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Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom facts for kids
|Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom|
|Created by||Mark Baker & Neville Astley|
|Written by||Neville Astley
|Directed by||Mark Baker
Phillip Hall (2012)
Joris van Hulzen (2012)
|Opening theme||Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom opening theme|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||104 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||104 x 11 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Astley Baker Davies
The Elf Factory
Rubber Duck Entertainment (2008)
E1 Kids/Entertainment One Family (2009–2012)
|Distributor||Contender Entertainment Group (2009)
Entertainment One (2009-present)
|Original network||Channel 5
|First shown in||United Kingdom|
|Original release||6 April 2008– 24 December 2013|
Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom is a British animated children's television series. The show was created by Neville Astley and Mark Baker, and produced by Astley Baker Davies and Entertainment One (the companies responsible for Peppa Pig). Many of the actors who lend their vocal skills to characters in Peppa Pig also work on Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom. These include John Sparkes, Sarah Ann Kennedy, David Rintoul and David Graham. The music is produced by Julian Nott, who is noted for his Wallace and Gromit and Peppa Pig scores.
The show is set in the Little Kingdom which is hidden among thorny brambles. The Little Kingdom is ruled by King and Queen Thistle mainly from the Little Castle, where they live with their three daughters Holly and younger twins Daisy and Poppy. Elves live at the Great Elf Tree, which plays the role of a school, library, mission control service, apartment block and factory for toys and wands. Elves hold the belief that they should never arrive late to anything. Civil fairies live in the Fairy Village, which consists of toadstools which have no food or comfort.
Fairies use magic and most of the fairies are named after flowers and plants. Elves have their own catchphrase, "...and I'm an Elf!" (or "We're Elves!"), and fairies also have their own catchphrase, commonly "I'm a fairy". Elves tell the time with wrist watches and/or clocks, while fairies tell the time in very unconventional ways. The Elves operate Elf Rescue, the Elf Farm and the Elf Windmill. King Thistle likes to play golf and crazy golf at the Royal Course. Ben and Holly have a ladybird friend called Gaston. Nanny Plum and the Wise Old Elf are characters too, and they have important jobs to do in the context of the show. Mr and Mrs Elf are Ben's parents. The Wise Old Elf is not married anymore but has three sons.