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Green Balloon Club
Green Balloon Club Logo.jpg
Genre Children's
Created by Claire Bradley
Developed by Gary Stevenson
Starring Jake Pratt
Isabella Blake-Thomas
Debbie Korley
Adam Wells
Thai Murray-Edwards
Aliex Yuill
Chris Howard
Bill Oddie
Narrated by Gary Martin
Theme music composer Paul Mossel
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 63
Executive producer(s) Graham Lawson
Producer(s) Claire Bradley
Production location(s) Capital Group Studios
Gruffalo Studios
Camera setup Tony Bragg
Derek Gruszeckyi
Running time 20 Minutes
Distributor BBC Studios
Original network CBeebies
Picture format 16:9
Audio format Stereo
Original release 20 June 2008 (2008-06-20) – 29 May 2009 (2009-05-29)
Preceded by CBeebies Springwatch/CBeebies Autumnwatch

Green Balloon Club is a BBC children's television program that started on CBeebies on 20 June 2008.


The series is presented by 4 children: Lily-Rose who loves flowers and plants, Ant whose specialty is minibeasts, Cat who is the animals expert and Jay whose interest is in birds. Together with Skipper the dog and their balloonist, Sky, the children fly around the UK looking out for other Green Balloon Club Members and having a look at what wildlife they have in their patch. Special reporters for the programme are Jelly (The Story Makers, CBeebies Springwatch), Nature Chris and Bill Oddie. The program was conceived and made by Clare Bradley, Lotte Elwell and the CBeebies Production team, and grew out of their previous award-winning work on CBeebies Springwatch and Autumnwatch.

Each episode starts with the children doing the register, then joining in with the "Green Balloon Club" chant. At the end of the show, the balloon "lands" and everybody sings a song.


Green Balloon Club

Green Balloon Club was produced as part of CBeebies' "EcoBeebies" brand. It started with a launch show named Easy Peasy Eco Beebies on 13 June 2008, and this was followed by 48 episodes, one every week from 20 June 2008 to 29 May 2009, although there was a break during the Christmas Holidays.

Green Balloon Club Goes on Holiday (2009)

In 2009, a stand-alone series of 10 episodes were broadcast. The first half featured the Green Team visiting the Isle of Arran and the second half featured the Green Team becoming zookeepers in Belfast Zoo for a week.

Winter Special (2009)

A stand-alone Winter Special was aired in December 2009 (Recorded in November 2009), which featured the entire cast going on a winter camping adventure.

Green Balloon Club Scrapbook (2010)

In 2010, a spin-off series of 15 episodes entitled "Green Balloon Club Scrapbook" was produced which showed "what the Green Team get up to when they're not in the Green Balloon. Different members of the team check the laptop to find out what the other members of the Green Balloon Club are getting up to". This series also included animated segments starring Skipper the Dog, who in this series gained a voice. This series also included 2 song specials. "


All the music for the series was written by Paul Moessl and performed by the cast.

  • Theme Song
  • Let's Go Play Outside
  • It's Our World
  • Listen
  • All Earth's Creatures
  • Underwater
  • Fun on the Beach
  • Minibeast Madness
  • Flying
  • Whatever's Good at Christmas (written by Bill Oddie and produced by Paul Moessl, was released as a single)
  • Dig In
  • Good to get away (Arran song)
  • At the Zoo (Belfast song)
  • Animal Alphabet,
  • Waggle Dance
  • It's a Dog's Life
  • and a final special arrangement of the Title song for the Winter Special


  • Isabella Blake-Thomas as Lily Rose. She's the youngest of the Green Team and the flower expert of the Green Team. She's normally seen holding some flowers.
  • Jake Pratt as Jay, the bird expert of the Green Team. He didn't appear in one episode, and didn't appear for the Green Balloon Club Goes on Holiday spin-off, but later returned for the Winter Special.
  • Debbie Korley as Sky, the balloonist of the Green Team who leads the group on various adventures. She was replaced with Chris Howard near the end of the series' main run, and in the Green Balloon Club Goes on Holiday spin-off, but later returned in the Winter Special.
  • Adam Wells as Ant, the bug expert of the Green Team.
  • Thai Murray-Edwards as Cat, the animal Animal expert.
  • Skipper the Dog as herself. She is the real-life pet of Thai Murray-Edwards. Skipper's sounds are done through stock sound effects.
  • Aliex Yuill as Jelly, one of the Story Makers. She normally appears in episodes as a Special Reporter (reprising this role from CBeebies Springwatch and CBeebies Autumnwatch) or is with Bill Oddie in his garden.
  • Chris Howard as himself. He normally appears with other children as the leader of the Ground Crew, but near the end of the show's run became a main cast member in the balloon as Nature Chris, replacing Debbie Korley.
  • Bill Oddie as himself. He appears in some episodes alongside Jelly, where they look at the different kinds of nature around his garden.

The cast were ordinary children all found at extensive auditions. Jake Pratt was the only one of the children who was at drama school. Isabella Blake-Thomas was the youngest at just 5 when she started on the series.

Production team

  • Producer – Clare Bradley
  • Director – Lotte Elwell, Graham Forester, Peter Eyre
  • Location Directors – Sally Wilkinson, Iwan Watson, Charlotte Child, Leslie Pitt, Annabel Greenleaf
  • Researchers – Emine Yalchin, Anna Weatherhead, Kat Woolfe, Sarah Nichols
  • Production Manager – Gilly Court, Gary Stevenson
  • Runners – Rebecca Sanders, Justyna Wrucha, Kat Lynch,
  • Interactive Lead – Jon Howard
  • Design Lead – Jane Williams

Episode list

(Titles sourced from the BBC Australia website (The episodes on the UK BBC website don't have episode titles))

Green Balloon Club

Episode Original air date Details
Meet the Green Balloon Club 20 June 2008 The Green Balloon Club themselves are introduced.
Animals Under the Waters 27 June 2008 The team find out about animals under the water.
Dragonflies 4 July 2008 The team travels over the Scottish Highlands to find out what wildlife lives there, which includes the likes of the various fruit and dragonflies there.
Bugs Hunt 11 July 2008 The gang are going on a bug hunt, while Jelly is visiting the Isles of Scilly to explore over there.
Lilly-Rose Plants Nasturtiums 18 July 2008 Lily-Rose plants some nasturtiums, while the rest of the team finds out about the night-time creatures.
The Team go to the Coast 25 July 2008 The team goes to the coast of the UK, and find out about the wildlife that lives there.
Episode 7 1 August 2008 Ant brings a very special visitor to the club - a giant spider!

NOTE: The Episode was skipped over in Australia, and because of this it doesn't have an episode title.’’

Heathland 8 August 2008 The team are on the lookout for wildlife in the Heathlands.
Busy Bee Boogie 15 August 2008 The team discovers a forest of flowers.
Under the Sea 22 August 2008 The team explores near the sea and are fascinated by the different sea creatures.
Sweet Lavender 29 August 2008 The team discover how sweet lavender is.
All the Senses 5 September 2008 The Green Team use all their senses to explore the world around them.
Building a Nest 12 September 2008 Jay and Ant will be showing us how tricky it is building a nest.
Life on the Waterways 19 September 2008 The Green Team are finding out about life on the waterways.
Mud Festival in Wales 26 September 2008 The balloon is heading to a mud festival in Wales and the green team are having much messy fun with compost and clay.
Canal Boat 3 October 2008 Jelly goes on a trip on a canal boat and looks at the wildlife along the banks along with several other Club Members.
Basil the Cat 10 October 2008 The Green Team has a special visitor with them in the balloon. Basil the kitten has come to Balloon Club with Cat, and the team look at how he is like his larger African cousins.
Apples 17 October 2008 Today Jelly is harvesting apples in an orchard while Lily-Rose and Ant are starting a planting experiment to see if they can grow an apple tree.
Animals and the Seashore 24 October 2008 The Green Team find out about owls and what wildlife can be found on the seashore at this time of year.
Halloween 31 October 2008 It is Halloween and there are some spooky goings-on in the Green Balloon, including bats and a Tower of Flower!
Birds in Autumn 7 November 2008 As part of the Autumnwatch season, the Green Team are having a good look at Autumn – how the leaves change colour and whether it is possible to preserve their lovely shades.
Wild About Woods 14 November 2008 The Green Team are going wild about woods.
Hibernating Birds 21 November 2008 The Green Team are learning about hibernation and Jay is finding out if birds hibernate.
Jumping Salmon 28 November 2008 The Green Team marvel at just how athletic some creatures are. The balloon is visited by a very athletic little friend: Georgina the ferret.
Mini Christmas Trees 5 December 2008 The Green Team are starting to think about Christmas. They have an idea for making mini Christmas trees.
Christmas Tree 12 December 2008 Christmas is getting near and Sky has bought a Christmas tree for the Green Balloon.
The Story of Christmas 19 December 2008 Christmas is almost here and the Green Team is thinking about presents. Along the way, they find out the true meaning of the holiday, alongside an adaptation of the nativity told through animals.

NOTE: There was a two-week break between this episode and the next, due to the cast going on Christmas holidays.’’

New Year Special 9 January 2009 The Green Team are all together again and full of wishes for the New Year.

NOTE: Jake Pratt was absent for this episode. In the show, it was mentioned that he had the flu.

Lilly-Rose Hates Winter 16 January 2009 It is January and Lily-Rose is feeling fed up with the Winter. Her flowers have died and there is no wildlife around to spot. The Green Team set about showing her that there is still plenty to do and see in the winter.
Bird in Winter 23 January 2009 The Green Balloon Club have a good look at the birds in the winter garden. Cat and Lily-Rose are making comical dancing birds and we have a close look at stoats who are also great movers.
Pantomime 30 January 2009 The Green Team reimagine the story of Little-Red Riding Hood, with three wolves!
Making Bread 6 February 2009 The Green Team learn how bread is made.
Blue Tits 13 February 2009 The first signs of Spring are starting to appear and birds are looking for places to build their nests and start a family. Jake is putting up a new home for his robins and introduces us to a family of blue tits.
Lilly-Rose's Tooth 20 February 2009 Lily-Rose has lost her first tooth and she brings it in to show the Green Team. So Ant in turn shows her his collection of animal teeth and they look at what jobs the different kinds of teeth do.
Weather with Nature Chris 27 February 2009 Nature Chris joins the Green Team, who are having a weather day.
Skipper's Birthday 6 March 2009 The Green Team wonder when Skipper's birthday is, which Cat doesn't know about. They decide that it wouldn't be difficult to have Skipper's birthday than in the present.
Creatures Communicate 13 March 2009 The Green Team are finding out about creatures that communicate using vibrations. They decide to create a communication system of their own.
Ladybirds in Spring 20 March 2009 Spring is on the way. Ant has found his first ladybird of the year, and it looks like that it's coming out of hibernation!
The Lifecycle 27 March 2009 The Green Team find out about the life cycles of animals. Ant has brought in some pupas that he is watching, hoping that they will soon hatch into butterflies.
Animal Tracks 3 April 2009 The Green Team are going tracking. Every creature makes a different print, but can they recognise them?
City Farm and Baby Rabbits 10 April 2009 A pair of baby rabbits visit the Green Balloon. Jelly and her friends set off to a city farm to discover what baby animals they have there, and at the same time get involved with some pig racing.
Dig In 17 April 2009 The Green Team start to join in with the BBC's "Dig In" Campaign.
Toy Farm and Baby Animals 24 April 2009 Cat brings in a toy farm to Club. Along the way, the Green Team find out about baby farm animals.
Bluebells 1 May 2009 The Green Team are amazed by just how fast things can grow.
Stag Beetles 8 May 2009 Ant brings in his prize model of a stag beetle and the team finds out about Britain's biggest insect, which is under threat.
Animals That Live in Dens 15 May 2009 The Green Team build a fantastic den inside the Green Balloon, thinking about the animals that live in dens and under the ground.
Ocean in a Box 22 May 2009 The Green Team make their own nature worlds, including an amazing Ocean-in-a-Box by Cat and Ant.
Four Seasons 29 May 2009 The Green Team think about the four seasons and try to decide which is best.


Episode viewing figures from BARB.

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers CBeebies weekly ranking
20 June 2008
27 June 2008
4 July 2008
11 July 2008
18 July 2008
25 July 2008
Under 294,000
Outside Top 10
1 August 2008
8 August 2008
Under 319,000
Outside Top 10
15 August 2008
Under 302,000
Outside Top 10
22 August 2008
Under 311,000
Outside Top 10
29 August 2008
Under 312,000
Outside Top 10
5 September 2008
Under 329,000
Outside Top 10
12 September 2008
Under 389,000
Outside Top 10
19 September 2008
Under 332,000
Outside Top 10
26 September 2008
Under 368,000
Outside Top 10
3 October 2008
Under 350,000
Outside Top 10
10 October 2008
Under 347,000
Outside Top 10
17 October 2008
Under 361,000
Outside Top 10
24 October 2008
Under 380,000
Outside Top 10
31 October 2008
Under 345,000
Outside Top 10
7 November 2008
Under 336,000
Outside Top 10
14 November 2008
Under 331,000
Outside Top 10
21 November 2008
Under 364,000
Outside Top 10
28 November 2008
Under 331,000
Outside Top 10
5 December 2008
Under 338,000
Outside Top 10
12 December 2008
Under 324,000
Outside Top 10
19 December 2008
Under 401,000
Outside Top 10
9 January 2009
Under 415,000
Outside Top 10
16 January 2009
23 January 2009
30 January 2009
6 February 2009
13 February 2009
20 February 2009

Green Balloon Scrapbook

Episode Original air date Details Total viewers
1 13 January 2010 Skipper heads off on an adventure where she meets a monkey gang from South Africa. 278,000
2 20 January 2010 Skipper heads off on an adventure with a parrot party in the South American rainforest. 300,000
3 27 January 2010 Jelly is on a camping trip with some friends in Wales. 230,000
4 3 February 2010 Skipper heads off to the jungle where she meets a bird who can make the most amazing sounds. 268,000
5 10 February 2010 Ant is making his Bug Files at his local Tropical House. 249,000
6 17 February 2010 Jelly reports from the Welsh coast where she meets a surfing family. 236,000
7 24 February 2010 Skipper is off on an African adventure, where she meets a lot of water-loving hippos. 204,000
8 3 March 2010 Skipper heads underwater where she encounters a giant octopus. 193,000
9 10 March 2010 Skipper heads off to Antarctica where she goes for a long and cold walk with a group of penguins. 191,000
10 17 March 2010 Skipper heads off to South America on a multi-coloured Macaw adventure. 105,000
11 24 March 2010 Ant and his friend Bradley meet some big hissing cockroaches and have a race with them. 164,000
12 29 March 2010 Jay is out doing some birdwatching, he's looking at how autumn is a good time for birds.
13 23 December 2009 Winter Special 213,000
14 30 March 2010 Song Special part 1: The Green Team introduce their favourite songs in a special programme of music and verse. 203,000
15 31 March 2010 Song Special part 2: Ant is out looking for minibeasts. Can you guess what his favourite song will be? 350,000

Note: episode 13 was not shown between episodes 12 and 14, as it was shown within the Christmas schedule

International airings

  • The show began airing in Australia on their version of CBeebies in late 2009, in time for the summer season. Until 2019, the show still aired on the channel, in a late-night slot.
  • The show also aired on CBeebies Poland from 2010 to 2013, titled Podróże z Zielonym Balonem (Travel with the Green Balloon) and dubbed into Polish by now-defunct dubbing company Eurocom Studio.
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