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Big & Small
Big&Small edit 1.jpg
Big (right) and Small (left)
Genre Children's comedy
Created by Kindle Entertainment
Voices of Lenny Henry (Season 1–3 UK)
Todd Doldersum (Season 1-3 CAN)
Jason Hopley (Season 1-3 CAN)
Imelda Staunton (Season 1–2 UK)
Tamsin Heatley (Season 3 UK)
Opening theme "The Big and Small Song" by Lenny Henry (UK)/"The Big and Small Song" by Todd Doldersum & Jason Hopley (CAN)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 78
Executive producer(s) Anne Brogan Series 1–3
Producer(s) David Collier
Running time 11 minutes/ep
Production company(s) Kindle Entertainment
3J's Productions
Sixteen South (season 3)
Studio 100
Original network CBeebies (United Kingdom)
Treehouse TV (Canada)
Picture format 1080i ( HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 6 October 2008 (2008-10-06) – 7 November 2011 (2011-11-07)

Big & Small is a British/Canadian children's television series aimed at preschoolers following the lives of puppets, including the eponymous Big and Small. Big & Small is a co-production between Kindle Entertainment and 3J's Productions produced in association with the BBC, Treehouse TV, and Studio 100. Three series were aired between 2008 and 2011. It was Aired on CBeebies in the UK.

Episode structure

The show starts off with the characters doing many things, such as playing a game, or making something. There is then a conflict between the characters that leads to the plot of the episode. The characters then resolve their conflict before the end of the episode. There is always at least one song per episode, which was filmed in shadowmation.


Character Voices Description
Big Lenny Henry (Season 1–3 UK)
Todd Doldersum (Season 1-3 CAN)
A large purple cow-like creature with fuchsia polka dots on his back. Big is very friendly and laid-back.
Small Lenny Henry (Season 1–3 UK)
Jason Hopley (Season 1-3 CAN)
A hyperactive and loud little orange rabbit-like creature with long ears. Small is very raucous and impulsive.
Ruby Jamie Shannon (Season 1-3 CAN)
Imelda Staunton (Season 1–2 UK)
Tamsin Heatley (Season 3 UK)
A pink mouse with red hair. Ruby lives in Big and Small's house in a mouse hole.
Twiba Jamie Shannon (Season 1-3 CAN) Imelda Staunton (Season 1–3 UK) A green worm with curly hair that lives in an apple in an apple tree in Big and Small's garden. Twiba is an acronym that stands for "The Worm in Big's Apple".
The Frogs Unknown A pair of green-coloured, hat-wearing frogs who live in the garden pond. One was lime green with a red wool hat, the other was dark green with a business hat.


In the United Kingdom, Big & Small was shown on BBC1, BBC2 and CBeebies, as well as Cyw in Wales. Treehouse TV aired Big & Small in Canada. In total, over 40 channels worldwide have featured the programme. It was also seen on DVD released by ITV DVD.


Series overview

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 26 6 October 2008 7 November 2008
2 26 19 October 2009 23 November 2009
3 26 12 September 2011 7 November 2011


  • Awarded "Best Writing" at the 2013 KidScreen Awards
  • Awarded "Best Interactive Service" for Big & Small Online at the BAFTA Children's Awards in 2009.
  • Awarded "Best Children's Programme" for the episode "Blame It on the Drain" at the Royal Television Society's Educational Television Awards for 2009. Big & Small was called "A well constructed programme with great warmth, charm and child appeal."