduces them to money, and how it can be obtained, they start their own business so they can earn their own “shiny stuff”. However, they soon take things too far and their enterprise ends up causing repercussions for the company Nick works for.
3"Staycation"Peter CudlippMatt Leys & Martin TrenamanTBA
The Carlsons are preparing for a dream two week holiday in Mexico but Eddie is unwilling to leave the Monsters on their own for so long. So, to try and make Eddie happy, Norman eats their passports. Although they are initially dejected, the family decide to still have their holiday, but at home instead; with three monsters to help to add to the fun.
4"Teenage Dream Boy"Mark BarnardMark GrantTBA
Eddie goes down to the basement to find Norman taped to a chair. Fiend reveals that every one-hundred years, Norman changes into something else for an hour, but they never know what it will be beforehand. On this particular occasion, he turns into a teenage boy and escapes the basement. This happens on the same evening that Kate and Nick are having their new neighbours over for dinner, leading Angela to mistake him for their teenage son…
5"Monster on Top"Mark BarnardLaurence RickardTBA
Eddie goes away for a weekend school trip and the Monsters are left feeling lost without their leader. Unsure of who should replace him, they each launch a political campaign of why they should be the new “King of the Monsters”; plastering posters all over the house, making announcements over the speaker system and causing much annoyance for the family.
6"Monstrously Good Cookies"Peter CudlippSimon Racioppa & Richard ElliottTBA
Kate is preparing for a cookie competition and gives Eddie and the Monsters strict instructions to stay away. Naturally they ignore this and, unbeknownst to Kate, some of Norman's fur ends up in her cookie mix. She then wins the competition and lands a spot on a top cooking show. Already feeling the pressure of being on TV, she then learns the truth behind her success…
7"Quality Time"Peter CudlippMark Huckerby & Nick OstlerTBA
No one in the family has time to play with the monsters due to various reasons. This leads to them believing that 'time' is their enemy so they steal all the clocks in the house, making the family incredibly late for work/school the next day. In response to this Nick buys a, rather terrifying, grandfather clock.
8"Next Big Thing"Mark BernardLaurence RickardTBA
After watching one of Kate’s appearances on a cooking show, which goes disastrously wrong, the monsters decide to launch their own TV network. They begin filming the family as they go about their day-to-day activities, and create an alter-ego for Norm entitled ‘Jamumzy’.
9"The Fall Out"Mark BernardMark GrantTBA
Eddie's birthday is approaching and, after learning about the concept of birthdays, the monsters bicker about what to get for him. This then leads to a full-scale argument between them in which they are physically attacking one another. This upsets Eddie and threatens to ruin his birthday celebrations...
10"Chain Gang"Peter CudlippJames BachmanTBA
Eddie is going out to perform a magic show at his school. This inspires Fiend to don his own magical act. He becomes “The Amazing Fienduccio” and convinces Angela to help with one of his tricks. However this results in her and Norman being chained together; on the night that her school friend, Steven, is coming over to watch a film with her for their English project.
11"Swap Fever"Peter CudlippAndy WattsTBA
Eddie tells the monsters about swapping “teeny pets”, the free toys that come in cereal packets. However Fiend and Haggis soon become unhealthily obsessed with them. Meanwhile, Norman is injured after helping Angela retrieve a heavy trunk from the top cupboard of her room. Feeling guilty, she lets him use her bed and starts nursing him.
12"Alone Together"Lynn HegartyTom Basden & Sam LeiflerTBA
The Carlsons are going away for the weekend to visit Kate’s mother. Just before they go, they have a new burglar alarm fitted but the men who installed it are burglars themselves and are planning using the Carlsons house to store their stolen goods for the weekend. The monsters are initially terrified but, upon realising that they are the meant to be the scary ones, they concoct a plan to deal with these “bugglers”.
13"Monstersitter"Lynn HegartyJamie Lennox & Louis WaymouthTBA
Kate and Nick are going out and are leaving Angela and Eddie in the care of a new babysitter, Pauline. She proves to be very strict and is acting very suspiciously. They initially suspect of her of being a thief but, upon listening to a recording on her Dictaphone, they realise that she is actually a monster hunter!


NOTE: Only Series 2 Episodes 1-7 were broadcast in HD on BBC HD in Spring 2011 and Series 1 Episodes 1-4 on CBBC HD throughout December 2013, although all the episodes were filmed in HD. Series 1 episodes 5-13 were aired from 27 February until 11 March 2015. They were aired on CBBC HD.

Cast[edit]

Puppeteers[edit]

  • Don Austen - Haggis
  • David Collins - Norman, Haggis (assistant puppeteer)
  • Fiona Gentle - Norman (assistant puppeteer)
  • Sean Masterson - Haggis (assistant puppeteer)
  • Matthew McCoy - Norman (assistant puppeteer)
  • Heath McIvor - Fiend
  • Alice Osborne - Fiend (assistant puppeteer)

International broadcasts[edit]

Country Channel Premiere Date Dubbing / Subtitles
Israel Israel Arutz HaYeladim 1 September 2011 Hebrew dubbing
Portugal Portugal RTP 2 17 December 2011 Portuguese dubbing
Brazil Brazil Gloob
TV Cultura
15 May 2012
19 May 2012
Portuguese dubbing
Hungary Hungary M2 11 January 2014 Hungarian dubbing
Italy Italy Frisbee 4 June 2012 Italian dubbing
Poland Poland Teletoon+ 31 October 2012 Polish dubbing
Serbia Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina B&H
Republic of Macedonia Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro MNE
Ultra TV 2013 Serbian dubbing
Argentina Argentina Telefe 3 November 2012 American Spanish dubbing
Qatar Qatar JeemTV 2013 Arabic dubbing
Turkey Turkey Kidz TV 2012 Turkish dubbing
Mexico Mexico Once TV 2013 American Spanish dubbing
Greece Greece N1 14 July 2014 Greek dubbing

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