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Series / In the Night Garden...

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From left to right: Igglepiggle, the Tombliboos, Makka Pakka, and Upsy Daisy.

A British children's television series that aired on The BBC's preschool channel CBeebies from 2007 to 2009, and is intended to give children something calming to watch at night. Ragdoll Productions (of Teletubbies fame) is the production company behind this show.

The show takes place in the eponymous Night Garden, which is a forest housing the show's characters. Among said characters are Igglepiggle, a teddy bear-like blue character who only speaks in squeaks; Upsy Daisy, a brown-skinned human-like girl; Makka Pakka, a tan character who lives in a small cave in the Night Garden; the Tombliboos, a trio of human-like characters who live in a big bush; and the Pontipines, a big family of tiny humanoid creatures who live in a small house they share with their neighbors, the Wottingers (which are literally another family of Pontipines but with blue clothing instead of red clothing).


The show has an official website that can be found here.

In the Trope Garden...

  • A Day in the Limelight: The Pontipines and the Wottingers got their own episode called "Oh Look! It's the Wottingers!". Aside from the narrator, the other characters don't even appear for most of the episode.
  • Alien Geometries: In regards to the Ninky-Nonk, a train without tracks, and the Pinky-Ponk, an airship. When these vehicles are boarding, they are just large enough for all potential passengers to fit in them, but when they're actually in motion the Ninky-Nonk is small enough to run up trees and over branches, while the Pinky-Ponk is small enough to get knocked off course by a toy ball.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The Tittifers, a group of live birds that were enhanced in CGI to give them brighter colors.
  • Art Shift: Whenever the narrator tells the characters a bedtime story at the end of each episode, the story is illustrated in 2D as opposed to the usual live-action.
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  • Black Best Friend: Upsy Daisy, whose skin color is black, is Igglepiggle's best friend.
  • Every Episode Ending: The end of an episode was signalled by all of the Tittifers singing a song together. After this, the narrator would tell one of the characters a story (read: a short summary of everything that happened in that episode). After this, all of the characters would go to sleep, except for Igglepiggle whose goodbye sequence wrapped up the episode.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: A variant where the ensemble in question isn't the main characters. The Pontipines (and by extension the Wottingers) consist of a mother and father, four boys and four girls.
  • Informed Species: Igglepiggle is apparently supposed to be a teddy bear, but he doesn't resemble one, looking more like a humanoid with a bean-shaped head instead.
  • Living Toys: Almost all the characters (apart from the Tittifers) are supposed to resemble dolls or other toys. All of them being different sizes also corresponds to how a child's collection of toys are also different sizes to one another.
  • People in Rubber Suits: Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and the Tombliboos are puppets of this kind.
  • Pokémon Speak: Everyone except for Igglepiggle and the Pontipines (who both speak in squeaks) talks like this. However, all of the speaking characters can also say "Pip pip onk onk", which means "See you later, I'm sure".
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Hoopoes and red-crested turacos are among the birds that were chosen to represent the Tittifers, but they are not identified as their original species (this being a show meant for infants and very young children).
  • Sentient Vehicle and Living Ship: The Ninky-Nonk and the Pinky-Ponk, respectively. Downplayed in that they cannot speak, nor do they appear to be organic in any way, but they can at least move completely on their own and appear to fall asleep at the end of every episode with the narrator including them in the "goodnight"s.
  • Title Drop: The narrator says "What a funny Ninky-Nonk!" several times in the episode "What a Funny Ninky-Nonk".
  • Word Salad Lyrics: All of the characters had their own little songs which the narrator would sing when they first appeared in any episode. All of them have gibberish lyrics. Here is Igglepiggle's song for an example:
    Yes, my name is Igglepiggle
    Iggle piggle wiggle niggle piggle
    Yes, my name is Igglepiggle
    Iggle piggle wiggle niggle woo!


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