Western Animation / Sarah & Duck


Sarah & Duck is a CBeebies animated series that follows the adventures of Sarah, a 7 year old girl, and her best friend Duck, a Mallard duck in a quirky neighborhood. Narrated by Roger Allam and launched in 2013, its first series of 40 7-minute shorts did well enough that two more have been promised.

Airs on Sprout in the United States.


  • Animate Inanimate Object: A lot of them. From a vegetable patch, to a knitting bag, to a rainbow, to an umbrella, to a cake.....you name it!
  • Artistic License Animal Care: In reality, Duck would have become sick (or worse) from eating so much bread.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Duck. Think about it. A duck named Duck. There's also a knitting bag named Bag, a rainbow named Rainbow, a cake named Cake, a donkey named Donkey, an umbrella named Umbrella, a flamingo named Flamingo, some leftover yarn named......well, you'll get the idea.
  • A Boy and His X: A Girl and Her Duck.
  • All Just a Dream: The "Strawberry Souffle" episode, although the true surrealness of the episode doesn't stand out until a bit further in it.
  • Bizarrchitecture: The train that Sarah and Duck ride in "Train Fudge".
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Scarf Lady certainly qualifies.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: And Bag is this to Scarf Lady.
  • Continuity: The show has a surprisingly good amount of this despite being aimed at a younger audience.
  • Cool Old Lady: Scarf Lady, once more. Knitting an enormous hot air balloon to enter (and win) a "Balloon Race" really brings out the awesome in mundane old-lady tasks!
  • Domestic Only Cartoon: British, through and through.
  • Does Not Like Spam: In "Sarah, Duck and the Penguins", Duck tries out fish while pretending to be a penguin and is promptly disgusted by the taste. A bit of Fridge Brilliance to this; plants and invertebrates make up most of a mallard's diet, while fish is only occasionally eaten.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Subverted in "Pond Princess", in which the other ducks at the park pond crown Sarah as one. She's initially flattered, but spends most of the episode trying to figure out what they actually want her to do and becomes rather bored. As it turns out, they just want her to name a king or queen to look after them, and she's freed from her title once she does (she has Rainbow take over for her).
  • Everything Talks: The animals don't speak English, but there are tons of Animate Inanimate Objects that do.
  • Feather Fingers: Subverted. Duck and the other avian characters grab with their beaks like real birds, while they uses their wings for flapping or gesticulation.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The faces Bag makes when Scarf Lady pulls something out of him are actually quite disturbing.
  • Interactive Narrator: The Narrator helps and makes suggestions for Sarah and Duck. And, when something comes to life, he says "Look, Sarah! The (insert inanimate object here) has come to life!"
  • Limited Wardrobe: The characters never change clothes.
  • Name and Name: Sarah And Duck.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Most of the other human characters: Scarf Lady, Scooter Boy, Plate Girl, etc.
  • Parental Abandonment: Sarah and Duck appear to live alone; nothing is said or heard about her parents. Though it's possible the Interactive Narrator takes care of them.
  • Spear Counterpart: John and Flamingo, Sarah and Duck's friends.
  • Swans A-Swimming: Averted in "Fancy Park". Pretty as the swans at the titular park are, they're portrayed as greedy and snobby. When they see Sarah giving Duck some bread, they start squacking for some, she tosses a slice in the pool — and then they turn up their beaks at it, apparently seeing it as "common". A slight case of Showing Their Work, as real swans are not as friendly as people assume.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cherry tomatoes for Sarah and bread for Duck. They both like lemon water too.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: "Parasol Show" has Umbrella get an invitation to the titular show from his pen-pal, whom he spends the entire episode looking for. He never finds her, instead befriending a completely different umbrella, and the pen-pal's absence goes unexplained.