Created by Anne Wood
Developed by Ragdoll Productions
Starring Emma Insley
Alex Poulter
Cal Jaggers
Phil Hayes
Laura Pero
Narrated by Chris Langham
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 104
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Worldwide Limited
Ragdoll Limited
Distributor ITV
Nick Jr. UK
Original release 14 April 2003 – 6 January 2006
Related shows Teletubbies
In the Night Garden...

Boohbah is a British children's television programme created by Anne Wood. It premiered on 14 April 2003 on ITV in the United Kingdom, followed by its Nick Jr. UK premiere on 30 September 2003.[1] The series is produced by Ragdoll Productions.

The series ran for three seasons, with a total of 104 episodes.


The series focuses on the Boohbahs: five plump, fuzzy, furry, gumdrop-shaped creatures played by actors in full-body costumes. Their fur sparkles and shimmers with tiny lights, and they are hairless with big eyes and rows of lights for eyebrows. They do not speak; instead, they make noises such as squeaks, squeals, "poofs", and clicks. The Boohbahs can retract their heads into their furry necks. Each Boohbah is a different colour.

A list of the Boohbahs is available below.

The Boohbahs can fly; part of their routine is to assemble into a circle, holding hands like skydivers. Each then emits a different musical note as a flash of coloured light (matching the Boohbah's colour) is sent out from their heads to a central point.

The Boohbahs were designed and made by costume and creature designer, Vin Burnham. The costumes consist of, according to a Telegraph article on the show, "thousands of differently coloured ruffled bits of material hand-painted with a special reflective substance, [and] wired up with 500 tiny lights", are inflated, and include what appear to be radio-controlled eyes, head, and eyebrows.


The Storypeople are a diverse group of familial characters who inhabit Storyworld and there participate in various vignettes inspired by the presents (see below). They are:

The Storypeople do not speak. (When Little Dog Fido appears, he gives an "arf!") Though they sometimes exhibit frustration or confusion, the Storypeople rarely, if ever, appear upset or sad. The Storyworld segments are narrated by actor Chris Langham. In each episode the Storypeople magically receive an object sent to them by a child or group of children.


Each episode follows the same sequence of events. This is:

The Boohball

One of the common features in Boohbah is the Boohball. The Boohball, a glowing white ball, is where the Boohbahs live, and it appears out of nowhere in various parts of the show. It travels from country to country when it is called by children. Inside the Boohball is a set of pods on a round, spinning base, where the Boohbahs recharge energy. It resembles five fuzzy ladle-like charger pods with the handles and fronts linked to what appear to be currents of the Boohbahs' "energy"; one can also say the pods are the Boohbahs' beds or they resemble five fig halves. The energy is created by the laughter of the children when playing with the Boohbahs, the Boohball, and the Storypeople.

The Boohzone

The main setting of Boohbah is the Boohzone, which is the Boohbahs' habitat. The Boohzone can be compared to a multi-coloured dome with bubbles on its walls, and a rainbow streak leading up to the Boohball. In the middle of the Boohzone is a coloured walkway leading to a spot that resembles either a rainbow spiral or a blank circle when the Boohbahs come down to that area to dance. In the introductions to the "Storyworld" segments, some children will come into the Boohzone to give a present to the Storypeople, and the Boohball will pick it up and send it to Storyworld.


118 episodes were produced, making up three seasons.

Season 1 (2003)

Season 2 (2003-2004)


Boohbah aired in the UK on CITV, GMTV and Nick Jr. In the US it aired on PBS Kids and Sprout. It was shown on ABC in Australia. In Canada it aired on Treehouse TV.


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