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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 18 February 2013, its first series of 40 7-minute shorts did well enough that two more were promised, concluding on 15 December 2017.

A live stage show entitled "Sarah & Duck's Big Top Birthday" featuring puppet versions of the characters made its debut in May 2018, with a planned tour for 2019.

Airs on Sprout in the United States and is also available worldwide on Netflix.



  • Animate Inanimate Object: A lot of them. From a vegetable patch, to a knitting bag, to a rainbow, to an umbrella, to a 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.
  • All Just a Dream: Once a season.
    • The "Strawberry Souffle" episode, although the true surrealness of the episode doesn't stand out until a bit further in it.
    • "Toggle Tangle" has a lot more fun with it, with Sarah helping Scarf Lady knit a roof, only to drift off and dream she has knitted everything, the house, the sinks, the water, the fruit, the sky...
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    • "Old Toys" lets Duck have a turn, falling asleep in his robot costume to dream up a techno wonderland he's chasing some digital bread through.
  • Bizarrchitecture: The train that Sarah and Duck ride in "Train Fudge".
  • Bilingual Bonus: John and Flamingo have a pet octopus named Tako. John even says that "tako" is Japanese for "octopus."
  • Childish Tooth Gap: Sarah is sometimes shown to have a few teeth missing when she smiles, which is justified since she's seven years old and kids are usually losing their baby teeth around this age.
  • 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!
    • She also knitted a huge hat for her "Weeping Woolen Tree," where she gets all her wool from (yes, wool grows on trees here), which took nearly her entire supply of yarn, which Sarah and Duck helped to resupply when she ran out.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bag, particularly when he corrects Scarf Lady. Sarah also has her moments.
  • 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.
  • Four Fingered Hand: All the human characters are drawn with these.
  • Great Big Library of Everything: The Library that the characters frequently visit is this, where there are sections for every kind of book possible. There's even an Underwater Section where the books float in water!
  • Halloween Episode: "Boo Night", where the characters dress up and attempt to scare each other.
  • Interactive Narrator: The Narrator helps and makes suggestions for Sarah and Duck.
  • Limited Wardrobe: The characters never change clothes.
  • Malaproper: Scarf Lady, constantly. It's half her charm. Sometimes it's a closely pronounced word, sometimes she has the right concept but wrong idea, and sometimes there's no telling.
    Scarf Lady: Good morning! Hope we're not too early!
    Bag: It's the evening, and we're late!
  • Name and Name: Sarah And Duck.
  • Nice Hat: Sarah is rarely seen without her trademark green beanie hat. In some episodes where she dresses up, she'll swap her hat for one that matches whatever costume she's wearing.
    • The Librarian also wears an open book on his head and Scooter Boy has his helmet.
  • Off-Model: In the episode "Duck's Birthday", Sarah and Duck are drawn with slightly thinner outlines.
  • 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.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: In "No More Wool," Leftover Wool admits he's unaware of what Scarf Lady is knitting, but suggests that considering the size of what she's making, it's probably a "wooly hat for the Big Shop!" She was indeed knitting a wooly hat, but it was for the Weeping Woolen Tree (she calls it a "treewarmer").
  • 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 quacking 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.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: While the three big Shallots usually make the same sound together, the smallest Shallot will sometimes spout a completely unrelated sound or word.
  • 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.


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