Sunday, 28 July 2013

Q Pootle 5 from book to screen Giveaway

There's a new show on cbeebies!

Nick Butterworth's book, QPootle 5 has been re-imagined into a fun show to be hosted on Cbeebies and will air daily from:
Monday 29th July at 8.15am 

You can get more updates on Q Pootle 5 via its Facebook page at

Space is a fun place to be with Q Pootle 5!
Out there…amongst the millions and billions of stars is a little planet called Okidoki. You might be able to see it if you look very closely…along the Milky Way, just past the Gold Top Nebula. This magical planet provides the perfect playground for a friendly little alien called Q Pootle 5.
Join Q Pootle 5 and his friends OopsyEddiStellaRayGroobieBud-D and Planet Dave, as they tackle the everyday problems of the final frontier.  
There’s never a dull moment on Okidoki. Stranded on Crumbly Moon? Help is at hand. A planet with a temperature? No problem. A party hat for a two-headed friend? They’ll find one that fits . . . or maybe two!
Friendship is at the heart of the series. With fun and engaging stories, and rich and nuanced characters, space is a fun place to be with Q Pootle 5.
Q Pootle 5 features the voices of Ed Gaughan (Bunnytown, Black Mirror); Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey, Poppy Cat); Steven Kynman (Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam); Richard Ridings (Peppa Pig); and Ella Kenion (Cuckoo, The Hive, Swashbuckle). 

Main Characters
Q Pootle 5 is the central character. He’s fun, easy-going, kind, and resourceful. He’s a leader without being bossy. There’s nothing he loves more than spending time with his friends – they look up to him, but he doesn’t really notice.
Oopsy is Q Pootle 5’s best friend. She’s excitable, impetuous and OK, a bit gung-ho! Oopsy has the most infectious giggle in the galaxy. She loves to dance and draw..
Eddi is one person with two heads. A worrier who’s often in two minds! He doesn’t mean to be rude but he can sometimes be, how shall we say, direct! Eddi is a bit of a techie and can often be found tinkering with his spaceship.
Stella is creative, offbeat and independent. She loves growing things in her garden and she’s very generous. She plays the bagpipes (there’s room for improvement) and she lives with her bird, Ray.
Ray is a major bird who doesn’t like heights. He’s grumpy, offhand and lazy. But Stella loves him to bits!
Groobie is very jolly, very obliging and rather disorganised. He runs a café-cum-store and if he hasn’t got what you need, he’ll almost certainly be able to get it. He plays the piano in a style somewhere between Les Dawson and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Bud-D is Groobie’s right-hand-robot. He’s loyal, enthusiastic and cheerful, but not always that reliable.
Planet Dave is a giant of a friend. He has the patience and wisdom of someone who’s seen it all in his four billion years. He spends a fair bit of time dozing, but he loves the company of his friends from Okidoki. For a planet, he gets involved more than you might think.

Q and A: The Making of Q Pootle 5 with Nick Butterworth (Executive Producer, Production Designer and Writer)
Nick Butterworth is a multi-million selling, award-winning author and illustrator. His books include Q Pootle 5,thePercy The Park Keeperseries,Tiger,Albert Le BlancandThe Whisperer. Nick has sold over 15 million books worldwide and his books have been published in more than 30 languages.
How would you describe Q Pootle 5 as a show?
Q Pootle 5 is a fun and exciting show with friendship at its heart. It taps into the world of young children where imagination always trumps reality!
And how would you describe him as a character?
Q Pootle 5 is a friendly and fun-loving person who has a real sense of adventure. He’s very kind and loves spending time with his friends. He’s good at solving problems – but he’s not infallible – sometimes it can be a problem of his own making!
How did Q Pootle 5 make the jump from book to screen? Tell us about the creative process
The idea came from my two books, Q Pootle 5 and Q Pootle 5 In Space. My son, Ben and I initially looked at the two books and the characters that we felt could be developed. Ideas would arrive very quickly. For example, one of us might suddenly ask, “Where does a character live?” and from this, we might develop a number of ideas, not always related to the original question! It was very satisfying when one idea sparked another.

Of course we wanted to maintain the integrity of the original books, but the possibilities that animation offered, the creation of a world with movement, voices, music and sound effects, inspired us to take things further.
Snapper is a family company – what is it like working with your family on the series?
Speaking for myself and for my wife Annette, who is also deeply involved in the production process, I can say that it has been a real pleasure. We each have individual strengths and areas of responsibility. But we also have a certain amount of overlap.
What do you love about Q Pootle 5?
For me it has been hugely satisfying to be able to widen the scope of what I have been trying to do in the field of children’s books. TV is a much more collaborative process than publishing. Working with Ben and Annette has allowed me to work with people I like and respect towards the common goal of creating a high quality, narrative based children’s TV series.
What makes the show appealing to the pre-school audience (and parents)?
Space is exciting and intriguing to people. The series has diverse, strong stories and rich nuanced characters that people can identify with. There is a lot of fun and laughter in the series and some very tender moments too, which all seem to really resonate with children and parents.
Why did you choose to create the show in CGI?
CGI gives us the opportunity to create very real environments and we knew with the right animators – and Blue Zoo are very much the right animators – we could realise much more
of our vision for the series. Being able to move and fly through the world and space in thre
dimensions gave us so much scope for storytelling.

Q and A: Ed Gaughan is the voice of Q Pootle 5
Tell us about Q Pootle 5 - how would you describe the show?
Q Pootle 5 is an animated series set in space, on a planet called Okidoki. It follows the adventures of a group of loveable alien friends. The show feels to me like the children’s TV I grew up loving, such as Mr Benn and The Wombles, as it is very character driven.
Tell us about your favourite character in the show
All the characters are ace but we all have a soft spot for Planet Dave!
What’s your favourite thing about him?
I love his lugubrious voice.
What do you think it is about the show that children are going to enjoy?
The characters and their interaction, the music, the spaceships!
What was it like working with Nick Butterworth and the team?
Nick and the team are great. They have a clear idea of what they want but allow us the freedom to make the characters come alive.
What was your favourite TV series as a kid?
Mr Benn, The Wombles, Bagpuss, Chortlon and the Wheelies, Top Cat, Stingray and Thunderbirds

The Competition

To celebrate the show, I have a Q Pootle 5 book to give away to one of my lovely readers.

To enter the competition, please name one of the main characters.

Answers in the comments section below. Please include a way of contacting you, such as twitter id.
One winner will be selected using, please reply with your details with 7days of winning or another winner will be selected.

Competition Closes on Monday 12th August at noon.

Optional Bonus entries:
• Follow me on Twitter and Tweet a link to the comp including @beachpebble
• Like "Emma in Bromley" Facebook page
• Follow me on Pinterest (beachpebble) and Pin this comp on Pinterest
• Add me to your Google + and G+ this post
• Follow my blog on Bloglovin
• Follow me on Instagram and like my Q Pootle 5 picture
• Leave a comment on another of my blog posts (not other comps)

Please leave a separate comment below for each of your bonus entries so I can count them (max 1 for each method).

Emma in Bromley xx


  1. One of the main characters is Ray :-)

  2. I follow you on Twitter as @solarsangel and have tweeted about the competition too :-)

  3. I already like your facebook page :-)

  4. I follow you on G+ and have G+1'd :-)

  5. Liked your facebook page as Becki Blackburn

  6. Liked and pinned on pinterest as kalykee

  7. Followed on g+ and have g+1'd you as becki blackburn

  8. Following and tweeted :)


  9. I like Oopsy!
    I'm following on Facebook and Bloglovin'

    Elaine x

  10. Following & tweeted

  11. I like you on Facebook as Karen Barrett

  12. Following on Bloglovin' as Karen Barrett

  13. Already follow on G+ and I've +1ed this post.

  14. Following on instagram and liked the pic. ericaprice6


Thank you for your comments

Emma x