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Big City Park is a live action puppet show, aimed at preschoolers and shot on location in Ormeau Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Big City Park is an original property created, written and produced by Sixteen South in co-production with BBC Scotland.

Premise and Production

Big City Park is a 26 x 14 minute preschool show that aims to get children outdoors and rediscover the awe and wonder of nature. The show features Billy the badger, Dara the fox and a troll called Ruairi, who all live in the park - along with their human friend, May the park keeper.

It was a BBC featured show for August 2010 and rated very highly with over 24% of the audience. It peaked with an audience share of 341,000 on 20 August with an average of 244,000 across the series. It was the second most watched show in its slot on CBeebies during August 2010 and the first show attracted 19,000 viewers on BBC iPlayer alone.


Episode Number Title
1 May’s First Day
2 Everyone Can Sing
3 It’s Hot Hot Hot
4 Captain Billy
5 Woodland Workout
6 Sounds of the Park
7 Follow the Signs
8 Henry Hedgehog
9 I Want to Grow Bigger
10 Ruairi Day
11 Splash
12 Quest for the Chest
13 A Load of Rubbish
14 A Magic Carpet Ride
15 Happy Birthday May
16 Up in the Trees
17 Tall Tales
18 A Den for Dara
19 Making Music is Easy
20 Making Things Grow
21 Summer Holiday
22 Ruairi’s Little Friend
23 Big Windy Park
24 Outfoxed by a Fox
25 A Special Friend Visits


  • BAFTA Scotland for Best Children's Series - 2011
  • IFTA Award for Best Youth/Children's programme, Ireland - 2011
  • Silver Plaque - Hugo Award, Chicago - 2011
  • CINE Golden Eagle - 2011
  • Commended - Celtic Media Festival – 2011
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