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The Lingo Show
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Genre Children's
Animated
Created by Nicole Seymour
Directed by Charlotte Bushell & Lee Kitchen
Starring Marc Silk
Lin Lin
Aurelie Harp
Fran Canals
Britta Gartner
Elen Rhys
Bhasker Patel
Samir Fothergill
Park Hae-Yeop
Park Shin-Yong
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 31
Production
Executive producer(s) Adam Redfern
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) BBC
Dinamo Productions
Release
Original network BBC, CBeebies
Original release 12 March 2012 (2012-03-12) – 1 September 2017 (2017-09-01)

The Lingo Show is a British flash animated children's television series created by Nicole Seymour, produced by the BBC and animated by Dinamo Productions for BBC's CBeebies channel and programming block. The characters and many other elements were designed by Kate Sullivan. The show, which combines flash animation with live action footage, is designed to introduce pre-school children to new languages. The series, which initially began as an interactive minisite on the CBeebies website, aired for two seasons on CBeebies between 2012 and 2013.

Show format

The series revolves around a bug host named Lingo and his family of bugs, who each specialize in a different language. At the request of kids, Lingo and his team travel around the globe to perform a Big Bug Show using one of their star performers. In each episode, the chosen bug searches around for props accorded for their show, introducing potential objects in their respective language, before bringing them back to Lingo so they can perform their Big Bug Show in front of the delighted preschool kids.

Characters

The characters were designed by Kate Sullivan. Kikli, Dyzio, and Subah do not appear as major characters.

  • Lingo: The ringmaster ladybug of the Big Bug Show. He is in charge of bringing his Big Bug Stage across the world to host shows and often has wild ambitions as to what they could entail. Voiced by Marc Silk.
  • Wèi: A little ant who speaks Mandarin. He is often seen wearing roller skates and a crash helmet. Voiced by Lin Lin.
  • Jargonaise: A female pink butterfly who speaks French. Voiced by Aurelie Harp
  • Queso: A cockroach who speaks Spanish. He is often seen carrying his guitar. Voiced by Fran Canals
  • Lieb: An athletic tick who speaks German. Voiced by Britta Gartner.
  • Blodwen: A fuzzy green caterpillar who speaks Welsh.
  • Jaadoo: A white green striped weevil who speaks Urdu. He is constantly seen riding a unicycle and comes from Pakistan.
  • Dyzio: A stick insect who speaks Polish.
  • Kikli: A yellow bee with a magic wand who speaks Punjabi. Voiced by Samir Fothergill.
  • Subah: A green snail in a purple polka-dotted shell who speaks Somali. Voiced by Park Shin-Yong.
  • Spaestro: A blue spider with eight violet arms who plays several instruments, including a washboard, a drum, a trumpet, a piano, a violin, a xylophone, and a music player.
  • Bloozles: A group of small green worker bugs that helps Lingo in preparing for the Big Bug Show.
  • Floozles: The flying bugs that help Lingo prepare for the show too.

Episodes

Season 1 (2012)

Episode Title Original UK airdate
1 Chop Chop 12 March 2012
2 Wei's Giant Jump 13 March 2012
3 Cannonbug 14 March 2012
4 Wei Up High 15 March 2012
5 Wei's Buggy Best 3 16 March 2012
6 Can't Can't 19 March 2012
7 Trapeasy Rider 20 March 2012
8 Balancing Bug 21 March 2012
9 The Limbo Show 22 March 2012
10 Jargonaise's Buggy Best 3 23 March 2012
11 Strong Bug 26 March 2012
12 Questanets 27 March 2012
13 Queso the Clown 28 March 2012
14 Ice Cream Queso 29 March 2012
15 Queso's Buggy Best 3 30 March 2012

Season 2 (2013)

Episode Title Original UK airdate
1 A Lieb of Faith 20 May 2013
2 Trampo-Lieb 21 May 2013
3 Hop, Skip, Jump 22 May 2013
4 Gymtastic Bug-tastic 23 May 2013
5 Lieb's Buggy Best Three 24 May 2013
6 The Swingo Show 27 May 2013
7 The Amazing Kikli 28 May 2013
8 The Vanishing Trick 29 May 2013
9 The Magic Box 30 May 2013
10 Kikli's Buggy Best Three 31 May 2013
11 Subah's Obstacle Spectacle 3 June 2013
12 Upside Down Subah 4 June 2013
13 Subah's Ball Show 5 June 2013
14 Wheely Good 6 June 2013
15 Subah's Buggy Best Three 7 June 2013
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