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Baby Jake
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Sibsey Trader Mill in Lincolnshire was the location used in the filming of the opening and closing sequences of Baby Jake
Opening theme "Baby Jake"
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Maddy Darrall
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) Darrall Macqueen Ltd
CBeebies
Jam Media
Release
Original network CBeebies
Original release 4 July 2011 (2011-07-04) – 15 October 2012 (2012-10-15)

Baby Jake is a children's television programme originally broadcasting in the UK. It first aired on 4 July 2011.

The programme features Jake, a nine-month-old baby. Jake is the youngest of ten children all living in a windmill with their parents, all with their first names starting with the first letter of the alphabet.

Each episode features Jake embarking on an adventure with a host of magical characters that may include Pengy Quinn the Penguin, Toot Toot the Tractor, Captain Spacey and the Hamsternauts, Nibbles the Rabbit and Sydney the Monkey. These characters are always doing something related to the adventure that Baby Jake is on.

The show features a child narrator and all ten children are depicted in real life, although Baby Jake is given a multi-angle photographic face on an animated body. Jake's babbling is translated by his 5-year-old brother Isaac. Isaac is voiced by a real-life 5-year-old boy, in a move described by the Guardian as "a risk" since the majority of successful children's television is narrated by adults. The roles of Jake and Isaac are portrayed by real-life brothers Adamo and Franco Bertacchi-Morroni respectively, with Kaizer Akhtar providing the voice of Isaac.

Production

The programme cost £1.85m to produce, and was funded by the Irish Film Board and CBeebies.

Darrall Macqueen Ltd originated the series and produced the animated elements of the programme through JAM Media. JAM Media are an Irish animation studio who also made Tilly and Friends. Maddy Darrall was quoted by the Metro as gaining inspiration for the show from watching her 7-year-old nephew understanding her 1-year-old son.

The series is animated by Jam Media in Dublin and the lead writer is Dave Ingham (Charlie and Lola, Koala Brothers).

Location

The windmill featured in the series is Sibsey Trader Mill just outside the village of Sibsey near Boston in Lincolnshire. In the programme it is shown as a large family home with additional floors, rooms and windows rather than a working mill, although it shows full working sails. Wheat harvesting in fields in and around the mill at the time had to be delayed to allow filming to take place back in the late summer of 2010 so that they had the correct ripened wheat colours.

Series

Series one of Baby Jake ran in the UK each weekday from July to August 2011 and consisted of 26 episodes in total.

Series two began on 10 September 2012 also consisting of 26 episodes.

Series two was the last series commissioned. There has been no request for a further series since. The series has also been shown on Al-Jazeera.

Episodes

Series 1 (2011)

No. Title Original air date
1 "Playing Chase" 4 July 2011 (2011-07-04)
2 "Peek-a-boo" 5 July 2011 (2011-07-05)
3 "Tummy Sliding" 6 July 2011 (2011-07-06)
4 "To Wriggle" 7 July 2011 (2011-07-07)
5 "Tickle Toes" 8 July 2011 (2011-07-08)
6 "to Say Hello" 11 July 2011 (2011-07-11)
7 "Cartwheeling" 12 July 2011 (2011-07-12)
8 "Spinning in Space" 13 July 2011 (2011-07-13)
9 "To Bumpety Bump" 14 July 2011 (2011-07-14)
10 "Flappy Clapping" 15 July 2011 (2011-07-15)
11 "Being Upside Down" 18 July 2011 (2011-07-18)
12 "Playing Ball" 19 July 2011 (2011-07-19)
13 "Making Noise" 20 July 2011 (2011-07-20)
14 "Bouncing Apples" 21 July 2011 (2011-07-21)
15 "To Copy You" 22 July 2011 (2011-07-22)
16 "Jumping" 25 July 2011 (2011-07-25)
17 "To Hum Along" 26 July 2011 (2011-07-26)
18 "Surprising You" 27 July 2011 (2011-07-27)
19 "Sticky Fun" 28 July 2011 (2011-07-28)
20 "To Stompety Stomp" 29 July 2011 (2011-07-29)
21 "To Roll and Ride" 1 August 2011 (2011-08-01)
22 "Swinging" 2 August 2011 (2011-08-02)
23 "Footprints" 3 August 2011 (2011-08-03)
24 "The Boogie Beat" 4 August 2011 (2011-08-04)
25 "Party Time" 5 August 2011 (2011-08-05)
26 "Being Funny" 8 August 2011 (2011-08-08)

Series 2 (2012)

No. Title Original air date
27 "Popping Peas" 10 September 2012 (2012-09-10)
28 "Stretching" 11 September 2012 (2012-09-11)
29 "His Spinning Hat" 12 September 2012 (2012-09-12)
30 "Chasing an Egg" 13 September 2012 (2012-09-13)
31 "Wobbling" 14 September 2012 (2012-09-14)
32 "Spinning a Web" 17 September 2012 (2012-09-17)
33 "Musical Statues" 18 September 2012 (2012-09-18)
34 "A Picnic Feast" 19 September 2012 (2012-09-19)
35 "Bath Time" 20 September 2012 (2012-09-20)
36 "Waving" 21 September 2012 (2012-09-21)
37 "Space Painting" 24 September 2012 (2012-09-24)
38 "Building" 25 September 2012 (2012-09-25)
39 "Jiggle and Shake" 26 September 2012 (2012-09-26)
40 "Balloons" 27 September 2012 (2012-09-27)
41 "Pretend" 28 September 2012 (2012-09-28)
42 "Ballet Dancing" 1 October 2012 (2012-10-01)
43 "Cuddles" 2 October 2012 (2012-10-02)
44 "Making Honey" 3 October 2012 (2012-10-03)
45 "Knock Knock" 4 October 2012 (2012-10-04)
46 "His Watering Can" 5 October 2012 (2012-10-05)
47 "Cardboard Boxes" 8 October 2012 (2012-10-08)
48 "Pushing Buttons" 9 October 2012 (2012-10-09)
49 "Playing House" 10 October 2012 (2012-10-10)
50 "Gallopy Gallop" 11 October 2012 (2012-10-11)
51 "Pretty Lights" 12 October 2012 (2012-10-12)
52 "Christmas" 15 October 2012 (2012-10-15)
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