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An Edutainment Show currently running on CBeebies which aims to teach children how to read and write using anthropomorphic letters called the Alphablocks. The Alphablocks live in a blank white world note , but when they hold hands to spell a word, that word comes to life, allowing them to fill it with colour and fun.

See also The Letter People, a puppet show based on the same concept.


This show provides examples of:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Alphablocks usually use words which start with their own letter whenever possible, which can lead to this. See T's catchphrases:
    T: "Anyone for tea?"// "Total tomfoolery!"// "Time for you-know-what!"
  • Aesop Amnesia: In Little Red N, N learns to say 'yes' sometimes, and to not be so negative. However, by the next episode, he goes back to saying 'no' to everything.
  • Alliterative List: A result of the Alphablocks liking alliteration, and listing things:
    T: Let's see. Ticket, toothbrush, teapot, teacup, ten teabags, tip-top!
  • Apologises a Lot: S in Best.
  • Art Initiates Life: In Pen, the Alphablocks create a pen which draws things that come to life.
  • Bag of Holding: In Plusman, an enormous pile of food somehow fits into a tiny lunchbox.
    • In Box, a box appears which contains a tower which is at least five times as big as it.
  • Balloonacy: In Up, all the letters fly into the sky with balloons.
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  • Battle of the Bands: In Band, B and A want to play pop, but N and D want to play rock, so they split up their band and form two new bands, called 'Fab' and 'Din'. They then have a battle of the bands to see which band is better.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: A giant fly carries the Alphablocks to the top of a giant plant in Wish.
    • U also rides on a big fly in Win.
  • By "No", I Mean "Yes": N does not like saying 'yes', so he says 'no' in a lot of situations where he clearly means 'yes'.
    B: Do you want to join my-
    D: Our band?
    N: No! *Nods frantically* No!
    D: Is that a yes?
    N: Yes!
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: Whenever it gets dark, the letters' eyes are always still visible.
  • Cargo Ship: In universe. In Wig, O falls in love with a wig.
  • Cassandra Truth: In Ants, N gets the power to click his fingers and make a picnic appear, but when he tells the others, nobody believes him.
  • Catching Some Z's: Whenever Z falls asleep, little Zs float out of his mouth. In Zap, he zaps all of his Zs and has to get them back.
    • When X is asleep, there are little floating Xs instead.
  • Catchphrase:
    • P: "I just popped in!"
    • B: "B on bass!"
    • D: "D on drums!"
    • T: "Anyone for tea?"/ "Total tomfoolery!"/ "Time for you-know-what!"
    • J: "I'm a jolly jaybird!" / "I can fly!" / "Jumping jellyblocks!"
    • Z: "Alphablocks! Attention!"
    • Y: "Why?"/"Yikes!"
    • I: "I know! note 
    • H: "Hooray!"
    • W: "Wow!" / "Whoops!"
    • G: "Good grief!" / "Gosh!"
    • K: "OK!"
  • Circling Birdies: In Plusman, X hits his head on the ceiling, and little Xs float around his head.
    • In Lips, when each of the letters fall off the bed, they get a halo of stars around their head.
  • Continuity Nod: In Sing, B, A, N and D all form a band. The band shows up again in some later episodes, such as Four.
    • In Band, D, I and N form another band, called 'Din'. Din appears again briefly in Win and in Magic.
  • Disembodied Eyebrows: Everyone has these.
  • Dream Sequence: Most of Zzzzz is about Z's dreams.
  • Emoticon: When Fred is happy, the symbol above his head changes to a smiley emoticon with three eyes.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Everyone gets one in Alphablocks, the first episode of the series.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: In Rainbow, the Alphablocks create a rainbow which leads to a magical land.
  • Extreme Omnivore: M eats many things, including the moon.
    • The toad in Toad also eats a lot of things, including a watering can, a teapot and a magnifying glass.
  • Flying Saucer: Fred crashes his, and can't get back home.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: In Book, a book appears which tells the Alphablocks the story of Little Red Cool Riding Hood, and the Big Good Woof.
    • In Box, a performance of Sleeping Beauty briefly turns into Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and The Three Bears.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: There are thirteen boys and thirteen girls.
  • Green Around the Gills: In Fair, O goes green after riding the helter-skelter too many times.
  • Hammerspace: T often pulls out a teapot and teacups from behind his back, though the teapot doesn't always have tea in it. E does the same with his megaphone, and I with her mirror.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: In Name A gets the hiccups and can't say her own name.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Nearly every episode's title, is a One-Word Title.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: O only speaks in Pokémon Speak, but everyone else can understand him nonetheless.
  • Job Song: In one episode, X sings about how he's a superhero.
  • Left the Background Music On: At one point in Cowboy, T and H walk up and stereotypical western music starts playing. The next shot reveals that it's caused by N playing the harmonica.
  • Leitmotif: Whenever X appears, superhero music plays. Similarly, R's appearance is often signalled by pirate-esque music.
  • Little Green Men: Fred the alien is a little green Alphablock.
  • Magic Carpet: One appears briefly in Wish, but it dematerialises before it can do anything.
    • Another one appears in Man, and M, A and T use it to chase a gingerbread man until M eats it.
  • Musical Episode: Many episodes have songs, which are usually based around one letter or phonic.
    • Bee is about E and how he's the most most common letter in the alphabet.
    • Magic is about Magic E.
    • The Cat Sat on the Mat is about words with the 'at' sound in them.
    • Song is about the 'ng' combination.
    • Four is about how you can make more complex words with four letters as opposed to three.
    • Home, Sleep, Blue, Name and Mine are about different ways of making o, e, u, a and i sounds, respectively.
  • Nerd Glasses: U wears these. In Wish, a giant blue flower gets them too.
  • Nice Hat: Magic E wears a top hat, and T wears a bowler hat.
    • In The Cat Sat on the Mat, the rat, the bat and the cat all get sparkly top hats when they jump into the giant hat.
    • In Cowboy, everyone gets a cowboy hat.
  • The Noseless: O doesn't have a nose, though everyone else does.
  • One-Word Title: Most episodes have one simple word as a title, which is the focus of the episode.
  • Out of Focus: Uncommon letters like Z, X and Q are in far fewer episodes than more common letters like T, N and the vowels, due to there being fewer simple words that can be made with them. However, when they do appear, they are usually the focus of the episode, while more common letters are often side characters.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: In Man, N says "Nes I can!", presumably to avoid saying the word 'yes'.
  • Pirate Girl: R wears an eyepatch and pirate hat, and talks like a stereotypical pirate.
  • Plot Allergy: In Cat, A is allergic to the titular cat, and sneezes whenever it comes near her. The Alphablocks manage to make the cat fall asleep, but then they create a dog, which O is allergic to.
  • Plot Hole: In episodes other than Cat, O and A come into contact with cats and dogs many times, but are not allergic to them.
  • Pokémon Speak: O only ever says 'oh'.
  • Polka-Dot Disease: In Hill, I and double L briefly become ill, and are covered in green spots.
  • Priceless Ming Vase: In Crash, T is building a teacup tower, and desperately trying to keep A from knocking it over. It's eventually ruined when T pulls a teacup from the middle of the tower, causing it to collapse.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: T has a bowler hat, monocle and moustache, and likes to drink tea.
  • Running Gag:
    • A falling out of the sky, and apples falling on her head.
    • P randomly appearing with a pineapple.
    • M eating everything.
  • Senior Sleep Cycle: Though the Alphablocks don't have definite ages, Z has a white beard and generally looks like an old man. He also constantly falls asleep, usually while talking about how everyone must stay alert.
  • Shaped Like Itself: In Thing, a thing appears. I asks what it is, and T and H say that it's a thing.
  • Shoddy Shindig: In "Superhero X", a group of letters try to throw a party but find it boring as there is nothing to do. However, X livens it up.
  • Shout-Out: A pen draws hare ears on T. Seeing as T likes tea parties, this may be a reference to the March Hare and Mad Hatter's tea party from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
    • In Fred, F grows a shark fin, and Jaws-like music plays.
    • In Dots, O paints a parody of The Mona Lisa, with himself replacing the lady in the painting.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: In Toad, M and the toad drink the water in a moat and end up kissing.
  • Spiritual Successor: Numberblocks, which is the same concept but with numbers instead of letters.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Letters often rearrange sentences or even miss out words entirely so the sentence starts with a word which begins with their letter.
  • Strong Ants: In Ants, a single ant walks off with a whole stack of apples.
  • Tareme Eyes: I and W are the only letters to have these.
  • Teleportation: P has the power to teleport, and makes a popping sound whenever she appears or disappears.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: All the girls have eyelashes and lips, and most of them have Tsurime Eyes while most of the boys have smaller round or oval eyes. Q and G are also the only characters to have hair, and are both female.
  • Trademark Favorite Drink: T likes to drink tea.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Most of the girls have these. N also gets them from Series 2 onward.
  • The Unintelligible: Fred speaks gibberish, but can communicate by altering the symbol on his head.
  • Visible Odor: In Ink, a pile of socks appears which gives off a green mist.
  • The Voiceless: Zigzagged. Magic E doesn't speak at all in some episodes, reflecting how the 'e' at the end of a word such as 'cake' isn't pronounced, but changes the sound the vowel makes. However, he does speak in other episodes, and in Magic he sings a whole song.
  • Who's on First?: Many letters sound the same as words, which often leads to jokes like this:
    S: Let's see. Seven... Plus one...
    M: Eight!
    U: I didn't eat it, M ate it!
    S: Silly M! Now we'll never know the answer!
    M: Eight!
    S: I know you ate it!
    U: No I didn't! It was M!
    M: Eight!
    S and U: WE KNOW!
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: In Rainbow, G, O, L and D find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. They tip out all the gold and keep the pot.
    • In Champ, S and H win a case of money. They turn it down, because they don't need a box of paper.
  • X-Ray Vision: X has this, though he never actually uses it for anything.

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