Information about In the Night Garden

Target Age

2-4 year olds

Episode Duration

30 minutes

Show Summary

This show appeals to very young children and follows a cast of loveable, funny characters as they play together in a magical forest. Narrated by Derek Jacobi, each half hour episode is filmed in a real wood and uses computer animation techniques to create bright and engaging storylines. The episodes are highly interactive as young viewers will often copy the songs and dances of the main characters. The series has been produced as a modern interpretation of a nursery rhyme book, and is fantastical, repetitive (with all characters maintaining set characteristics) and uses song and dance to engage young viewers and help them wind down before bedtime.

Main Characters

Iggle Piggle – An energetic blue character who loves jumping and squeaking and always carries his red blanket with him.

Makka Pakka – A smaller character who lives in a cave, loves stones and is always making sure everyone’s faces are clean. He carries a sponge and soap around with him and is often found pushing his bike, which is called an Og-Pog.

Upsy Daisy – A happy, outgoing dancing character who loves nothing more than performing a routine and twirling around and is always found nearby her bed, which has a mind of its own! She has a soft spot for Iggle Piggle.

The Pontipines and the Wottingers – Two families of 10 (two adults and eight children) who live in semi-detached houses at the bottom of a tree. The Pontipines are red and live in the red house and the Wottingers are blue. They all like to dance in formation and chatter.

The Tombliboos – Three musical characters that have stripy outfits of different colours and live in a round bush that has a series of levels and rooms – a problem when you lose something!

The Haahoos – Six huge, bright, floating characters that move slowly and fall asleep at the end of the programme.

The Ninky Nonk and the Pinky Ponk – These vehicles take the characters around the Night Garden. The Ninky Nonk is a train with three fantastical carriages that gives a very bumpy ride. The Pinky Ponk is an airship that, despite its warning siren, often bumps into trees and branches.

Educational Benefits

In the Night Garden helps children to:

  • Learn how to follow a narrative and recognise different characters.
  • Improve memory, by remembering each character's name, traits and quirks.
  • Engage with music and dance, by copying the main characters’ routines.
  • Learn about bedtime routine, as each show finishes with the characters all winding down and going to bed.