Pablo (TV series)

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Pablo
Genre Children's television
Created by Grainne McGuinness
Written by Andrew Brenner
Sumita Majumdar
Rosie King
Paul Isaacs
Donna Williams
Directed by David McGrath
Voices of Sumita Majumdar
Tony Finnegan
Michael White
Rosie King
Tony Finnegan
Michael White
Composer(s) Michael Keeney & Kris Stronge
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 52
Production
Executive producer(s) Pauline MacNamara
Andrew Brenner
Producer(s) Grainne McGuinness
Running time Approx. 11 minutes
Production company(s) Paper Owl Films, CAKE Entertainment
Release
Original network CBeebies
Picture format PAL
Original release 2 October 2017 – present

Pablo is a British children's television series that premiered on CBeebies on 2 October 2017. It was created by Grainne McGuinness. The series deals with the adventures of Pablo, a five year old boy with autism, and his imaginary anthropomorphized animal friends, the Book Animals, who go on adventures in Pablo's 'Art World'.[1][2] It is a hybrid of live action and 2D animation.

Format[edit]

A typical episode will begin in the real world, where Pablo will be engaging in some sort of activity. When encountering a problem or something he doesn't understand (like the loss of his own smell following a bath), the episode will transition into an animated 'art world', represented by Pablo's drawings. There, Pablo and the Book Animals will work together to solve whatever problem is at hand. Add Tony Finnegan to list of writers in right hand column.

Characters[edit]

  • Pablo (voiced by Jake Williamson): The titular protagonist. Williamson himself has autism.
  • Mouse (voiced by Rachael Dickson): Mouse is very reliable and organized, but she's also very sensitive to sounds and smells. She talks in the third person.
  • Noasaurus (voiced by Tony Finnegan): Noasaurus is very kind and gentle, good at maths, but can get nervous and clumsy.
  • Tang (voiced by Michael White): Tang is the big fun goofball of the group, always ready to do anything, but has problems reading social cues and isn't always very careful.
  • Wren (voiced by Sumita Majumdar): Wren is very energetic, but can have difficulty staying focused and flaps her wings a lot for comfort.
  • Llama (voiced by Rosie King): Llama is sweet and curious Well, she has echolaila. meaning she repeats things that people say, as does Pablo in the real world.
  • Draff (voiced by Scott Mulligan): The smartest of the group, Draff is highly intelligent and precise. His most commonly used phrase is ‘in point of fact’, as he loves explaining things.[3][4]

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (2017-2018)[edit]

No.TitleWritten byOriginal air date
1"Big Purple Bird"Andrew Brenner, Based on an idea by Paul Isaacs2 October 2017 (2017-Oct-02)
Pablo is confused where his mum: all he sees is a strange purple bird.
2"The Party Present"Andrew Brenner3 October 2017 (2017-Oct-03)
Pablo hides from a birthday party.
3"The Big Book of Animals"Andrew Brenner4 October 2017 (2017-Oct-04)
Pablo can't find his favourite book.
4"The Lost Smell"Andrew Brenner, Based on an idea by Donna Williams5 October 2017 (2017-Oct-05)
After having a bath, Pablo goes in search of his lost smell.
5"The Super Place"Sumita Majumdar & Andrew Brenner6 October 2017 (2017-Oct-06)
Mouse finds the noisy colours of the supermarket overwhelming, so Pablo and his friends try to help.
6"The Noise Dragon"Andrew Brenner, Based on an idea by Paul Isaacs9 October 2017 (2017-Oct-09)
When Pablo is woken by banging and scraping he draws a cave to hide in, afraid of the noise dragon.
7"Taste of Triangles"Sumita Majumdar & Andrew Brenner10 October 2017 (2017-Oct-10)
Pablo doesn't like his sandwiches being square: he likes them as triangles.
8"Goodnight Blues"Andrew Brenner11 October 2017 (2017-Oct-11)
It's bedtime, but Pablo keeps turning the light back on. Wren worries that when you go to sleep, you disappear, and Pablo agrees with it.
9"Mirror Boy"Andrew Brenner12 October 2017 (2017-Oct-12)
Pablo is fascinated with the boy in the mirror. He draws his new friend and introduces him to the art world.
10"The Fiona"Andrew Brenner13 October 2017 (2017-Oct-13)
Pablo meets Mum's friend.
11"Talked Out"Andrew Brenner, Based on an idea by Donna Williams16 October 2017 (2017-Oct-16)
Pablo doesn't want to talk, but Draff just can't stop!
12"The Sparkles"Andrew Brenner, Based on an idea by Paul Issacs17 October 2017 (2017-Oct-17)
Pablo is splashing in a puddle, making little spots of light dance on the surface. Everyone loves these sparkles and tries to catch them.
13"The Aroma"Sumita Majumdar & Andrew Brenner18 October 2017 (2017-Oct-18)
There is an unusual smell in the house. In the Art World this aroma becomes a swirling character that makes it hard to think or speak at all.
14"Squeak, Squeak, Squeak"Andrew Brenner19 October 2017 (2017-Oct-19)
One day Pablo hears a strange sound and discovers his Mum has some squeaky new shoes. He wants to know what they're trying to say.
15"Big Coat, Small Coat"Andrew Brenner20 October 2017 (2017-Oct-20)
When Pablo's mum says his coat is getting too small, Pablo is horrified. He draws himself small so his old coat will still fit.
16"Tummy Talk"Andrew Brenner, Based on an idea by Paul Issacs13 November 2017 (2017-Nov-13)
Pablo is making funny noises. Noa thinks he's swallowed something. They realise it's his tummy, but nobody knows what it's trying to say.
17"The New Crayons"Sumita Majumdar & Andrew Brenner14 November 2017 (2017-Nov-14)
Pablo's old crayons are running out, but his new ones are the wrong shade, design and smell. How will he be able to draw?
18"Chasing the Breeze"Andrew Brenner15 November 2017 (2017-Nov-15)
Pablo loves feeling the breeze as he swings on the swing. When it's someone else's turn, Pablo enters the Art World and draws a swing.
19"Facts and Mistakes"Andrew Brenner, Based on an idea by Rachael Dickson16 November 2017 (2017-Nov-16)
Pablo makes a mistake in drawing himself, so he decides not to draw himself at all. But his friends in the Art World want to find him.
20"Scaredy Cat"Rosie King17 November 2017 (2017-Nov-17)
Pablo is scared by a print on the wall of a cafe. He draws a very confusing world in response and decides it's okay to be a scaredy cat.
21"One Mum's Rubbish"Sumita Majumdar & Andrew Brenner20 November 2017 (2017-Nov-20)
Pablo likes plastic ice cream spoons even more than ice cream. He keeps them and makes them his friends.
22"The Wildman"Andrew Brenner21 November 2017 (2017-Nov-21)
Pablo doesn't want a haircut, so he draws a picture and enters the Art World. But Tang warns him about becoming The Wildman.
23"Slippy Mouth"Andrew Brenner, Based on an idea by Paul Issacs22 November 2017 (2017-Nov-22)
Pablo's mum's voice sounds disjointed and garbled. Draff thinks it sounds like Slippy Mouth, a very naughty creature who jumbles words up.
24"Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!"Andrew Brenner, Based on an idea by Donna Williams23 November 2017 (2017-Nov-23)
Pablo and the Book Animals are playing with words, treating them as meaningless sounds, which Mouse and Draff find very confusing.
25"Paint the Music"Andrew Brenner24 November 2017 (2017-Nov-24)
Pablo uses his crayons like a conductor and draws colourful music, but Draff insists that music is for your ears, not your eyes.
26"Feeling Scribbly"Sumita Majumdar & Andrew Brenner27 November 2017 (2017-Nov-27)
Pablo feels uncomfortable and doesn't know why. He draws himself as a scribble and his friends have to figure out who he is.
27"Into the Fluff"Andrew Brenner, Based on an idea by Donna Williams28 November 2017 (2017-Nov-28)
Pablo imagines himself shrinking down and exploring colourful fluff.
28"Crisps Everywhere"Sumita Majumdar & Andrew Brenner3 April 2018 (2018-Apr-03)
Pablo spills a packet of crisps everywhere. He goes to the top of a mountain, the bottom of the sea and the moon to get them back.
29"Happiness"Andrew Brenner, Based on an idea by Paul Issacs4 April 2018 (2018-Apr-04)
Pablo has a funny tickly feeling inside and doesn't know what to make of it. In the Art World his friends discover he's full of happy sparkles.
30"Pick Us, Pablo"Rosie King5 April 2018 (2018-Apr-05)
Pablo does not know which pair of shoes to put on.
31"The Duvetsaurus"Andrew Brenner6 April 2018 (2018-Apr-06)
Pablo does not want to get dressed because his clothes are itchy.
32"Surprise"Sumita Majumdar & Andrew Brenner9 April 2018 (2018-Apr-09)
Pablo receives a late birthday present, but is afraid to open it.
33"Mr Whizzy"Andrew Brenner10 April 2018 (2018-Apr-10)
Pablo is fascinated by a whisk.
34"When Foods Collide"Sumita Majumdar & Andrew Brenner11 April 2018 (2018-Apr-11)
Pablo can't eat his lunch: his egg and spaghetti hoops are touching.
35"Word Search"Sumita Majumdar & Andrew Brenner12 April 2018 (2018-Apr-12)
Pablo can't tell his grandma what he wants for his breakfast.
36"Everything Pineapple"Sumita Majumdar & Andrew Brenner13 April 2018 (2018-Apr-13)
Pablo can't stop tasting pineapple everywhere.
37"Night Noises"Tony Finnegan16 April 2018 (2018-Apr-16)
Pablo hears strange sounds when he sleeps.
38"Back and Forth"Tony Finnegan17 April 2018 (2018-Apr-17)
Pablo wishes he could make time go faster so his dessert will be ready sooner.
39"Around the Houses"Stuart Vallantine and Andrew Brenner18 April 2018 (2018-Apr-18)
Pablo and his Mum are waiting for a bus, which isn't on time.
40"Flapping Away"Andrew Brenner19 April 2018 (2018-Apr-19)
Pablo is enjoying flapping his arms so much that he is unable to listen to his Mum or to his animal friends.
41"The Smell Gobbler"Tony Finnegan20 April 2018 (2018-Apr-20)
When Mum leaves a can of air freshener on the counter, it’s up to Pablo and his friends to stop The Smell Gobbler eating all the smells in the house, including the nice ones.
42"Feeling Floaty"Sumita Majumdar & Andrew Brenner10 September 2018 (2018-Sep-10)
Pablo thinks he'll float away.
43"Scab Billy"Rosie King11 September 2018 (2018-Sep-11)
Pablo discovers a scab on his knee and is upset.
44"Face Feelings"Sumita Majumdar & Andrew Brenner12 September 2018 (2018-Sep-12)
Pablo learns his face is saying things he doesn't know about.
45"The Lift"Michael White13 September 2018 (2018-Sep-13)
Pablo is worried about the lift at the department store, so his friends in the Art World reassure him that he will be able to get out again.
46"Book Spider"Michael White14 September 2018 (2018-Sep-14)
Pablo loves the Book Animals, but when he gets a new book with a spider in it, Pablo thinks the spider looks scary. But it turns out the spider is a bit frightened as well.
47"Missing Music"Rosie King17 September 2018 (2018-Sep-17)
Pablo hears a song on the radio and wants to hear it again, but he can't make it come out anymore. The Book Animals try to help him find a way to get it back again.
48"Zip It"Sumita Majumdar & Andrew Brenner18 September 2018 (2018-Sep-18)
Pablo is fascinated with the way the zipper on his coat closes up and opens again. With his friends in the Art World Pablo explores the magic of opening and closing things.
49"Journey to the Centre of the Telly"Rosie King19 September 2018 (2018-Sep-19)
Pablo wants to know what is happening to the characters on his favourite TV program after the TV is turned off. Luckily Noa has an idea about how they can find out!
50"Captain Pinecone"Sumita Majumdar & Andrew Brenner20 September 2018 (2018-Sep-20)
Pablo has two pinecones for tapping, which turn out to be explorers! They lead the Book Animals on a journey to discover sounds and textures and Llama makes an aural map.
51"How Are You?"Sumita Majumdar & Andrew Brenner22 September 2018 (2018-Sep-22)
When the Fiona asks Pablo how he is, Pablo doesn't know the answer. He explores the question with his friends in the Art World and they all try to figure out what it means.
52"Water Boy"Sumita Majumdar & Andrew Brenner, Based on an idea by Paul Issacs24 September 2018 (2018-Sep-24)
Pablo loves watching the rain. Some of his in the Art World friends don't. Draff and Mouse hate getting wet, but Pablo loves the rain so much that he actually turns into it!

Series 2 (2019-)[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Everything you need to know about Pablo: CBeebies' brand new show about autism". 28 September 2017.
  2. ^ "CBeebies Pablo: empowering young people with autism". About the BBC. 29 September 2017.
  3. ^ "New CBeebies animated show explores life on the autistic spectrum". 20 September 2017 – via www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk.
  4. ^ "BBC - Pablo - Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk.

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