Information about Clangers

Target age

2-5 years

Episode duration

11 minutes          

Show summary

The Clangers are a family of pink, long-nosed, inventive and inquisitive mouse-shaped creatures who live on a small blue planet, out in the starry stretches of space not far from our world.

The planet’s surface is peppered with craters topped with metal dustbin lids. These flip open and shut with a ‘Clang!’, and the craters they cover reveal steps and tunnels to warm, inviting caves and burrows.

The family have many friends that participate in and make up their community. But space is also filled with all manner of weird and wonderful objects and creatures that can visit the planet too. These visits are often the catalyst for a brand new adventure for the Clangers and their friends.

They communicate with distinctive whistles and a narrator assists our audience by commenting on their everyday events and adventures – rather like a knowing wildlife observer.

Main characters

Major – Major Clanger is the head of the household. He often creates new and 'useful' inventions, some of which actually work from time to time!

Mother – Mother Clanger is practical, inquisitive and loving. She can turn her hand to pretty much anything, particularly tending to her garden of weird and wonderful herbs and plants.

Small – Small is filled with a healthy curiosity for the world around him and has inherited much of his father's passion for inventing things. He has an adventurous and impetuous spirit and shares a strong and loving bond with his sister, Tiny.

Tiny – Tiny is Small's younger sister. She is instinctive and artistic. Tiny loves the music and sounds of the planet and she can often be found conducting the music trees.

Granny – Granny Clanger is Major Clanger's mother. She knits with a passion, often making accessories and toys for the children. She has a sharp and agile mind and is a treasure trove of homespun wisdom.

Iron Chicken – The Iron Chicken lives in a nest made from scrap metal floating high above the Clangers' planet. She is particularly fond of junk metal. The Iron Chicken and Tiny Clanger are close friends and share many adventures.

Soup Dragons – The Soup Dragon lives underground, in the volcanic soup that is the staple of the Clangers' diet. She has a small son, Baby Soup Dragon, who lives with her.

Froglets – The Froglets are very bouncy creatures with spring-like locomotion. They can change colour for no apparent reason. The Froglets are mischievous and live underground in a vertical lake.

Educational benefits

Clangers helps children to:

  • Think creatively and imaginatively when problem-solving.
  • Develop perspective and empathy for others.
  • Understand different relationships and friendships.